A Coruña Airport

A Coruña Airport (IATA: LCG, ICAO: LECO),[2] formerly known as Alvedro Airport, is the airport serving the Galician city of A Coruña in northwestern Spain. The airport is located in the municipality of Culleredo, approximately 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) from the city center. It is a part of the network of airports managed by Aena, a Spanish state-owned company responsible for airport management. Air traffic control is provided by Ferronats. In 2014, 988,834 passengers used the airport.

A Coruña Airport

Aena A Coruña logo
Airport typePublic
ServesA Coruña Galicia, Spain
Hub forVueling
Elevation AMSL328 ft / 100 m
Coordinates43°18′07″N 008°22′38″W / 43.30194°N 8.37722°WCoordinates: 43°18′07″N 008°22′38″W / 43.30194°N 8.37722°W
Location of Galicia in Spain

Location of Galicia in Spain
LECO is located in Galicia
Location of airport in Galicia, Spain
Direction Length Surface
ft m
03/21 7,670 2,338 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers change 17-18Increase7,4%
Movements change 17-18Increase 9,2%
Sources: Aena[1]


Early years

On 11 September 1953, the Council of Ministers of Spain ordered the urgent construction of an airport to serve the city of A Coruña. This was the first airport to serve the area, as the hilly topography and meteorological conditions in the region made construction difficult. At the time, the only air service to the province of Galicia was through the Lavacolla Airport in Santiago de Compostela, which opened in 1935.

The first airport was built on the Alvedro meseta in the municipality of Culleredo. The original air field was very sparse; subsequent projects included the construction of parking facilities and a terminal.

In 1961, radio, and electric monitoring facilities were constructed. In 1962, a terminal building was constructed, and landing lights and other signals were installed on the runway. At the same time, the legislature of A Coruña ordered the construction of a road to connect the airport with the cities of A Coruña and Santiago de Compostela. In 1963, a services building was added to the airport.

The construction was completed in May 1963, when the airport was opened to national commercial traffic. The inauguration of the airport took place on 25 May 1963, when the first commercial airliner arrived from Madrid. This first flight was operated by the Spanish Aviaco airline.

During 1964, Aviaco operated a Vigo-A Coruña-Santander-San Sebastián-Barcelona line served by Convair 440s. The routing proved to be spectacularly unpopular and unprofitable, and was discontinued after a year of service. A brief attempt in 1971 to run an identical routing was equally unsuccessful. By the end of the 1960s, the airport had begun receiving charter flights from Switzerland and London, England.

A customs office was opened in 1979, and an air traffic control room was added in 1990. A number of improvements were made during the 1980s, including an increase of runway gradation of 1 degree 12 minutes and the installation of an Instrument Landing System (ILS).

Development since the 1990s

Check-in counters

By 1994, yearly passenger numbers had surpassed 259,000. Further expansion of the airport and its facilities, including a new terminal building, as well as the urbanization of the surrounding area has prompted continuous growth and the increasing popularity of the airport. In 2001, the airport installed jet bridges and a cargo terminal. Currently the airport has a single runway (03/21), 1,940 metres (6,360 ft) long, and is capable of supporting up to 12 take-offs and landings per hour.

Current and future projects include the expansion of parking facilities, an upgrade of the ILS system from Category II to Category III, a short runway expansion, and expanded aircraft parking facilities.

Airlines and destinations

Air Europa Madrid
Iberia Madrid
Volotea Seasonal: Bilbao (begins 4 April 2019)
Vueling Barcelona, London–Heathrow, Palma de Mallorca,[3] Seville, Tenerife–North (begins 6 April 2019),[4] Tenerife–South (ends 26 March 2019),[5] Valencia
Seasonal: Bilbao (begins 1 June 2019), Gran Canaria

Accidents and incidents

  • On 16 August 1973, Aviaco Flight 118 crashed while trying to land at Alvedro Airport. All 85 people on board the aircraft plus one person on the ground were killed.


