The airport in Spanish Teruel is now fourth in Spain

by Lorraine Williamson
Teruel airport

TERUEL – Teruel airport, which will celebrate its first decade of operation in 2023, is already the fourth largest in Spain, after Madrid, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca. 

Teruel airport underwent a recent expanseion from 350 hectares to 550 hectares. Consequently, the airport is now the largest in the country after Madrid, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca. Teruel airport is focused on the parking, conservation and recycling of aircraft, as well as aviation and space research. Teruel airport will celebrate its first decade of operation in 2023. It is already the fourth largest in Spain, behind only Madrid, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca. Furthermore, in less than 10 years, Teruel’s airport platform has been focused on aircraft parking, conservation and recycling. In addition, it concentrates on aviation and space research. 

More parking space for aircraft 

The expansion was carried out in response to the exponential growth of the airport’s activity. Furthermore, it has tripled the number of aircraft parking spaces from 132 to more than 370. In addition, new spaces have been created to accommodate the implementation of this industry. linked companies. 

In the short and medium term, aircraft maintenance activities will be expanded to include painting. Factory halls will be built to develop drone technology, support the pioneering company PLD Space, and launch new industries such as those related to aerial work in the stratosphere. PLD Space is the manufacturer of the first rocket designed in Spain.

Success due to industrial activity 

The Minister of Territorial Structure, Mobility and Housing of the Aragonese government and chairman of the consortium that manages the airport, José Luis Soro, attributes the success to the fact that the development model – industrial activity – differs from that of other airports. And he is optimistic about the future. “We have shown we work seriously and that enabled us to gain an international foothold in the industry,” he says. 

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The airport expects to reach 1,200 operations – landings and take-offs – by 2022. That is double the number registered in 2021, as the Covid pandemic continued to slow down air traffic. Since opening its runway in 2013, it has completed 20,000 operations and issued 40,000 cards for people to access the airspace of its facilities. 

The design of the project for the construction of a hangar and a hall for zeppelins have been put out to tender. Furthermore, the construction of a hangar with a capacity for two A-380s, the largest passenger aircraft in the world, is progressing at a good pace. The project to prepare a new industrial area will soon be put into operation. The 350 direct and 500 indirect jobs currently available are expected to double in three years. 

Headquarters of the Spanish Space Agency 

For the director of the airport, Alejandro Ibrahim, the implementation of the headquarters of the Spanish space agency, 15 years after the start of construction of the airport, would be “a boost and national recognition of the strong growth of the aerospace sector in Teruel” 

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