If you’re planning a trip to the stunning island of Fuerteventura, located in the Canary Islands, you will be arriving at Fuerteventura Airport. As the only airport on the island, it’s an essential hub for both tourists and locals alike, serving millions of passengers every year.
For those who haven’t visited Fuerteventura before I have created this comprehensive guide to Fuerteventura Airport, designed to help you understand everything from the airport layout and transportation options to the shops and services available.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through the essential information you need to know before you arrive at Fuerteventura Airport, including what to expect during your arrival and departure processes.
About Fuerteventura Airport
Fuerteventura airport is a really nice airport in my opinion, and I have been to quite a few airports around the world in my life.
Fuerteventura airport is modern and large enough so that there is always somewhere to sit and wait for your flight, even during busy periods.
Fuerteventura Airport has grown considerably in the past 50 years. The current airport opened in 1969 and the first holiday flight was with Condor from Dusseldorf. Since then the terminal has undergone plenty of updates and extensions.
Now over 6 million passengers a year pass through Fuerteventura airport.
Funnily enough I often get messages from people asking “which airport in Fuerteventura should I fly to if I am staying in xyz” – but the answer to how many airports in Fuerteventura is that there is only one airport which is this one for both international and domestic flights.
The IATA Fuerteventura airport code is FUE airport and the ICAO code is GCFV.
Fuerteventura airport location
Where is Fuerteventura airport? Fuerteventura airport (FUE airport) is situated 3 miles south of the capital city, Puerto del Rosario, next to a small place called El Matorral. Fuerteventura airport (FUE) is sometimes referred to as Puerto del Rosario airport or El Matorral airport.
The airport is built right on the coast so you can enjoy some nice sea views across the runway while waiting for your flight home in the new terminal building.
Fuerteventura airport map
Fuerteventura airport arrivals area
After you have collected your luggage from the baggage claim area leave via Exit A (there are generally no customs checks).
After exiting the baggage claim area then:
if you are taking a coach transfer to your hotel, or you have booked a shuttle bus transfer, then turn right when you come out of the baggage hall and head out of the doors at the end of the terminal building where you will find the coaches parked.
If you are on a package tour then you will probably find representatives of your tour company before the exit doors of the Fuerteventura arrivals area and you should report to them.
If you will be taking a taxi to your destination then the taxi rank is in front of the terminal at the right hand end.
Buses stop outside the terminal. You will see the bus stop with the bus numbers on.
If you are hiring a car then head left after coming out of the baggage claim area and you will find the car hire desks along there. During busy periods there can be quite large queues to get your hire car.
Once you have the car keys head out of the nearest exit and take the stairs/lift opposite over the service road which will take you up to the hire car parking area (the right hand end of the car park).
Advice on hiring a car in Fuerteventura
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Fuerteventura Airport Transfers
Unless you want to walk (not recommended), you have a few options to get to from Fuerteventura airport to your resort, assuming that you are not on a package that includes airport transfers by coach or you are hiring a car at the airport.
Transfers from Fuerteventura airport to Corralejo
For transfers from Fuerteventura airport to Corralejo with luggage you would be best to either take a shuttle bus or a taxi.
To take a bus from Fuerteventura airport to Corralejo with heavy luggage would be the cheapest option but you would need to change buses in Puerto del Rosario and you would probably have a long walk to your hotel/accommodation once you reach Corralejo.
Transfers from Fuerteventura airport to Caleta de Fuste
You can catch a bus to Caleta de Fuste but the bus station is right on the edge of the resort so you may have to walk and carry your suitcases quite a long way to your hotel or apartment.
A taxi is probably the best way if staying in Caleta as a taxi from Fuerteventura airport to Caleta de Fuste should cost less than €20.
Shuttle Bus/Minibus/Private Car
You can pre-book places on a shuttle bus which will take you to the resort you are staying in and generally drops off around the various hotels. This is often quite a long journey, particularly if your hotel is at the end of the drop-off route. They will also pick you up at the end of your stay.
