As of November 2011, the airport at Pamplona has been through a makeover and a new terminal has been added to enable the facility to offer passengers a better quality of service and more comfortable surroundings. The capacity is now much larger with more passengers expected soon as airlines look to increase the number of routes that will connect with the airport. Previously annual passenger numbers have been around 300,000 people but with the expansion of the new terminal this has the potential to rise to 1.1 million passengers. Last year alone the terminal had just over 290,000 passengers going through it as a result of over 10,000 flights, and the total weight of cargo for the year amounted to 42 tonnes.
Since May 2010 the airfield has also been extended, stretching the runway from 2,200 metres to 2,400 metres and this means that much bigger aircraft can take off and land. The extension also enables planes to run in unfavourable weather conditions even with full cargo holds. With better conditions for planes the introduction of longer flights is likely to come about in a short amount of time as currently flights only run within Spain. Connections can be caught with Barcelona El Prat and Madrid Barajas and these are run by Air Nostrum which is part of Iberia’s regional service.
Departures are made easy with nine check-in desks to speed up the process and two new security points are also featured to minimise queues while also ensuring passenger safety is at a premium. Having checked in there is only one shop and cafeteria serving food but it’s open early until late and waits are only short. As the flights are domestic less time is also needed before checking in. Around the new terminal the feel to the check-in and waiting areas is very minimalist with large glass fronts and wide open spaces. The interior garden has an element of Zen to it too, with a couple of small trees surrounded by white stones and apart from that there are some art sculptures to look at to pass the time.
Getting to the airport has been made easier with the new terminal as access routes have been updated although the bus doesn’t stop directly at the terminal anymore but outside in the Talluntxe industrial estate. Passengers with really heavy luggage should bear this in mind, although as the airport is only six kilometres from the city taxis aren’t very expensive and can also be readily found waiting at the arrivals exit for people heading into town. To get the bus the Line 16 is the one to take which travels between Aizoain, Noain and Beriain and Pamplona airport is located between Noain and Esquiroz.
For accommodation needs four Pamplona Airport hotels have nearby rooms including a two star option in Hostal Izaga or the Hotel Partner Ciudadela, Hotel Husa Noain and Hostal Alaiz all have three star amenities. With the airport expansion the car park has been increased which now has space for more than 650 vehicles and at arrivals four car hire firms have information desks. Travellers can pick the latest models in different sizes, so bigger families can also find cars large enough for everyone, and these come from premium companies such as Hertz, Avis, Europcar and Atesa.
As well as the standard shops, food and car hire the airport goes out of its way to make sure passengers with special requirements have an easy trip. All passengers with restricted mobility are looked after by the assistance service which includes a 24 hour helpline and staff available at all normal operating hours.
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