There are an enormous number of airlines offering flights to Spain from all over Europe and the rest of the world. Below we’ve listed the main ones serving the UK and Ireland together with links to their websites where you can check their routes:
This is a fabulous resource for finding the best deals on flights anywhere as they include the budget airlines in their index.
Another good website for finding the best flight deals departing from UK airports.
British Airways used to offer a lot of flights to Spain from the UK but many of these routes have been cancelled as the industry deals with the economic climate.
Vueling is an airline based in Barcelona which offer many domestic flights within Spain and a growing number of services to the UK and the rest of Europe.
Iberia is the Spanish national airline which offers a reduced number of scheduled flights from the UK to Spain. They offer many domestic flights within Spain.
Jet2 is a popular budget airline with flights out of Leeds Bradford and other northern airports to various destinations in Spain.
Flybe offers a limited number of flights from the UK to Spain.
Fly Thomas Cook
Thomas Cook is one of the top tour operators in Europe. Their airline transports vast numbers of passengers to the Costas every year and flights can be booked independently of holidays.
Monarch offer scheduled flights to many destinations all over Spain in addition to their package holiday offers.
Thomson Airways offer a huge number of destinations in Spain from 20 regional airports throughout the UK.
EasyJet provide the most frequent services to Spain with the most routes. Check their website as routes are always being changed.
Ryanair offer an ever changing number of routes to Spain and seem to be surviving the difficult economic times in the industry.
Air Berlin offers services from Stansted and Manchester airports to many Spanish airports.
Bmibaby have flights to Alicante, Malaga, Murcia and Palma de Mallorca from Birmingham, Cardiff, East Midlands, Manchester and Teeside.
Aer Lingus are now offering flights from Cork and Dublin to some of the more popular Spanish destinations.
Book a Package Holiday
Sometimes you’re better off booking a holiday package rather than a flight only. The following companies specialise in cheap holidays to Spain from the UK:
- Easyjet Holidays
- Jet2 Holidays
Domestic Flights Within Spain
Spain’s Most Popular Airports
The following alphabetical list of airports in Spain appears with their identification codes. It includes all the most popular airports located on the Spanish mainland, in the Balearic Islands and in the Canary Islands:
Gran Canaria (LPA)
Santiago de Compostela (SCQ)
Other Spanish Airports: As well as the well known airports listed above there are a number of provincial airports that sometimes have international arrivals. And if you’re heading south it might be worth looking at Gibraltar as a possible arrival point.
Ciudad Real (CQM)
La Coruña (LCG)
Santa Cruz de la Palma (SPC)
Tenerife North (TFN)
Spain Airports Map
Whilst the above list includes most of the Spain’s airports it’s unlikely that you’ll ever visit the majority of them. Take a look at the map below to get some idea where the main airports on the mainland are in relation to one another.
Please be aware that airlines aren’t always transparent in their airport description. For example Girona Airport is over 90km from Barcelona yet it is sometimes referred to as Barcelona (Girona). Barcelona’s El Prat airport is less than 10km from the city so when you allow for the cost of transfers and the time involved in such transfers it isn’t always worthwhile booking the cheapest option.
Spain Airport Transfers
Don’t make the mistake of leaving your airport transfer arrangements until the last minute when you’re flying to Spain. Airport taxis are usually more expensive than pre-booked transfers and public transport isn’t worth the hassle compared with the cheap shuttle bus services that are available from many Spanish airports. One highly regarded shuttle company which provide shuttle and private transfers from Spanish airports is Shuttledirect. Check their website where you’ll find some excellent rates on popular routes.
Spain Airport Car Hire
All of Spain’s airports have a car hire area where you can rent a car for your stay in that part of the country. As a rule you’ll generally get far better deals by booking your rental online before travelling. I can highly recommend Zest Car Rental for all Spain’s airports. Their rates are highly competitive and they offer exceptional transparency with regard to any additional fees you might expect to pay in excess of your car hire contract. You can get a live quote below:
Spanish Airports Authority (AENA)
AENA (Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea) is the official Spanish Airport Authority. Their official website of Spain’s airports can be found at www.aena.es. There you’ll find a guide to Spain’s 47 airports with location maps. The information is available in English and Spanish.