Booking a private transfer in a minibus is a much quicker option as they will take you straight to where you are staying. They are not too expensive either.
If you want to travel in luxury you can book a luxury private car.
You can book any of these Fuerteventura airport transfer options through Shuttle Spain – just enter Fuerteventura airport as the pick-up point and either the resort or hotel name in the destination.
Taxis are probably the most expensive option. All taxis are controlled by the local government.
The very approximate cost, each way, by taxi will be:
- Corralejo €55-70
- Caleta de Fuste €17-20
- El Cotillo €80
- Costa Calma €90-100
- Morro Jable €100
The buses in Fuerteventura are quite reliable and inexpensive. However, depending on where you are going then it may take a long time as you may need to change buses more than once.
For example, to travel by bus from Fuerteventura airport to Corralejo or El Cotillo you will need to change at the bus station in Puerto del Rosario, the capital.
|3||Puerto del Rosario – Caleta de Fuste (Salinas)|
|10||Puerto del Rosario – Morro Jable|
|16||Puerto del Rosario – Gran Tarajal|
The routes and timetables can be found on the Tiadhe Bus Company website.
How far is it from Fuerteventura airport to:
The following distances are by road from Fuerteventura airport:
|Airport to||Kms / Miles||Approximate driving time|
|Corralejo||40 kms / 25 miles||33 minutes|
|El Cotillo||46 kms / 28.5 miles||41 minutes|
|Caleta de Fuste||7.5 kms / 4.6 miles||10 minutes|
|Costa Antigua||6 kms / 5 miles||8 minutes|
|Costa Calma||65 kms / 40 miles||55 minutes|
|Morro Jable||84 kms / 52 miles||70 minutes|
|Jandia||77 kms / 48 miles||64 minutes|
|La Pared||61 kms / 38 miles||55 minutes|
|Gran Tarajal||41 kms / 25.5 miles||35 minutes|
|Las Playitas||44 kms / 27 miles||38 minutes|
|Majanicho||44 kms / 27 miles||38 minutes|
Fuerteventura airport departures area
On your return journey, if arriving by coach from your accommodation then this will drop you off right outside the Fuerteventura departures area. When you walk through the doors there will be a large departures board in front of you that will tell you which check-in desk/s to head for for your flight.
If you have a hire car you will find the entrance to the car hire parking on the left just after you enter the airport road system. Park in an empty space in your company’s area and make a note of the bay number. Then hand in your keys at the office either in the parking area or in the terminal.
If you are travelling with only hand luggage, and have your boarding pass, then you can head straight to airport security, which is the other side of the check-in desks.
There is a Costa Coffee in the landside departures area if you need a (very expensive) coffee while you are waiting to check in.
There are two sets of check-in desks. One set to the far right of the terminal (desks 1 to 32) and the others past Costa Coffee and the fish tank (desks 33 to 66).
You can get to the Fuerteventura airport security area by going through the check-in desks. When it is not busy, often the entrance to the security area that is behind the check-in desks on the left hand side (desks 33 to 66) is closed. So you need to walk back past Costa Coffee, and the large fish tank, to the other security checkpoint entrance.
I have never seen any large queues to get through security – at least nothing like you can get at some airports in the UK and elsewhere.
Once you pass through airport security you go up the escalators (or the lift) to the departures lounge which covers the entire first floor of the terminal. Wi-fi is available in the departure lounge.
There are 24 boarding gates and at busy times aircraft also park on the apron away from the terminal and buses take passengers to and from the aircraft/terminal.
Fuerteventura airport shops and restaurants
You will find plenty of shops and restaurants after airport security, once you go upstairs to the departure lounge. There are also a number of Fuerteventura airport food outlets.
Inevitably you have to pass through the Duty Free Shop when you get to the top of the escalators to get into the departure lounge – just as you do at almost every other airport in the world.