  1. ^ http://www.aena.es/es/aeropuerto-a-coruna/presentacion.html
  2. ^ "Airport Movements: LCG". ICAO. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  3. ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/275984/vueling-s18-new-routes-as-of-29nov17/
  4. ^ https://www.laopinioncoruna.es/coruna/2018/11/07/vueling-aterrizara-tenerife-norte-31/1345191.html. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ https://www.laopinioncoruna.es/coruna/2018/11/07/vueling-aterrizara-tenerife-norte-31/1345191.html. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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A Coruña

A Coruña (Galician: [ɐ koˈɾuɲɐ]; Spanish: La Coruña; historical English: Corunna) is a city and municipality of Galicia, Spain. It is the second most populated city in the autonomous community and seventeenth overall in the country. The city is the provincial capital of the province of the same name, having also served as political capital of the Kingdom of Galicia from the 16th to the 19th centuries, and as a regional administrative centre between 1833 and 1982, before being replaced by Santiago de Compostela.

A Coruña is a busy port located on a promontory in the Golfo Ártabro, a large gulf on the Atlantic Ocean. It provides a distribution point for agricultural goods from the region.

A Coruña (disambiguation)

A Coruña, La Coruña or Coruña may refer to:

A Coruña, a city and municipality of Galicia, Spain

Province of A Coruña, a province in Galicia, Spain

A Coruña (comarca), a comarca in the Province of A Coruña, Galicia, Spain

Coruña del Conde, a village and municipality in the southern province of Burgos, Castile and León Spain

A Coruña Airport, the airport serving the Galician city of A Coruña, Galicia, Spain

A Coruña (Spanish Congress Electoral District), one of the 52 electoral districts used for the Spanish Congress of Deputies

University of A Coruña, a public university located in the city of A Coruña, Galicia, Spain

Coliseum da Coruña, a stadium for concerts and shows used in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain

Port of A Coruña, a port in A Coruña, Spain, on the Atlantic Ocean

Coruña, a mountain in the region of Tacna, Peru


Aviación y Comercio, S.A., doing business as Aviaco, was a Spanish airline headquartered in the Edificio Minister in Madrid.


Culleredo is a municipality of northwestern Spain in the province of A Coruña, in the autonomous community of Galicia. Culleredo is located on the outskirts of A Coruña and its population is mainly formed of commuters. It is located in the central area of the province. It belongs to the comarca of A Coruña in the extreme south of the Burgo river. The population of Culleredo works in the service sector, and there is little industry and agriculture. The airport of A Coruña, or Alvedro, is also located in Culleredo.

Eurocopter EC225 Super Puma

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Galicia (Spain)

Galicia (; Galician: Galicia [ɡaˈliθjɐ], Galiza [ɡaˈliθɐ]; Spanish: Galicia; Portuguese: Galiza) is an autonomous community of Spain and historic nationality under Spanish law. Located in the north-west of the Iberian Peninsula, it comprises the provinces of A Coruña, Lugo, Ourense and Pontevedra, being bordered by Portugal (Braga District, Bragança District, Viana do Castelo District and Vila Real District) to the south, the Spanish autonomous communities of Castile and León and Asturias to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and the Cantabrian Sea to the north. It had a population of 2,718,525 in 2016 and has a total area of 29,574 km2 (11,419 sq mi). Galicia has over 1,660 km (1,030 mi) of coastline, including its offshore islands and islets, among them Cíes Islands, Ons, Sálvora, Cortegada, and—the largest and most populated—A Illa de Arousa.

