Bilbao Airport

This airport is located 11 km from Bilbao, in the northern part of Spain. Even though this is a mountain area, the airport itself is situated in a valley.
The very first decision to build an airport was made in 1927. However, the airport is most famous for its newest terminal that started to operate in 2000.
It attracts particular attention mostly because of a unique body of the building. The shape resembles a pigeon starting up the flight – there are two symmetric wings and a beak (especially visible from the side). This amazing project, created by Santiago Calatrava, coined a name for the airport – La Paloma, which means “a pigeon”. White concrete and glass were used for the construction. Therefore, it seems light and clean.
Its spacious interior is filled with light. The arches at the ceiling resemble a bird’s wings. Initially, the airport authorities did not speak in favor of the project claiming that it is difficult to extend such a body. Nevertheless, in the years 2005-2006, the departure zone was modernized. The number of commercial facilities almost doubled.


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