Lanzarote Airport is located in the township of San Bartolome, nearly Las Palmas. Only a few miles from Arrecife, the facility is often referred to as Arrecife Airport. This is easily the busiest gateway into the island, with more than five million people passing through every year. About 50,000 flights operate annually, making it one of the key airports in the Canary Islands. Most of the international connections come from European and British cities around the Iberian Peninsula. US travelers will need to fly through the UK or Europe. Ryanair flies from London, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Madrid, Seville, and Barcelona, while Air Berlin and Condor connect from major German airports like Berlin and Frankfurt daily.
There are two terminals in the facility, Terminal 1, the newest building on site, opened in 1999 which handles all international flights. Terminal 2 is used mainly for inter-island flights and routes to the Iberian Peninsula. Both contain a number of duty-free shops selling clothing, perfume, jewelry and a range of other items. Cafés, restaurants, and fast-food chains are located inside, making it possible to enjoy a bite to eat before departing. There are no currency exchange services at the airport, but visitors may use the ATMs to withdraw money. In addition, car rental services, information booths, wheelchair access, and VIP airport lounges can be found inside.
There is an Arrecife bus operating from both terminals to take passengers to the capital, Costa Teguise or Puerto del Carmen. Car rental or taxis are other popular transportation options in Lanzarote, albeit more expensive. The roads are easy to navigate and well-marked.