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Gran Canaria Airport Informational Guide to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport (LPA) - Non Official

Our Review of Gran Canaria Airport (LPA)

Our Review of Gran Canaria Airport (LPA)

At Plan Your Trips, we have analyzed hundreds of airports around the world, gaining a clear understanding of what users expect when visiting an airport. With this know-how, we have created this guide, placing passengers at the forefront of everything, aiming to simplify and enhance the airport experience.

In this guide, our goal is to present information in a manner that is both quick and reliable. Recognizing that passengers often have limited time and may be in a hurry, we strive to ensure that they do not waste time unnecessarily.

Another key focus of our guide is to highlight the strengths of the airport and also the weaknesses, and in some cases, offer recommendations to travelers. In alignment with this approach, we provide users with aggregated information on delays and on-time performance, analyzing both airlines and individual flights.

Pros and Cons of Gran Canaria Airport (LPA)

PROS

Location:  Gran Canaria Airport is located close to Telde, in the Bay of Gando, 19 km from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria city centre and 25 km from Maspalomas.

Hub:  LPA Airport is a hub for Binter Canarias, Canaryfly and Vueling, and a focus city for Ryanair.

Strategic Location: The airport serves as a central hub for both the Canary Islands and the larger Atlantic region, making it a key entry point for tourists.

Variety of Services: The airport provides a number of amenities, such as restaurants, lounges, duty-free stores, and vehicle rental services.

Efficient Processes: Well-known for comparatively quick luggage handling and security inspections, which reduces passenger wait times.

Transportation Alternatives: The island is well-connected by road and offers a wide range of transportation alternatives, such as buses, taxis, and rental cars, making it simple to go to different portions of the island.

 

CONS

Peak Tourist Seasons: It can result in congestion, long lines, and an unpleasant situation. This is especially true during the summer and holidays.

Fewer Long-Haul Flights: Compared to major European hubs, LPA has fewer direct long-haul flights, limiting options for international travellers outside Europe and Africa.

Capacity Limits: Parking might be problematic during peak hours due to lack of space and higher parking costs (particularly for long-term parking).

Walking Distances: Longer walking distances between gates, which might be difficult.


Mini-Guide of the Airport (2' Guide)

There is Single Terminal: Gran Canaria Airport has a single passenger terminal for both international and domestic services.

Transport to and from the Airport: LPA is well-connected by various transport modes including public buses, taxis, and car rental services. Which helps travellers to travel easily.

Check-in Areas: In the first level of the terminal the departure, the check-in area is located.

Check-in is split into different areas:

Check-in Area 1:

-Location: Ground level, northern end of the terminal.

-Flights Served: Inter-island flights to other Canary Islands and flights to Morocco operated by Binter and CanaryFly.

-Check-in Desks: 101-118.

 

Check-in Areas 2 & 3:

-Location: First level.

-Flights Served: EU and Scandinavian flights.

-Check-in Desks: 201-234.

-Note: Some desks used by Norwegian Air Shuttle.

 

Check-in Area 4:

-Location: Downstairs, between Rental Car Offices and the Police Department.

-Flights Served: International flights, primarily by Ryanair.

-Check-in Desks: 401-406.

 

Family-Friendly Amenities: It includes special family check-in desks, baby changing rooms, and children’s play spaces at the airport.

Airport Lounges: Passengers looking for pleasant waiting can choose from a number of lounges at LPA. These lounges include lounging places, refreshments, and Wi-Fi. You can purchase a pass or use one of the airline programs to obtain access.

How we calculate On Time Performance

On various pages of our website, you will encounter a metric widely utilized in aviation and other forms of transportation known as OTP (On Time Performance). We believe that providing this metric assists passengers in planning their trips and exploring alternatives before purchasing their flight tickets.

We calculate the On Time Performance for all flights and airlines, when we have enough data to do so. In certain instances, it may not be feasible to accurately compute the On-Time Performance for a specific flight or airline due to inadequate or non-representative data, which could result in misleading conclusions.

Our calculation of On Time Performance and delay information solely relies on arrival times. This approach is chosen over calculating departure delays, as we consider arrival punctuality to be of primary concern to passengers.

The On Time Performance displayed on our website is calculated as follows:

  • On Time: Flights that arrive within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival time, or earlier. In the absence of data for a specific flight, we assume the flight arrives on time, to avoid penalizing airlines for data unavailability.
  • Moderate Delay: Flights that arrive with a delay of 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Significant Delay: Flights that arrive with a delay of 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Major Delay: Flights that arrive with a delay exceeding 60 minutes.
  • Average Delay: The average delay is calculated by considering flights that arrive early as having a delay of 0 minutes. Early arrivals do not contribute to reducing the average delay calculation

Some Stats

Annual Passengers Evolution

Airlines with more flight operations (last 3 months)

Binter Canarias

47% (Total flights analyzed: 7283)

Canaryfly

8% (Total flights analyzed: 1287)

Vueling

7% (Total flights analyzed: 1147)

Ryanair

6% (Total flights analyzed: 1007)

Iberia

5% (Total flights analyzed: 783)

Airlines with best on-time performance at Gran Canaria Airport (last 3 months)

Considering all airlines:

SundAir

100% (Total flights analyzed: 5)

TUI fly Belgium

96% (Total flights analyzed: 104)

SAS Scandinavian Airlines

92% (Total flights analyzed: 64)

TUIfly Netherlands

90% (Total flights analyzed: 151)

Iberia

90% (Total flights analyzed: 783)

Transavia France

89% (Total flights analyzed: 35)

Ryanair UK

88% (Total flights analyzed: 52)

Sunclass Airlines

86% (Total flights analyzed: 69)

Vueling

86% (Total flights analyzed: 1147)

Considering only airlines with more than 10 flights/week:

Iberia

90% (Total flights analyzed: 783)

TUIfly Netherlands

90% (Total flights analyzed: 151)

Vueling

86% (Total flights analyzed: 1147)

Canaryfly

82% (Total flights analyzed: 1287)

Ryanair

78% (Total flights analyzed: 1007)

Air Europa

78% (Total flights analyzed: 273)

TUIfly

77% (Total flights analyzed: 242)

Binter Canarias

75% (Total flights analyzed: 7283)

Jet2.com

68% (Total flights analyzed: 547)

Easyjet

66% (Total flights analyzed: 279)

Routes with more flights from Gran Canaria Airport (last month)

Tenerife - TFN (Spain): 736
Lanzarote - ACE (Spain): 680
Puerto del Rosario - FUE (Spain): 542
Madrid - MAD (Spain): 522
Santa Cruz De La Palma - SPC (Spain): 189
Tenerife - TFS (Spain): 168
Barcelona - BCN (Spain): 121
Manchester - MAN (United Kingdom): 92
London - LGW (United Kingdom): 88
London - STN (United Kingdom): 70