Flights - How to Get to Lanzarote

'airport Lanzarote with traffic control center, Spain' - Lanzarote
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Located in San Bartolomé, about 5km south west of Arrecife, Lanzarote Airport is the only one on the island. The fourth largest airport in the Canary Islands, Lanzarote Airport is the closest one to Africa and recently added an additional terminal specifically designed to cater for national and inter-island flights.

You can travel to Lanzarote from a multitude of European destinations, including Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, mainland Spain, Switzerland and the UK, as well as the other Canary Islands. The UK and Germany account for over 70% of international traffic, whilst domestic flights are concentrated around three destinations – Madrid, Gran Canaria and Tenerife North.

More than 15 different airlines operate from Lanzarote Airport, with the low-cost carrier Ryanair covering the most destinations. Air Europa, Air Berlin, TUIfly, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Germanwings, Iberia, Aer Lingus and Vueling Airlines also operate out of this airport.

As well as Ryanair, a number of other low-cost airlines also cover Lanzarote, including Monarch, EasyJet and Jet2, each of which routinely offers one-way flights to Lanzarote for less than €100 from a number of European destinations. So if you’re looking for a budget flight, you should have a great selection to choose from.

Prices can vary hugely between airlines, so if you’re determined to find the cheapest flight available, have a look at various websites to see which airlines have the best deals for the dates you want to fly on. If you don’t know where to start, take a look at a flight search engine which will scan through several different airline websites for you.

In 2012, Lanzarote Airport handled 5,168,775 passengers, making it the ninth busiest airport in Spain after Ibiza in the Balearic Islands which came eighth, Tenerife South which came seventh, Alicante which came sixth and Gran Canaria which came fifth. In 2012, Lanzarote also ranked in at the 72nd busiest airport in the whole of Europe.

Even though Lanzarote is located just off the north western coast of Africa, a direct flight from any destination in Europe to Lanzarote is always a short-haul flight. If you’re planning a visit to Lanzarote, here’s a rough guide so you will know how long it will take:

Madrid, Spain – Lanzarote: 2 hours 30 mins

Paris, France – Lanzarote: 3 hours 45 mins

London, UK – Lanzarote: 4 hours

Dublin, Ireland – Lanzarote: 4 hours 30 mins

Amsterdam, Netherlands – Lanzarote: 4 hours 40 mins

Berlin, Germany – Lanzarote: 5 hours