Departures from Lanzarote Airport - What a long wait! All you need to know (2023)


Welcome back to my YouTube channel where I bring you exciting travel adventures and experiences from around the world! In this video, join me as I embark on an exhilarating journey from the beautiful island of Lanzarote to Birmingham aboard a Ryanair flight. However, not everything goes as planned, making this a truly unforgettable departure experience at Lanzarote Airport.

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As my adventure begins, I find myself at Lanzarote airport, ready to check in for my flight to Birmingham. Unfortunately, luck seems to be against me, as only one check-in desk is open, resulting in a long and frustrating wait. With countless other passengers also eager to begin their journeys, the line moves slowly, testing my patience. The process takes over an hour, but I keep a positive attitude, excited about what lies ahead.

After the check-in process, I proceed to the security checkpoint and the departure area. Despite the lengthy check-in, I have limited time before my flight departs. The adrenaline builds as I navigate through the busy Arrecife Airport, making sure I don't miss my gate.

Upon entering the departure lounge, I am greeted by a spacious and modern area, designed to meet the needs of travelers. The lounge is brightly lit and showcases Lanzarote's unique charm through its architectural elements, with local artwork and volcanic-inspired designs adorning the walls.

To satisfy your hunger, a wide variety of dining options awaits you. Whether you want a quick or leisurely meal, the departure lounge offers a variety of restaurants, cafes and snack bars. From traditional Canarian cuisine to international flavours, there is something to suit every palate. I take the opportunity to have a delicious sandwich and a refreshing drink to keep me energized for the journey ahead.

As I explore the departure lounge further, I notice a variety of duty-free shops. From cosmetics and fragrances to fashion and electronics, the stores offer a great opportunity for last-minute shopping or picking up souvenirs to remember the trip.

Before I know it, the boarding announcement for my flight is made. I say goodbye to the departure lounge, with a mixture of anticipation and nostalgia for the memorable moments spent between its walls.

Join me on this action-packed Lanzarote Airport adventure as we face the challenges of check-in delays, rush to the gate and explore the departure lounge facilities. Through my lens, experience the thrill and excitement of embarking on a journey from this beautiful Canary Island to the vibrant city of Birmingham.

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Welcome to Lanzarote Airport, this video will show you everything you need to know, about going home and arriving in Lanzarote now I'm heading back to Sunny Birmingham.

It's been many years since I've been back in the UK so I thought I'd make a video of the matches for England and Ireland or wherever you're flying and I'll do a video too.

Way back now, this could be in one video, it could be in two videos, who knows, it could even be in three. look at the departures at Lanzarote airport come on thanks this video is going to be a little behind.

Because obviously we're going the other way, whereas you're going to come from the UK or Ireland, so we're going to go.

Start with departures and this is the departure lounge at RCV Airport because through the doors you will come across this small departure.

Lounge, but it works a lot.

Very efficient! And that brings me back to the days of being a rep and working at the airport.

It's always been very exciting, so you've got a bunch of different check-in desks where you've got jet2.

You have Ryanair and you have two.

In now, the Ryanair Q, as you can see for Birmingham, was huge and I'll tell you about it in this video.

This was possibly the longest weight I've ever been on now.

Obviously you usually need to get to the airport two hours before there is no strike but this queue literally took me over an hour and a half you will see in the video and it is huge and I checked in open desk while Tui and jet2 they had some.

So what does this suggest to you now, here we are waiting and waiting.

That was about 40 minutes and we still hadn't moved.

I was getting a little frustrated.

To be honest I was so bored waiting in that queue so I thought I'd go for a walk because upstairs you can see the arrivals downstairs and this is what it looks like when you arrive Lanzarote and later in the video you go see my flight from Birmingham to Lanzarote, where I will show you everything for arrival, which is most important to you, and there is where the luggage is collected again.

You'll see this later in the video, but up there under Departures.

What is there to do if you have a long wait? Well, there's a little news agency type here where you can get some drinks, some snacks, some books, not sure if they're English, German or Spanish, I think they had a bit of a mix up.

But here you can get some meal well when I say meal it's not like the boots meal with a sandwich it's about 390 for some Pringles and a bottle of water and 290 for a couple of bottles of water you don't it can lead to safety either way it can.

