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Gran Canaria Airport (LPA), (informally known as Las Palmas Airport, and formerly known as Gando Airport), (in Spanish Aeropuerto de Gran Canaria), is the fifth busiest airport in Spain. It is an airport located on Gran Canaria Island. In 2010 it handled nearly 9.5 million passengers, a 3.6% increase compared with 2009.
The airport is located in the eastern part of Gran Canaria on the Bay of Gando (Bahía de Gando), 19 km (12 mi) south of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and 25 km (16 mi) from the popular tourist areas in the south. The lengthy runways make the airport an alternative landing site for the NASA Space Shuttle.
The airport has one terminal which opened in March 1973. It was later extended in October 1991 to slightly increase passenger traffic.
The terminal is split into three zones. Zone A is for European Union Flights, Zone B is for International flights outside the European Union and Zone C is for flights to the other Canary Islands.
The terminal is to be extended but it is unknown when it will be complete. The main reason is so that the terminal can handle a greater volume of passengers. There will be more check-in desks, baggage carousels and airbridges. There is also to be more space outside the terminal with new car parks.
The airport is accessible by several island roadways leading from all points in the island, as well as special bus service available from most towns within Gran Canaria. Taxi service is considered the most efficient way since the island has its own taxi services, and low fares.
Furthermore, Gran Canaria's main motorway GC1 runs directly past the airport providing fast transport links to Las Palmas in the North and to the popular tourist resorts in the South. The motorway has been upgraded and widened many times, particularly towards the South since the 1980's to cope with the increased levels of traffic caused by tourism.
Short- and long-term parking is available in front of the terminal building in some 2,140 parking spaces.
The major car rental companies are available at the airport. Desks can be found in the walkway connecting International and EU Arrivals on the ground floor.