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50th airport happy birthday

Happy 50th Birthday to the Airport
The current airport in El Matorral celebrates it's 50th birthday tomorrow. The previous airport was in Los Estancos.

The first flight came in from Las Palmas, and in 1973 the first European flights arrived. The present terminal building opened in 1994 and was extended in 2006. The airport employs 2,300 people, and 46 airlines from 102 destinations use it.
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And without the airport we would never discover this gem in the middle of the ocean.  Love

Seriously. Is here anyone who came to Fuerteventura having a cruise holiday from Southampton (or elsewhere) and immediately felt in love with the island?
I Heart Fuerteventura
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The history of Fuerteventura airports is interesting.

The airport at Los Estancos was small and could only take small planes. International flights went to Arricife and passengers were brought to Fuerteventura on a shuttle flight. The Tetir road crossed the runway and there used to have to be a soldier stopping traffic with a red flag when a plane needed to use it. The old terminal building is still there, now part of the technology park.

Before that the airport was an ex-military airfield at Tefia. It was abandoned because the strong cross winds there made it dangerous. (See also the story of the paratroops who were killed there by those winds)
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