But if you want to dump someone in the queue, if there's a long queue and you want to take the traffic, there's a little cafe upstairs too and me.

Tell you what it looked like, really really good and there were plenty of people there enjoying a drink sitting and waiting.

If you can allocate one person to do the horrible thing and be left waiting in the check-in line.

Finally I dropped my bags at check in and it was time to go to security and their security is right behind the check in desks and it's literally a minute's walk to get there.

This airport is nice and small, nice and quiet, and not a lot of stress.

However in the summer it obviously gets a little busy but security is generally a doddle compared to the UK and Ireland.

Now what was new for me because I haven't traveled to the UK for a while? It was modern technology that Lanzarote adopted and you'll see on arrival, it's all technical and scannable now, but it works, I don't know, because every time I've tried to do it, no matter where I go, it never works and sometimes I wonder: isn't it better to have a human touch rather than a machine to stress you out a bit more? What do you think leave me a comment anyway.

This is security.

This is where you go through all their machines and they check everything, but I had to turn the camera off because it said no filming no problem by security.

Why? Because I was organized, I knew where everything was, liquids were out, metals were out, and now it was straight forward.

If you want to hold the queue, don't read the instructions and see Birmingham a little later.

My little rant about people and safety anyway.

This is Lanzarote duty free, now there are so many you can get here and unfortunately I will show you all the way from departures but I literally waited so long in line that my flight was boarding in 15 minutes.

So this will be a quick look at Lanzarote airport departures.

I am.

Sorry I couldn't stop and do a more in-depth one.

I may have to travel a little further and come back as soon as you finish duty-free.

You enter the matches, the lounge and there's a lot of stuff here.

You can do well.

I would like to grab something to eat and something to drink but like I said I literally have to run to do that, video for you guys and get on the plane, an absolute nightmare.

But let's have a look, there are a lot of cafes, a lot of places where you can buy sandwiches, drinks, water, everything you need and it's quite a comfortable place too.

It's usually never that busy.

Obviously during July August September it can be quite busy but it is an airport.

It's what you'd expect, but there are some things you can buy.

Here you have like your designer stores.

There's lots and lots for you to look at and there's also a Burger King a little further down the road and lots and lots of places to eat.

There's even a Victoria's Secret.

If any of the ladies want to buy some nice underwear or any of the gentlemen want to buy something for their lovely one.

Ladies, wait for warp speed departures from Lanzarote Airport as all I had time to do was grab a bottle of water for a week then take it to the check-in counter to get on the plane to Sunny Old Birmingham foreigner, so this has been absolute madness.

It took me over an hour to check if there was a line.

Ryanair fine.

I have a word because it's a kind of strike.

Buses are currently on strike so let's give them the benefit of the doubt and the guy who checked me in was absolutely brilliant.

Really cool, man and I said.

This is normal and he said no. I said: are you on strike? He said no, I said, you're just taking it slow, I said? Maybe there are a few little things going on at the moment to pounce on, but everything should be clear - and it's common this time of summer - you'll be kicking ass anyway.

I have to check in I'm at gate number five come on: let's go as soon as you pass through the gate go down, see your last Lanzarote sign and go down to the runway.


I love this part because it's super emotional you see the bustle of the airport and look around at the final views of Lanzarote, say goodbye to the blue sky and get on your plane and I was ready to go myself sit back and relax because I tell you what I was absolutely exhausted by now.

The plane itself was very modern indeed.

I think I was in one of the new ones because it was all LED lights and it was very luxurious and very nice and I was happy to get my seat and get ready for my adventures in the damn Sutton coal field.

Here I go.

Here's a little tip before you go to flight mode, make sure you download Ryanair Magazine with the entire menu activated, because they don't do that anymore.

Yeah, All, Digital, the world has gone completely digital and you have to download the menu.

And of course you can't do it while you're in the air, because you're in airplane mode, so here's a little tip for you and also don't forget that all Ryanair flights don't cost money anymore.

You have to use a card so there's a tip, but the Ryanair stuff was fantastic.

The crew went through the usual safety procedures and we were ready to rock and roll. Aviation fans await because I filmed the entire takeoff and I.

Tell him what you get some amazing views of the sky.

Now, as I said at the beginning of the video, will it be two or three videos? Well I? I think there will be two so I'll leave you here and the next video will be my journey from Birmingham to Lanzarote.

