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Bilbao Airport Informational Guide to Bilbao Airport (BIO) - Non Official

Our Review of Bilbao Airport (BIO)

Our Review of Bilbao Airport (BIO)

At Plan Your Trips, we have analyzed hundreds of airports around the world, gaining a clear understanding of what users expect when visiting an airport. With this know-how, we have created this guide, placing passengers at the forefront of everything, aiming to simplify and enhance the airport experience.

In this Guide,our goal is to present information in a manner that is both quick and reliable. Recognizing that passengers often have limited time and may be in a hurry, we strive to ensure that they do not waste time unnecessarily.

Another key focus of our guide is to highlight the strengths of the airport and also the weaknesses, and in some cases, offer recommendations to travelers. In alignment with this approach, we provide users with aggregated information on delays and on-time performance, analyzing both airlines and individual flights.

Pros and Cons of Bilbao Airport (BIO)

PROS

- Location: Bilbao Airport is conveniently located about 12 km from the city center, making it easily accessible. It serves as the major gateway to North Spain and is well-connected to the city by road and public transport.
- Top architecture: Santiago Calatrava - worldwide known archictect- was at the head of this project. Building is known as La Paloma and it is charecteristic for its white scenario and glass.
- Good Connectivity: It offers a good range of European and domestic flights. Some destinations to north of Africa, too.

 

CONS

- Only basic services and retailers: Bilbao Airport is not a big one, so expect to only find the basic shops, restaurants and retailers.
- Lounge availabilty: For those passengers that want to relax  before its flight, take into account that there is only one lounge available.


Mini-Guide of the Airport (2' Guide)

- There is 1 terminal. There you can find the arrivals area, check-in and access to gates after security check.

- Transport to and from Bilbao: Passengers will find some public bus routes and taxi and transfers. Plan accordingly as there aren’t lots of options available.

- Check-in Areas: Check-in areas in Bilbao Airport are located just inside the main building, in Level 3.

- There is one lounge located throughout the airport. Expect to find food, refreshments, and a nice seating area while waiting for your flight.


How we calculate On Time Performance

On various pages of our website, you will encounter a metric widely utilized in aviation and other forms of transportation known as OTP (On Time Performance). We believe that providing this metric assists passengers in planning their trips and exploring alternatives before purchasing their flight tickets.

We calculate the On Time Performance for all flights and airlines, when we have enough data to do so. In certain instances, it may not be feasible to accurately compute the On-Time Performance for a specific flight or airline due to inadequate or non-representative data, which could result in misleading conclusions.

Our calculation of On Time Performance and delay information solely relies on arrival times. This approach is chosen over calculating departure delays, as we consider arrival punctuality to be of primary concern to passengers.

The On Time Performance displayed on our website is calculated as follows:

  • On Time: Flights that arrive within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival time, or earlier. In the absence of data for a specific flight, we assume the flight arrives on time, to avoid penalizing airlines for data unavailability.
  • Moderate Delay: Flights that arrive with a delay of 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Significant Delay: Flights that arrive with a delay of 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Major Delay: Flights that arrive with a delay exceeding 60 minutes.
  • Average Delay: The average delay is calculated by considering flights that arrive early as having a delay of 0 minutes. Early arrivals do not contribute to reducing the average delay calculation

Some Stats

Annual Passengers Evolution

Airlines with more flight operations (last 3 months)

Vueling

42% (Total flights analyzed: 2715)

Iberia

11% (Total flights analyzed: 722)

Volotea

9% (Total flights analyzed: 601)

Lufthansa

8% (Total flights analyzed: 509)

Air Europa

8% (Total flights analyzed: 485)

Airlines with best on-time performance at Bilbao Airport (last 3 months)

Considering all airlines:

Wizz Air Malta

100% (Total flights analyzed: 27)

Norwegian Air International

100% (Total flights analyzed: 6)

Iberia

91% (Total flights analyzed: 722)

SmartWings

90% (Total flights analyzed: 21)

Brussels Airlines

89% (Total flights analyzed: 90)

Vueling

88% (Total flights analyzed: 2715)

Volotea

85% (Total flights analyzed: 601)

Turkish Airlines

84% (Total flights analyzed: 89)

Air Arabia Maroc

84% (Total flights analyzed: 31)

Air Europa

83% (Total flights analyzed: 485)

Considering only airlines with more than 10 flights/week:

Iberia

91% (Total flights analyzed: 722)

Vueling

88% (Total flights analyzed: 2715)

Volotea

85% (Total flights analyzed: 601)

Easyjet

83% (Total flights analyzed: 195)

Air Europa

83% (Total flights analyzed: 485)

Air France

82% (Total flights analyzed: 193)

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

75% (Total flights analyzed: 265)

Lufthansa

61% (Total flights analyzed: 509)

Routes with more flights from Bilbao Airport (last month)

Madrid - MAD (Spain): 255
Barcelona - BCN (Spain): 179
London - LGW (United Kingdom): 120
Amsterdam - AMS (Netherlands): 111
Paris - CDG (France): 108
Malaga - AGP (Spain): 103
Sevilla - SVQ (Spain): 92
Palma de Mallorca - PMI (Spain): 91
Munich - MUC (Germany): 86
Frankfurt - FRA (Germany): 78