Gran Canaria Airport ist the fifth largest spanish airport and the largest airport of the Canary Islands. Allowing 53 landings and take-offs per hour, the important airport handled over 10 million passengers and 37232 tonnes of cargo in 2006.
The airport is located to the east of the island on the Bahía de Gando and about 18 kilometers from the capital of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
To improve efficiency, director Francisco Macho confirmed an expandation of Gran Canaria Airport completed by the year 2020. The expandation will effect an increase of flight operations up to 80 flights per hour and is to be realised in three steps.
The first construction phase should be finished in 2011 containing the extension of parking sites. The second period includes the constitution of a third runway.
For this purpose the motorway GC-1 will be diverted. Start of construction is in 2015. Five years later the expandation of the airport should be completed implying the launch of the new runway.
After this the Gran Canaria Airport will be able to handle over 15 million passengers per year.