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Granada Airport, found in the region of Andalusia, Spain, provides a very valuable gateway to the city of the same name, and all its surrounding municipalities. Business professionals and tourists use the airport, predominantly to other ones in the country. Its official and full name is the Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaen, and it is allocated the IATA code GRX. The airport is fully equipped for the comfort of all passengers, and is considered to be a modern and efficient establishment.
The Airport of Granada lies approximately 9.5 miles, or 15km west of the city of the same name, and about 100km, or 62.5 miles from Jaen, the city which forms part of the full name. Although quite far from the premises, Jaen was included in the official name in order to promote both this area and Granada’s importance in international tourist circuits. The official name was established in 2006, and is in honour of a famous poet of the area, known as Federico García Lorca, who was a world ambassador for Andalusia. The airport serves the region of La Vega del Genil, and is particularly nearby to the municipalities of Chauchina, El Jau, Cijuela, Lâchar and Santa Fe. On a larger scale, the city of Alhambra is found towards the south of the country of Spain, with Jaen and Ciudad Real to the north, and Madrid to the far north, Cordova and Seville to the west and Malaga and Marbella to the south-west. To the east, and along the coastline, is Cartagena, with Murcia just to the north.
The airport can be reached by public transport, as local buses run regular routes to and from the location, or a taxi or private transfer can be arranged. There are also car hire companies for arriving passengers in need of a more private vehicle. Granada Airport is linked to a few large roads, which makes it easily accessible to passengers arriving in their own vehicles. The A-92 is the main access road, and is a large Autovia leading from Granada, and continuing west all the way to Seville. Passengers coming from Jaen, in the north, can take the A-44 to Granada, and then the A-92 to the airport. The A-44 also leads south towards the coast.
The history of GRX air services dates back to 1911, when the first flight took place over the city. Aircraft activity continued with a couple of air shows until the First World War. In later years, a more permanent aerodrome was built to support military activity during the war with Morocco, on the land that was used for the air shows. It was equipped with various facilities, including workshops, warehouses, a telegraph station and two hangars, each with space for 17 aircraft. In 1929 the Granada-Seville route was opened to civilian traffic, but the airport was soon again taken for military operations during the civil war. Military activity at the aerodrome finally ceased in 1946, and it became a permanent facility for domestic, civilian and international tourist traffic. However, although facilities at the current location were improved, it was evident that a new airfield in a better location would be necessary. Airport of Granada, as we know it, began its construction in 1970, and was open to passenger traffic in 1972. One of the highlights in the history of Granada itself was when it hosted the 1995 World Ski Championship, and for this occasion, the facilities were considerably improved. Further aircraft parking areas were built, the runway was lengthened and the terminal building was enlarged.
Today, the airport has a single terminal building, capable of handling well over a million passengers per annum, and one runway, 2,900 metres in length, and able to accommodate aircraft of reasonable size. The terminal is divided into arrival and departure areas, both of which have adequate facilities for their passengers. The departures hall has a capacity for 486 passengers, and the boarding lounge can handle up to 380 passengers at a time. There are twelve check-in desks and ticket sales offices for the airline companies of Air Europa, Iberia, Spanair and Vueling. Other facilities include a shopping area, restaurants and cafés, and a waiting area. There are also four boarding gates, numbered from one to four. All proceedings are handled from the ground floor, and in the arrivals area, there are three baggage reclaim carousels, a customs office, police and civil guard offices. It has a capacity for 595 passengers. The main arrivals hall can handle 399 passengers, and features car hire offices, cash machines, public toilets and a waiting area. The location is equipped with meeting room facilities and a VIP lounge for business passengers, as well as tourist and general information desks and facilities for disabled passengers. Reduced mobility passengers have access to a special check-in desk and adapted telephone booth, and there are access ramps to all areas. Reserved parking spaces are available as well.
The Federico García Lorca Granada Airport is served by a several airline companies, which mainly handle domestic flights to destinations that include Madrid, Barcelona, Tenerife, Palma de Mallorca and Melilla, however, seasonal international flights are offered as well, to Rome and Paris. The main airline companies providing flights for Granada’s passengers are Air Europa, Iberia, Iberia operated by Air Nostrum, Spanair, Transavia France, Vueling Airlines, Blu-Express and Helitt. Ryanair has also recently joined the airline companies at the airport. In 2010, the destination handled just over 978,000 passengers, with 13,843 operations, as well as 37.8 tons of cargo. Current passenger traffic can however be considered as quite low when compared to previous years, when Granada was handling almost 1,5 million per annum.
Granada Airport information is available from within the terminal, or passengers can telephone at +34 958 24 52 00. There is also an e-mail address available: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The (IATA) 3 letter code for Granada Airport is GRX named by the International Air Transport Association in Quebec, Canada. To aid your travel the Geo coordinates are 37.18861, -3.77722 you can enter this into your tom tom or any in car GPS system to help to get directly to the destinaton.