So if you want to see what it's like to come, wherever you live and walk in, Lanzarote will be in the next video.

So all you have to do is click on the Subscribe button and also turn on the little notifications and it will let you know when the video is coming soon.

Will not be long.

So don't worry in the meantime, I'll leave you, with these beautiful views of Lanzarote, and this is what you see when you're walking home.

At least you can see the latest views and maybe even locate your hotel or wherever you stayed. Check out the next video where I'll be flying from Birmingham to Lanzarote and you'll see everything you need to know about getting to this beautiful island.

If you need anything, you know where we are right now: foreign, foreign, foreign, foreign, foreign.

Thank you, foreigner, foreigner.


How long does it take to get through the airport in Lanzarote? ›

You should arrive at the airport with enough time to avoid unexpected problems. The normal rule is 2 hours before the flight is scheduled to depart. Most airlines allow passengers to check in online on their website prior to travelling to the airport.

Are there queues at Lanzarote airport? ›

It depends on your day if departure and time of departure. If lots if flights are departing then it will be much busier. The bottle neck seems to be the bit after the check in desks, but before security where you fist present your boarding cards and the queue can be enormous.

What happened at Lanzarote airport? ›

A flight from Glasgow to the Spanish holiday island of Lanzarote overshot the runway and skidded into an area beside the beach this morning. The Air Europa flight had touched down on a runway that ends just before a short sloping run down to the beach and the Atlantic Ocean.

Where do you check in at Lanzarote airport? ›

What time will the check-in desk open? 2 hours 30 minutes before the scheduled time of departure.

How long does it really take to get through airport security? ›

Normal circumstances should process you through security within 20 minutes (from entering the line to putting your shoes back on). If you're flying out of a smaller airport, it's not unreasonable to expect even a fraction of that time.

What is the busiest day at Lanzarote Airport? ›

The busiest days at the airport are currently Saturday and Thursday.

Is there a fast track at Lanzarote Airport? ›

You can benefit from Fast-track and Meet & Greet services at Lanzarote Airport in Lanzarote Island (ACE) to make your airport experience more convenient and tailored. Bypassing lengthy lineups at immigration and security checks with the Fast-track service, you can save time and ease your tension.

How many terminals are at Lanzarote Airport? ›

Lanzarote Airport (ACE) comprises of two terminals, with Terminal 1 being used for all international flights and Terminal 2 for all inter-island Canary flights.

What terminal is departures at Lanzarote Airport? ›

Arrecife Airport Terminals

Airlines: All airlines operating at Lanzarote use terminal 1 except Binter.

Why are planes not landing in Lanzarote? ›

There is only one runway at Lanzarote airport, and according to the wind direction, aircraft can land either from the sea (Designated 03), or over land (designated 21). Our wind is almost (!) always from the north, which is why the runway coming from the sea is generally used.

Is there special assistance at Lanzarote Airport? ›

Barrier Free service at César Manrique-Lanzarote Airport

César Manrique-Lanzarote Airport has meeting points as part of its support service for people with reduced mobility or disability.

Is there drinking water at Lanzarote Airport? ›

Location: Terminal 1, 1st Floor, boarding area. Drinking Water – Free drinking water dispensers are available. Location: Airside, opposite Gate 3, next to the washroom entrance. Terminal 1 – (Baggage Claim • Airside, boarding Gates 3-4 and 11-12) and Terminal 2 (Airside, boarding area).

What to check before leaving for airport? ›

Pre-Travel Checklist: Trip Essentials
  1. Check your prescriptions. ...
  2. Double-check your boarding passes and itinerary. ...
  3. Check travel requirements for your destination. ...
  4. Put your passport in a safe place. ...
  5. Print all of your travel info/documents. ...
  6. Scan or photograph your passport, driver's license and credit cards.
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What do I need to bring to Lanzarote? ›

  1. Passport/Visa.
  2. Bank cards/Cash.
  3. Travel insurance.
  4. Driver's licence (if required)
  5. Booking confirmations & boarding passes etc.
  6. Maps & directions.
  7. Emergency Contact Details.
  8. Travel pillow, ear plugs & blanket (fully prepared if the flight gets uncomfortable, noisy and cold)

Do I need to print my boarding pass? ›

Depending on the requirements of airport authorities, you will need to present a mobile boarding pass, a paper boarding pass printed out by you or a paper boarding pass picked up from the check-in desk.

