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Getting around by air

There are direct flights to Spain from most European countries, as well as from North America, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Those coming from Australasia will usually have to make at least one change of flight.

High season in Spain generally means Christmas, New Year, Easter and roughly June to September. The applicability of seasonal fares varies depending on the specific destination. You may find reasonably priced flights to Madrid from elsewhere in Europe in August, for example, because it is stinking hot and everyone else has fled to the mountains or the sea. As a general rule, November to March (aside from Christmas and New Year) is when airfares to Spain are likely to be at their lowest, and the intervening months can be considered shoulder periods.

Airports & Airlines

All of Spain’s airports share the user-friendly website and flight information telephone number of Aena, the national airports authority. To find more information on each airport, choose ‘English’ and click ‘Airports’. Each airport’s page has details on practical information (including parking and public transport) and a full list of (and links to) airlines using that airport. It also has current flight information.

Iberia (www.iberia.com) is Spain’s national carrier and it has an extensive international network of flights and a good safety record.

Madrid’s Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport was Spain’s busiest (and Europe’s sixth-busiest) airport in 2016, while Barcelona’s El Prat Airport comes in 7th. Other major airports include Málaga, Palma de Mallorca, Alicante, Girona, Valencia, Seville, Vigo and Bilbao.

Departure Tax

Departure tax is included in the price of a ticket.