Inter-island flight terminal
Lanzarote Airport now has a new terminal to attend inter-island passenger traffic in the Canary Islands. The new building is designed over the old airport terminal, respecting and making special use of the mural done by César Manrique in the old airport facilities.
The reform works have provided the airport with modern facilities to cover the quite unique traffic demands at this airport, considering that distances are measured in minutes, instead of kilometres.
The traffic that this airport generates is quite different from other airports due to such factors as passenger origin and destination, the types of aircraft used and the duration of the flights. This uniqueness was taken specially into account when designing the new space to give it a special dynamism and agility. It is easy for passengers to quickly orient themselves and to identify all the services available to them at a glance.
A flexible, comfortable terminal
The new terminal seeks not only flexibility and dynamism, but also comfort for passengers during the longest stays, for which a pleasant, well-lit space has been created.
In the departures area, passengers get to the large hall via automatic sliding doors, and find the ticket sales offices and check-in desks right in front. The same floor houses the security control checkpoint and departures lounge, an area designed in the most authentic of Canary Island style to reproduce local architecture. There is a Canary Island-style patio in the centre and landscaped areas with local flora along the entire route taken by passengers from the lounge to the boarding gates.
With these installations, passengers will find all the services they need for the departure process within the same unit, ensuring that check-in and boarding can be carried out quickly and easily.
The route taken by passengers in the arrivals area is equally simple and intuitive: once they have claimed their baggage, passengers are practically right in front of the building exits.
Likewise, the commercial aspect has been treated from a functional point of view. Passengers who have time before boarding aircraft will be able to see the shopping areas that have been strategically placed in the building from the check-in desks: to the right there is a cafeteria and shopping area that has been designed and equipped to make waiting a more pleasant experience for passengers, while the rest area can be found surrounding the shopping area. Upon leaving the terminal, passengers will find it equally simple to find the services they need: the car hire companies are located by the exit doors of the baggage reclaim area and provide service to customers both inside the lobby and outside, in the arrivals lobby.
Used area in the building: 3.800 square metres
Five check-in desks and one check-in desk for special baggage.
- Shopping Area
- Car hire (4 spaces)
- Ticket sales
- Rest area and exhibitions
The light and César Manrique
César Manrique is present in the building through his bas-relief mural, around which an exhibition space has been created for contemplation of the work by this Canary Island artist.
The natural light is also a dominant presence thanks to the large glazed panels of the land side façade. The intensity of the island light is moderated by the porch that runs alongside this façade.
Furthermore, local materials have been used for the building, such as volcanic stone for the walls and laminate wood for the interior canopies, while rusted steel has been used as a modern, avant-garde enriching element.