Ibiza has taken off like a rocket as the number one attraction for European visitors. In just the past two years, the number of passengers arriving at Ibiza airport has risen by nearly twelve percent, with over 5.5 million visitors. IBZ (Ibiza airport) is the main artery between the two Balearic Islands, Formentera and Ibiza itself, offering year-round domestic flights to and from the mainland airports of Madrid and Barcelona.
There are a large number of airline carriers that offer their services to the Ibiza airport, but the majority of International flights are offered seasonally. Ibiza’s tourist season lasts from May to October. Airlines that use Ibiza airport as their hub for the Balearic Islands include the budget carriers, Rayanair and Vueling, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thompson Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Niki, Neos, British Airways, TUIfly, Iberia Express, Jet2.com, Monarch, Luxair, Air Europa, Bmibaby, Germanwings and Condor Flugdienst. When planning your holiday, be sure to check with your carrier as to whether its offers are seasonal or year-round, as schedules may vary.
Londoners planning a visit to Ibiza will check into the Heathrow/Gatwick Airport. Accept that you will probably be leaving at a very odd hour as most of the flights are red-eye; leaving at 23:00 or later, with early flights leaving at 6:00.
Flights leaving to Ibiza are more expensive over the weekend, and return flights to London most expensive on Mondays. While you can save money on budget carriers, their luggage and weight allowances are limited. If you are travelling heavy, the cost of your flight could be the same as with using a more expensive carrier like British Airways, which allows more liberal standards luggage weight and carry-on baggage.
Most airlines will allow passengers to check in online through their web sites prior to travelling to the airport. You will receive your boarding pass when checking in, allowing you to proceed directly to the security check points, provided you are carrying only hand-held luggage. Passengers accessing the boarding area must pass through a metal detector arch and anything they are carrying, including baggage, jackets, mobile phones, etc., must undergo an X-ray inspection.
Before going through the security checkpoint, passengers will be asked for their boarding passes. Be sure to print off all your travel documents for a safe, uncomplicated flight. Flight time can run between five to nineteen hours, depending on whether it’s a direct flight or one that involves transfers.
Initially, IBZ was established as a military airport during the Spanish Civil War, which took place between 1936-1939. After the war, it continued to be used as an emergency transport hub, but closed down in 1951. However, when the Balearic Islands began to acquire interest among international travellers as a desirable tourist location, the airport was redesigned as a commercial facility and opened to business on April 1, 1958.
Growing demand for its services has caused the airport to expand and redevelop its services several times. It’s now an attractive service area with one terminal and a number of transport options for arriving at Ibiza’s centre. Car rental desks can be found in the terminal at level 0. Rental services include Avis, Europcar, Hertz and National Atesa. Offices are open from 7:00 until 23:00.
Line 10 busses operate a shuttle service between the airport and the bus station. Bus stops are located next to the terminal. Busses run every fifteen minutes during the peak season of July and August and every twenty minutes during the rest of the summer season. Winter busses run every thirty minutes.
The airport is located 7.5 km from Ibiza town. Taxis are always available. The minimum fare for a taxi is EUR 3.25, with an average fare costing around EUR 15.00.
Tour operators are available at IBZ during the high season from May to October. They help travellers with orientation and a number of tour offers. Tour operators can be found at the arrivals hall.
The IBZ airport is a wonderful place to relax before or after your flight. Dining is available at the Ars, located at the airport and serving a variety of sandwiches, pastries, filled rolls, coffee and soft drinks. To get that special buzz going, you can settle back with your favourite coffee blend at the Espression Lavazza.
Take advantage of some of the best prices in town at the airport’s duty free shops. Shopping includes food products, pharmaceutical supplies, clothing and gifts for the home.
Ibiza is very conscientious about its environment, and this includes its airport policies. The airport contains its own power plant, which transform high-voltage energy into low voltage through ten sub-stations located throughout the facility. Water is supplied through wells and distributed through four networks that are used separately for drinking, fire fighting, flush valves, and irrigation. Drinking water is purified in an inverse osmosis plant. The airport encourages the use of recycling to reduce the amount of waste eliminated at dumping sites. It uses a system of birds of prey to keep wildlife reduced within the airport grounds naturally.