Fuerteventura airport restaurants and shops include:
- Duty free shop
- Coffee Republic
- Burger King
- Super Wild Coffee
- Dehesa de Santa María (cafe)
- Airport Cafe
- Victoria’s Secret
- Lava (Jewellery and accessories)
- Sunglasses Hut
- BE Zumm (fruit smoothies)
- El Market Canarias
- Iberico Experience (Spanish ham)
- No Work Team
- Dolcemania (Sweets, snacks etc)
- Relay (Newspapers, magazines, books, snacks etc)
There is a small children’s play area in the middle of the departure lounge.
There is also free wifi you can use in the departure lounge.
Can you smoke in Fuerteventura airport?
Smokers will be delighted to hear that there are two outside areas in the departure area, after you pass through airport security, where you can smoke.
One Fuerteventura airport smoking area is located at the southern end of the departure area and the other is roughly in the middle of the departure area, next to Burger King.
They are large terrace areas so if you don’t smoke you won’t be smoked out and can still use them to grab some last minute rays to top up your tan while you wait for your flight.
You may wish to check out the smoking areas at UK airports in this article.
Does Fuerteventura Airport have a lounge?
Fuerteventura airport does have a small lounge called Jable VIP with tv, complimentary wifi, coffee, pastries etc.
It costs just over 30€ per adult as a one off entry although if you have a Priority Pass membership or are flying Iberia Express business class this is also valid to use.
It is located in the departure area right at the end (the far left of the terminal when facing the sea).
I have used the lounge when flying business class and, apart from a bit of a walk to get to it, it is a pleasant space to wait in for your flight with unlimited coffee, drinks, pastries etc.
Fuerteventura Airport Video Tour
One last thing, it is Fuerteventura not Fuertaventura. An easy mistake to make as that is what it sounds like when most people say it.
Fuerteventura Airport Webcam
This live webcam is now available showing all movements in and out of Fuerteventura airport.
How long is Fuerteventura runway?
Fuerteventura airport’s runway – 1/19 (010/190) is 11,175 feet long
When was Fuerteventura airport built?
The current airport was opened in 1969 with the first international flight taking place in 1973. There is only one terminal building.
Can you fly from Fuerteventura to Lanzarote?
There are no local flights from Fuerteventura to Lanzarote. To travel between the two islands you will have to catch a ferry from Corralejo. Inter Canary Islands flights go to Gran Canaria and Tenerife (South and North airports).
Is wifi available at Fuerteventura Airport?
There is a free wifi service at the airport and a faster paid service if required
What is the name of the airport in Fuerteventura?
Mainly it is just known as Fuerteventura Airport but it can also be known as El Matorral Airport (the small town next to it) or Puerto del Rosario Airport (the capital of Fuerteventura 5 miles away).
Which airport do you fly to for Fuerteventura?
Fuerteventura has only one airport which is just south of the capital, Puerto del Rosario so all flights arrive and depart there.
Are there 2 airports in Fuerteventura?
There is only one airport in Fuerteventura, located at El Matorral, which is just south of the capital, Puerto del Rosario. It serves both domestic and international flights.
Is there a gate B at Fuerteventura Airport?
Although quite a few people search for Gate B Fuerteventura Airport there is not actually a gate B. The gates are numbered 1 to 24. When you arrive there is a B exit from the baggage hall but that is all.
Is there fast track at Fuerteventura airport?
There is no fast track option at Fuerteventura airport security. However, there is rarely much of a queue to pass through the security checkpoint. The largest queues are often at the check-in desks.
How many departure gates does Fuerteventura airport have?
There are 24 departure gates at Fuerteventura airport that serve both domestic and international flights.
How many terminals does Fuerteventura airport have?
Fuerteventura airport only has one large terminal with the arrivals area to the left and departures area to the right. The departure lounge is on the second floor.