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Air charter: Which airports in Spain for emergency shipments?

Air charter: Airports in Spain
About the author: Air Time Critical specializes in emergency logistics and last-minute air charter for the industry.

You will find below a list of airports in Spain with details of opening hours for their freight operations and the closest automotive plants. This should help you prepare emergency shipments to/from Spain anywhere in Europe.

For emergency, time-constrained shipments within Europe, Air Time Critical recommends air charter, which consists in chartering a plane for fast, direct shipping to a specific location. This dedicated transport solution offers many advantages:

  • 24/7 operation
  • On-demand flights
  • Door-to-door delivery throughout Europe
  • Best transit times (average of 4-8 hours in Europe)
  • Flexible loading capacity

Below is a handy list of all regional airports sorted from northern to southern Spain.

Barcelona Airport (BCN)

Region: Catalonia, Northeast

Air charter operations: 24/7 + 24/7 customs

Backup airport (daytime): Girona Airport (GRO)
Automotive manufacturer nearby City Activity Distance to the airport
Nissan Motor Company Barcelona Passenger cars & engines 24 km
Volkswagen AG Martorell Passenger cars & engines 32 km
PSA Group Zaragoza Passenger cars 310 km

Girona Airport (GRO)

Region: Catalonia, Northeast

Air charter operations: 24/7

Backup airport (daytime): Barcelona Airport (BCN)
 Automotive manufacturer nearby City Activity Distance to the airport
Nissan Motor Company Barcelona Passenger cars & engines 82 km
Volkswagen AG Martorell Passenger cars & engines 104 km

Zaragoza Airport (ZAZ)

Region: Northeast

Air charter operations: 24/7

Backup airport (daytime): Pamplona Airport (PNA)
Automotive manufacturer nearby City Activity Distance to the airport
Stellantis Zaragoza Passenger cars 7 km
Volkswagen AG Landaben (Pamplona) Passenger cars & engines 184 km

Pamplona Airport (PNA)

Region: Northeast

Air charter operations: 05:30 to 22:00. Airport located in the mountains; good weather conditions needed.

Backup airports (daytime): Zaragoza Airport (ZAZ) and Bilbao Airport (BIO)
Automotive manufacturer nearby City Activity Distance to the airport
Volkswagen AG Landaben (Pamplona) Passenger cars & engines 10 km
Stellantis Zaragoza Passenger cars 177 km

Bilbao Airport (BIO)

Region: Basque Country, North

Air charter operations: 06:00 to 23:00, cargo handling between 08:00 and 19:00 only

Backup airports (daytime): Pamplona Airport (PNA) and Vitoria Airport (VIT)
Automotive manufacturer nearby City Activity Distance to the airport
Volkswagen AG Landaben (Pamplona) Passenger cars & engines 146 km

Vitoria Airport (VIT)

Region: Basque Country, North

Air charter operations: 24/7

Backup airport (daytime): Bilbao Airport (BIO)
Automotive manufacturer nearby City Activity Distance to the airport
Volkswagen AG Landaben (Pamplona) Passenger cars & engines 101 km
Renault SA Palencia Passenger cars 201 km

Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ)

Region: Northwest

Air charter operations: 24/7 for passenger flights, no cargo handling available

Backup airports (daytime): Vigo Airport (VGO) and A Coruña Airport (LCG)
Automotive manufacturer nearby City Activity Distance to the airport
Stellantis Vigo Passenger cars 103 km

Vigo Airport (VGO)

Region: Northwest

Air charter operations: 06:00 to 00:30 + extended opening hours until 03:00 for parcels only

Backup airport (daytime): Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ)
Automotive manufacturer nearby City Activity Distance to the airport
Stellantis Vigo Passenger cars 14 km

A Coruña Airport (LCG)

Region: Northwest

Air charter operations: 06:00 to 22:00, handling capacity to be confirmed before booking

Backup airport (daytime): Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ)
Automotive manufacturer nearby City Activity Distance to the airport
Stellantis Vigo Passenger cars 167 km

Porto Airport – Portugal (OPO)

Country: Portugal

Air charter operations: 24/7

Backup airports (daytime): Vigo Airport (VGO) and Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ)

Automotive manufacturer nearby City Activity Distance to the airport
Stellantis Vigo Passenger cars 148 km

Valladolid Airport (VLL)

Region: Northwest

Air charter operations: from 08:30 to 21:15

Backup airport (daytime): Madrid Airport (MAD)
Automotive manufacturer nearby City Activity Distance to the airport
Renault SA Valladolid Passenger cars & engines 24 km
Renault SA Palencia Passenger cars 51 km

Madrid Airport (MAD)

Region: Madrid

Air charter operations: 24/7 + 24/7 customs

Backup airport (daytime): Valladolid Airport (VLL)
Automotive manufacturer nearby City Activity Distance to the airport
Stellantis Madrid Passenger cars 18 km
Renault SA Valladolid Passenger cars & engines 215 km

Valencia Airport (VLC)

Region: East

Air charter operations: 24/7
Automotive manufacturer nearby City Activity Distance to the airport
Ford of Europe Almussafes (Valencia) Passenger cars & engines 28 km

Malaga Airport (AGP)

Region: Andalusia, South

Air charter operations: 24/7 but prior approval required for freight handling between 22:00 and 06:00

Backup airport (daytime): Sevilla Airport (SVQ)

Sevilla Airport (SVQ)

Region: Andalusia, Southeast

Air charter operations: 24/7 but prior approval required for freight handling between 22:00 and 06:00

Backup airport (daytime): Malaga Airport (AGP)

Emergency – Air charter:

Do you need to organise an air charter between Spain and Europe? Get in touch now or fill out our online quotation form for real-time information on aircraft and airport availability and for customs clearance assistance.

Note: Transportation rules to/from the UK have changed since Brexit. This means that only Barcelona and Madrid Airports can handle shipments to/from the UK given they are the only Spanish airports with customs capacity.

See also our blog on British airports for air charter: Air charter – Which airports in England for urgent delivery?