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SMALL AIRPORT - BIG POTENTIAL
Girona-Costa Brava Airport (GRO)
Member Name: angelboouk
Girona-Costa Brava Airport (GRO)
Advantages: CLEAN AND TIDY
*About the Airport*
Girona Airport (GRO) is situated in Catalonia in the north of Spain. The airport provides links to Barcelona and the Costa Brava. Girona Airport is situated approx 64miles north east of Barcelona city centre. Girona is the 8th busiest airport within Spain and seen 5.2million travellers passing through in 2009 on 48,128 flights. The airport offers connections to the Pyrenees and Andorra as it is a 40minute drive from the French Border. There are 15 boarding gates on the 1st floor of the airport.
The main airline operating from Girona is the budget airline Ryanair. There are 18 UK airports which offer flights to Girona and these are :
There is a selection of places to eat whilst waiting on your flight and adequate seating. These include :
Bier Garden - serves coffee, juices, soft drinks, sandwiches, salads and pasta. Open 5am - 10pm
Food Gallery - serves cakes, sandwiches, various hot dishes at lunch and dinner. Open 24hrs.
La Terraza - serves drinks and snacks. Open 5am - 10pm.
McDonalds - serves burgers, salads, ice cream, drinks etc. Open 5am - 10pm.
Medas - serves hamburgers, sausages, sandwiches, a la carte dishes. Open 5pm - 10pm.
There are 4 shops within Girona Airport. These are :
Aldeasa Duty Free - sells cigarettes, alcohol, sweets, perfumes and cosmetics etc. There is a smaller version of this store further down the terminal.
There are also 2 small shops selling local produce.
ATMs - operated by Banesto, you can withdraw money on the ground floor and passenger only floor.
Internet - WIFI is available on the ground and first floor of the building.
Tourist services - offering various tourist advice and leaflets.
First aid room - located on the ground floor.
*Getting to/from Airport*
There are various modes of transport to and from the airport.
Shuttle Bus services - you can book a seat on a private shuttle bus to your resort www.shuttledirect.com
Airport taxis - these are located in a designated taxi rank outside the main terminal doors. There is a list of average prices on the website and for travelling to Barcelona which is 92km the cost would be approx Euro115. Lloret de Mar would be Euro40. There are supplements if the taxi has to wait on you, for weekend transfers and excess baggage. Each taxi holds 4max people and 1 suitacase and 1 hand baggage each.
Girona Airport Buses - 1hr 10mins to Barcelona and costs Euro12 for the single trip and Euro21 for a return trip. Tickets are available from the bus desk within the airport and timetables coincide with flight arrivals.
Carparking - there are currently 3400 parking spaces in 2 areas. Charges apply.
On arrival to the airport, you can take a trolley for your luggage or carry it to the check in desks. There are 30 check in desks and several of them are reserved for those who have checked in online and wish to drop off their luggage. Once you are checked in, you go upstairs on the escalator and proceed to Customs. If you are wearing boots they request you remove them and put on paper shoes. All items including anything from your pockets must be put in a tray and through security. Once you are through there is a large open plan area with the shops, restaurants and toilets etc and various seating areas where you can look out at the planes taking off and landing. Once your flight is ready to board, your proceed to the gate, go down stairs and out onto the tarmac and onto your plane.
On arriving to the airport, you walk into the main terminal and through Customs showing your passport. You then find yourself in the baggage reclaim where your bags will be offloaded onto a conveyor belt. There are toilets and vending machines aswell as a help desk. You can then proceed to the main doors and head towards your choose mode of transport.
On Sunday 14th March, along with 23 college friends and 3 tutors, we flew from Prestwick to Girona Airport for our trip to Lloret de Mar. We landed and managed to speed through customs though out bags did take quite a while to be offloaded. Whilst there we used the toilet facilities and they were very clean and tidy. Once we had our bags, we headed the bus depot outside and we were met by our coach. My opinion of the arrival lounge is that it is clean, tidy and very well laid out with plenty of space. We didn't have any issues and it was a speedy process.
Returning to Girona Airport yesterday - we arrived ahead of schedule at around 2.30pm and proceeded to the baggage drop off as our tutor had checked us in online and we already had our boarding passes. The airport was very quite and at the time we were the only ones putting our bags through. The ground floor is very spacious and trolleys are available as are toilets and a police service aswell as customer services. We went up the escalators and through Customs - this was fun as they were very rude and expected everyone to know Spanish or they snapped at you but as soon as we were through it was fine. Our flight wasn't departing until 6pm so we had 3hours to kill.
We browsed the shops mainly the Duty Free which is ridiciously overpriced as you would expect though did sell a wonderful selection of perfumes and travel exclusive sets from the likes of Dior and Givenchy. Cigarettes were very expensive as were sweets though I couldn't resist buying some for my fiance as I had some leftover Euros. We were peckish and decided to go to the little cafe. I had a little box of Pringles, a Coca Cola and a cake and it came to around Euros7. I went back to buy my son a Milky Bar which he insisted on when I phoned him and it cost me Euro1.70 which is a total rip off! We also popped into Mcdonalds for an IceCream Sundae which was Euro2.10 which is expensive compared to the UK.
There are a few outside areas upstairs and large bay windows for watching the planes. There is plenty of toilets, phones and also internet facilities. These were all clean and adequate for the requirements which was pleasing. The whole upstairs area is very well planned out and there is enough to keep travellers busy despite being a relatively small airport. We were at the gates for around 5.15pm and started boarding 5mins later. To board you go downstairs, out onto the tarmac and walk along some black and white lines. I accidently went outside the lines and got yelled at off a member of the staff..not amused but I was just eager to get on the plane!
My overall opinion is that Girona Airport, despite being a smaller airport is very clean and tidy and well thought out. I don't plan to visit the area again so it is unlikely that I will have the pleasure of passing through here again but I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to travel to the Costa Brave area.
Summary: WOULD RECOMMEND