COVID-19 : Teruel’s gigantic aircraft parking triggers its turnover

Since the pandemic broke out, governments around the world have canceled international travel to slow the spread of COVID-19. As a consequence, air traffic was paralyzed. This situation has had dire consequences for airports, but has notably favored the Teruel airport, which closed 2020 with a 28.6% increase in operating income compared to 2019.

The complex does not have passenger or freight flights, but rather focuses on aircraft maintenance and parking. Thus, it has benefited from a greater number of commercial aircraft landings that were left off the circuits due to lack of activity. Specifically, Soro stated Tuesday that In 2020, the figure of 120 aircraft was reached in the Campa area compared to the maximum 78 aircraft in 2019. In addition, “in 2020, 793 worker accreditations were carried out, 72.8% more than in 2019 when there were 459”.

Soro asserted that these good figures are due to the works that are being carried out at the aerodrome: “The increase in infrastructures generates new income and more activity and that makes this airport increasingly profitable “. In this sense, he highlighted “the investment that is being carried out, with works amounting to 25 million euros (without VAT) to continue exploiting the potential of this infrastructure ”. At this time, the phase III paving, of 20 hectares, of the parking field.

The works were awarded for an amount of 1,704,233 euros to the UTE Ocide Construcción SA-Construcciones y Excavaciones Lecha SL and have been executed one month ahead of schedule. Soro has pointed out that In the coming weeks, the works for the paving of phase IV will be put out to tender, with 35 hectares, with which the paving of the existing space will be completed and for which there are already interested companies. The parking lot occupies 94 hectares.

Airport expansion

On the other hand, last Wednesday, February 10, the regional Executive approved the industrial airport expansion project from Teruel in 195 hectares, with a investment of more than 45 million euros, within 10 years. The goal is to create 240 new seats for aircraft parking and creating new floors to facilitate the establishment of companies that continue to energize the airport platform, giving it greater impetus and projection. The 195 hectares are added to the 350 already existing, of which 120 are used for parking spaces and spaces for hangars and logistics warehouses. The new parking lot, pending the final project, will have about 170 hectares.

In this way, the Project of General Interest of Aragon (PIGA) of this infrastructure will be processed, which has 250 jobs direct, what with the expansion they could increase by another 200 direct, plus indirect and induced.