Airport of the Day (24 June 2021): Salamanca in Spain
Salamanca Airport (IATA code SLM) in western Spain welcomed the return of scheduled services on Thursday 24 June when Volotea began 2-weekly service (Mondays and Thursdays) to/from Palma de Mallorca. The airport last saw scheduled flights in August 2019 when Air Europa offered the same route on a weekly basis. The same carrier offered a weekly service to Malaga in early 2016, while Iberia served Barcelona between September 2007 and September 2015 using aircraft operated by Air Nostrum. In 2009, there were up to 14-weekly flights. However, the airport’s busiest year to date appears to have been 2007, when 65,000 passengers passed through the facility.
The airport has a 2,500-metre runway and the current terminal building is relatively new, having been opened in 2005. The Spanish military also has a presence at the airport. Salamanca is famous for its university, the oldest in Spain, dating back to the 13th century. The city’s old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.