The area now called Galicia was first inhabited by humans during the Middle Paleolithic period, and it takes its name from the Gallaeci, the Celtic people living north of the Douro River during the last millennium BC, in a region largely coincidental with that of the Iron Age local Castro culture. Galicia was incorporated into the Roman Empire at the end of the Cantabrian Wars in 19 BC, and was made a Roman province in the 3rd century AD. In 410, the Germanic Suebi established a kingdom with its capital in Braga (Portugal); this kingdom was incorporated into that of the Visigoths in 585. In 711, the Islamic Umayyad Caliphate invaded the Iberian Peninsula conquering the Visigoth kingdom of Hispania by 718, but soon Galicia was incorporated into the Christian kingdom of Asturias by 740. During the Middle Ages, the kingdom of Galicia was occasionally ruled by its own kings, but most of the time it was leagued to the kingdom of Leon and later to that of Castile, while maintaining its own legal and customary practices and culture. From the 13th century on, the kings of Castile, as kings of Galicia, appointed an Adiantado-mór, whose attributions passed to the Governor and Captain General of the Kingdom of Galiza from the last years of the 15th century. The Governor also presided the Real Audiencia do Reino de Galicia, a royal tribunal and government body. From the 16th century, the representation and voice of the kingdom was held by an assembly of deputies and representatives of the cities of the kingdom, the Cortes or Junta of the Kingdom of Galicia. This institution was forcibly discontinued in 1833 when the kingdom was divided into four administrative provinces with no legal mutual links. During the 19th and 20th centuries, demand grew for self-government and for the recognition of the culture of Galicia. This resulted in the Statute of Autonomy of 1936, soon frustrated by Franco's coup d'etat and subsequent long dictatorship. After democracy was restored the legislature passed the Statute of Autonomy of 1981, approved in referendum and currently in force, providing Galicia with self-government.

The interior of Galicia is characterized by a hilly landscape; mountain ranges rise to 2,000 m (6,600 ft) in the east and south. The coastal areas are mostly an alternate series of rías and cliffs. The climate of Galicia is usually temperate and rainy, with markedly drier summers; it is usually classified as Oceanic. Its topographic and climatic conditions have made animal husbandry and farming the primary source of Galicia's wealth for most of its history, allowing for a relative high density of population. With the exception of shipbuilding and food processing, Galicia was based on a farming and fishing economy until after the mid-20th century, when it began to industrialize. In 2012, the gross domestic product at purchasing power parity was €56,000 million, with a nominal GDP per capita of €20,700. The population is largely concentrated in two main areas: from Ferrol to A Coruña in the northern coast, and in the Rías Baixas region in the southwest, including the cities of Vigo, Pontevedra, and the interior city of Santiago de Compostela. There are smaller populations around the interior cities of Lugo and Ourense. The political capital is Santiago de Compostela, in the province of A Coruña. Vigo, in the province of Pontevedra, is the most populous municipality, with 292,817 (2016), while A Coruña is the most populous city, with 215,227 (2014).Two languages are official and widely used today in Galicia: Galician and Spanish. Galician is a Romance language closely related to Portuguese, with which it shares Galician-Portuguese medieval literature, and Spanish, sometimes also referred to as Castilian, which is used throughout the country. Spanish is spoken fluently by virtually all in Galicia, and in 2013 it was reported that 51% of the Galician population used more Galician on a day-to-day, and 48% used more Spanish.

International air travel from the United Kingdom

International air travel from the United Kingdom refers to the commercial carriage of passengers between the UK and the rest of the world. In 2008, London Heathrow Airport which is also the busiest international airport on Earth handled 67,054,745 passengers which is more than the total population of the United Kingdom. The 20 busiest airports in the UK handled close to 230 million passengers in 2008 (185 million of whom were international passengers). The geographical size of the UK means that many flights that would be considered domestic in for example the United States are actually international (i.e. the distance from Heathrow to Charles de Gaulle Airport is roughly the same as the distance between John F. Kennedy International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport). The London airports, Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted alongside Manchester Airport rank amongst the world's busiest airports by international passenger traffic. According to 2008 statistics the best served nations by direct flights from the UK were France, Italy, Spain, the United States and Germany with 50, 34, 33, 31 and 29 respectively. Overall Spain was the nation that saw the most passengers arrive from the UK in 2008, with a total of 34,557,729 (almost double the number that flew to the United States)

The table below shows the number of international passengers who travelled out of all UK airports in 2008 and to which countries.


LECO may refer to:

A Coruña Airport, OACI airport code

LECO Corporation

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List of Ryanair destinations

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Major international
Minor international

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