Guide To Seville Airport – SVQ
Seville Airport, also known as San Pablo Airport, is the main airport serving Seville in the south of Spain. It is around ten kilometres north-east of the Seville, which is the capital of Andalusia and fourth largest metropolitan area of Spain. More than four million travellers pass through the airport each year, nearly 80 per cent of which are domestic passengers. There are direct flights available from nine countries including the UK, France and Morocco.
Seville and its surrounding area is home to romantic courtyards, winding streets and ancient monuments from its days under Roman rule, and is flanked with nature reserves and rolling Andalucian countryside. It is famed for its orange groves, intriguing mixture of Baroque, Islamic, Gothic and Roman architecture and relaxed atmosphere, reflected in the abundance of bars and nightlife venues.
It is easily accessed by a range of transport, including by road. The A4 highway connects the airport with the city centre, and joins to the ring road leading to Madrid. The closest train station is in Seville city centre, which can be reached by bus, taxi or with a rental car. Buses from the airport to Seville Cathedral or the train station can take up to 30 minutes, and can be picked up from the bus stop on the far left from the terminal exit. Taxis are available immediately outside the terminal building.
Budget Irish airline Ryanair provides numerous routes from Seville, including to London Stansted, Barcelona and Paris. Seville Airport is also a hub for low-cost Spanish airline Vueling, and it handles lots of flights from other smaller Spanish airlines. In 2012, close to 4.3 million visitors passed through the airport, and a new terminal was built in 1992 as part of a large expansion project in preparation for the Universal Exhibition. The airport’s design is based on Seville’s history, and the building reflects elements such as the mosque, palace and orange trees.
The departure lounge is accessed from street level, and is on floor 1 in the terminal. Once passengers have checked in at one of the 42 check-in desks, they are free to visit the catering area or the preboarding zone, complete with an Iberia VIP lounge, shops and eating establishments. A passenger bus or one of five boarding bridges provides access to the aircraft.
Upon arrival, passengers follow a ramp to the eight baggage reclaim carousels on the mezzanine floor. After passing through customs, passengers enter the arrivals lounge, where they have access to car hire desks and a tourist information office.
Bars and Restaurants
The departure lounge hosts several eateries selling everything from fast food to meals and snacks made using top quality Andalucian produce for a range of food and drink to satisfy every taste and diet. There is a bar serving traditional tapas and bar snacks, and a cafeteria selling handmade pastries and cakes.
The shopping experience at Seville Airport is extensive, with a delicatessen selling traditional Andalucian food and clothing stores alongside the classic duty-free shops. There is also a shop specialising in sportswear for the Spanish national team and La Liga teams, and a shop specialising in confectionary gifts for last-minute holiday souvenirs.
In the arrivals zone, a function room accommodating 140 people can be found, which can be used for lectures, meetings and press conferences. Wi-Fi is available throughout the terminal building, and there are several hotels ranging from one- to four-stars nearby. There is an Iberia VIP room in departures for a comfortable stay at the airport.
There is a service specialising in tourist services for seniors located on the first floor in the departures hall. Airport information and an Andalusian Tourist Board desk can be found in the arrivals hall on the ground floor, and lost luggage facilities are located in the baggage reclaim room and at check-in.
Passengers with reduced mobility are able to request additional assistance up to 48 hours prior to arriving at the airport for help with any extra help they may need. The airport is equipped to accommodate disabled passengers, with meeting points for extra services located in the departures lobby and forecourt, the arrivals lobby and forecourt, the main car park and the long stay car park.