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Ibiza Airport serves two Balearic Islands, namely Formentera and Ibiza itself. The airport is situated just 4.3 miles / 7.5 km out of Ibiza Town, the south-west of the city and is also close to San José; the destination is mainly used by tourists during the peak season, which runs from May to October.
IBZ offers mostly domestic air travel to Spanish mainland destinations such as Madrid, Barcelona and also to Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands. Inter-island traffic is a valuable addition to the year-round domestic scheduled flights. Internaional air travel is mostly seasonal, although a few international connections do exist all year round.
Initially Ibiza airport was established as a temporary military airfield during the time of the Spanish Civil War. For a number of years it continued to operate as an emergency transport hub, but was later closed down in 1951.
When international tourism took off in Spain and the Balearics became a popular holiday destination, the airport was redeveloped as a commercial facility and on 1st April 1958 opened its gates to leisure and business passengers. Growing demand for air travel forced the airport to expand and redevelop several times. Last year the number of passengers handled by Ibiza Airport had increased to 5.6 million travellers, an 11.9% rise in tourist numbers from the previous year.
Some of the flights offered from IBZ are purely seasonal, like flights to Dublin in Ireland for example or flights to Basel-Mulhouse, Prague, Brussels, Cologne-Bonn or London-Gatwick.
Other flights operate all year round, such as Barcelona and Madrid, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Geneva, Minorca and Palma de Mallorca, Seville and Valencia or flights to Venice-Treviso.
The airlines which use Ibiza airport as their hub in the Balearic Islands are budget carriers Ryanair and Vueling, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Niki, Neos, British Airways, TUIfly, Iberia Express, Jet2.com, Monarch, Luxair, Air Europa, Bmibaby, Germanwings and Condor Flugdienst for example.
Upon arriving at the single terminal building, passengers have a number of different transport options available to them. Car hire rental desks can be found in the terminal on level 0. Here the car hire stations for Avis, Europcar, Hertz and National Atesa are open from early in the morning at 07.00 am to 11.00 pm at night.
Line 10 buses operate a shuttle service between the airport and the Bus Station. Ibiza Bus stops are right next to the terminal. The buses run every 15 minutes during the peak month of August and July and every 20 minutes during other summer season months; buses operate between the hours of 6.00 am and midnight, starting from Estació Maritima Formentera via the port, then Eivissa (the main bus terminal) via Sant Jordi and then Ibiza Airport. Buses start operating at 6.20 am and continue running until 12.20 am. During the winter the buses run only every 30 minutes.
The taxi rank at the airport is located right next to the terminal and there are two taxi operators with taxis suitable for passengers with reduced mobility or disabilities. Passengers requiring such specially adapted taxis should contact Radio Taxi de San José on tel +34 971 800 080, if no such vehicle is available at the time of arrival.
The minimum fare charged for a taxi ride is EUR 3.25 and the approximate cost of a fare from the airport to the city is around EUR 15.00 between day time hours of 7.00 am and 9.00 pm during weekdays and EUR 17.00 at weekends.
At the cafes and snack bar Ars and Illy Café passengers can obtain refreshments such as soft drinks, coffee or tea, filled rolls and sandwiches, while they await onward travel. Departing passengers can avail themselves of Duty Free shopping prior to boarding their flight. Other shops located in the terminal building cater for passengers looking for fashion and accessories or delicatessen and gastronomic produce from various regions in Spain.
For more information about Ibiza Airport, please visit the official website at http://www.aena-aeropuertos.es.