In 1930 the City Council launched its first campaign to build an airport. In February 1930, the construction project was approved and building began on terrain six kilometres south of the city, near the village of Noaín, on the road from Madrid to Pamplona.
During the Civil War, the aerodrome was occasionally used by Nationalist aviation. After the war, the site was abandoned.
In November 1965, the construction of the Real Aeroclub de Navarra was approved, with headquarters at Noaín. In 1968, the Ministry of the Air approved the construction of a runway more than 500 metres long. Building work began the next year, and that same year the aerodrome was opened.
On 5 July 1972, Noaín Airport was opened for civil national air traffic and was classified as third category. The next day, the airline Aviaco began a regular route to Madrid, which flew three times a week in 1975.
In February 1975, building work began on runway lighting for the airfield. The next year, the power plant was built.
At the end of the 1980s, a CAT I Instrumental approach ILS system was installed at departure point 16 and a project was begun to provide Pamplona Airport with navigational aids for departure point 34.
In October 1991, the passenger terminal was partly demolished and building work began on a new 2600 square metre building, which was opened on 11 November 1992.
In November 1993, work began on extending the paved areas and public car parks. The work brought capacity to 340 places for cars, 24 for rental vehicles and 6 for buses.
In 2005-2010, Aena made substantial investments to provide Pamplona Airport with facilities meeting the needs of airlines and passengers, and enabling top quality services. The projects launched at this time include the new terminal, extending the apron for aircraft and the public car park, and a new control tower. Also, in 2010, the runway was extended by 200 metres, and now measures 2407 metres. This brought the airport into line with the requirements of some airlines, enabling the takeoff of jet engines, such as the Boeing 737, fully laden and in unfavourable temperatures and humidity conditions.
For more information, you may want to acquire the work by José Parejo and Luis Utrilla, History of Pamplona Airport.
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