Gran Canaria Airport (IATA: LPA, ICAO: GCLP), (commonly known as Las Palmas Airport, and formerly known as Gando Airport), (Spanish: Aeropuerto de Gran Canaria, Aeropuerto de Las Palmas), It is an important airport for Spanish tourism as it is the fifth busiest airport of Spain, and the first in Canaries. It is an airport located on Gran Canaria Island. In 2011 it handled over 10.5 million passengers, a 11.1% increase compared with 2010.
The airport is located in the eastern part of Gran Canaria on the Bay of Gando (Bahía de Gando), 19 km (12 mi) south of center of Las Palmas, and 25 km (16 mi) from the popular tourist areas in the south. The lengthy runways made the airport an alternative landing site for the NASA Space Shuttle.