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Ibiza Airport

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History: Located in the southwest corner of the island, Ibiza Airport was opened originally as a temporary military base during the Spanish Civil War, and remained open after the conflict as an emergency air base. The name of the land upon which the airport is situated is called Es Codolá, and the site was chosen as it is the flattest part of the island.

In 1958 work began to re construct the airport as a passenger terminal to serve the increasing numbers of tourists flocking to Ibiza as a holiday destination, who at the time were required to travel by boat from the neighbouring island of Mallorca. Reopening officially on the 1st of April that year, original destinations were limited to Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Palma de Mallorca. The airport finally opened its runways to international flights in 1967.

In the decades that followed, the airport grew to accommodate the influx and ever growing numbers of visitors, which had increased to 3.6 million passengers per year by the late 1990s.

Destinations and flight operators: These days, Ibiza is an international destination for travellers from around the globe and the airport receives around 2.8 million passengers per year.  With 76 European destinations offering flights to and from the island, getting to Ibiza has never been easier.   Throughout the summer months there are over 50 airlines serving the island, and fares are competitively priced, although they can reach a very high peak during July and August.

Budget airlines such as Ryanair, Easyjet, Jet2 and Monarch fly from all over the UK, and a recent addition this summer is Norwegian airlines, offering a direct service from London Gatwick. Great deals are available, but always remember to adhere to the strict airline guidelines on luggage allowance and online check in rules to avoid landing yourself with a hefty surcharge at the airport!

Facilities and Services: With only one terminal, the airport is not huge, but a decent amount of shops , bars and restaurants will refresh a weary partygoer on their departing flight! With Pacha and Desigual outlets offering a last chance to buy some Ibiza memorabilia, a couple of stationers offering newspapers, magazines and books and a pharmacy,so any last minute requirements for the flight home can usually be met. A small but well stocked duty free area offers cigarettes, alcohol, perfumes and trinkets once you go through the security check area.

A bar area serving sandwiches and snacks is situated in the departure lounge, alongside a Burger King outlet for those looking for a quick fast food fix. There is also a small but fun children’s play area to keep overexcited toddlers amused whilst waiting for your flight.

If you haven’t squeezed quite enough partying in during your stay then never fear, 2012 saw the opening of the David and Cathy Guetta F**k Me I’m Famous airport lounge, the world’s first ‘nightclub’ within an airport! Open 24/7 during the summer season, the lounge boasts a dancefloor, DJ booth and chillout area, with spectacular views across the Salinas natural park.

Booking your flight is the first step in your big Ibiza adventure. Let Ibiza Hire take care of your accommodation, nightclub tickets and excursions to ensure that your Ibiza experience is unforgettable from start to finish.

Check out www.ibizahire.com for more information.

 

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