What you Cannot carry-on a plane? ›

Liquid or gel food items larger than 3.4 oz are not allowed in carry-on bags and should be placed in your checked bags if possible. TSA officers may instruct travelers to separate items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine.

Is 1 hour enough to get through the airport? ›

The general guideline on how early to get to the airport for a domestic flight is 2 hours. However, those traveling at a very busy time of year or out of a large airport might want to allow more time.

What is the busiest month in Lanzarote? ›

Lanzarote weather in August

August is the hottest month but also the busiest time on the island.

Is it busy in Lanzarote right now? ›

How are things currently? Lanzarote is very busy with tourists currently, with numbers at higher levels for this time of year than pre-pandemic.

What are the liquid rules at Lanzarote airport? ›

Any liquids must be less than 100ML and in a plastic bag, which you should take out of your case.

Is Lanzarote cashless? ›

Believe it or not, this is one of the most frequently asked questions on social media. No shop or restaurant will ever turn down payment in cash (unless maybe you're paying a €500 bill in 1 cent coins!). Cash is fine and remains a legal way to pay for goods and services in Lanzarote.

Can you take food through airport security Lanzarote? ›

Yes you are fine to take food on board and you could buy soft drinks/water to take on board once through security if you wanted to! pop into Greggs before you go through security for your snacks. Food isn't a problem through security, only liquids.

What is the speed limit in Lanzarote? ›

Speed limits on secondaries are signposted, but in urban areas there are specific ones: 50 KPH on two lane roads, 30 KPH on single lane roads, and 20KPH on those without pavements.

Does Lanzarote have Uber? ›

Reserve a ride with Uber in advance in Lanzarote

Request a ride up to 30 days in advance, at any time and on any day of the year.

What is the difference between terminal 1 and terminal 3 at Las? ›

LAS has 2 main terminal buildings, and both terminals have multiple gate areas. Terminal 1 is the main domestic terminal with flights operating from A, B, C, and D gates. Terminal 3 is the international and domestic terminal, with flights operating from D and E gates.

How big is Lanzarote? ›

Covering 845.94 square kilometres (326.62 square miles), Lanzarote is the fourth-largest of the islands in the archipelago.

How do I know what terminal I am using at the airport? ›

To find out your flight's terminal, you generally just need to check your airline confirmation or flight itinerary. This can be found either in your email confirmation, or on the airline's website closer to the day of departure.

What airlines fly out of Lanzarote? ›

There are 30 airlines with flights from Lanzarote: Aer Lingus ,Air Europa ,Airbus Transport International ,Binter Canarias ,British Airways ,Brussels Airlines ,Condor ,Corendon Airlines Europe ,easyJet ,Edelweiss Air ,Eurowings ,Iberia ,Iberia Express ,Jet2 ,Lufthansa ,Luxair ,Neos ,Norwegian Air Shuttle ,Prescott ...

Is terminal A or B International? ›

The terminals

The airport has two terminals: Terminal A receives international traffic and Terminal B handles domestic flights. The terminals are connected; passengers can easily walk from one to the other, but there are shuttles for those who need help. Each terminal has two levels.

Is it safe to go to Lanzarote? ›

If it's your first time planning a visit to Lanzarote (or the Canary Islands in general) you may be wondering if it's a safe destination and which places you should avoid. Generally, Lanzarote is a safe destination and you should have no problems as long as you pay the same attention as you do at home.

What country owns Lanzarote? ›

Lanzarote is one of the seven Canary Islands (eight if you include the tiny island of La Graciosa) which are owned by Spain but which are located in the Atlantic Ocean around 60 miles off the coast of North West Africa.

Why is it called Lanzarote? ›

In fact, it is widely believed that the name "Lanzarote" derives from Lanzarotto (or Lancelotto) Malocello, a Genoese sailor, who first moored on the island in the early 1300s.

Do I need to book assistance at airport? ›

You should ask for assistance either when you book or at least 48 hours before travel, whether it is through a travel agent, tour operator or airline. This information will then be passed to the airport and the service provider.

Who helps you at the airport? ›

Passenger assistant

Primary duties: A passenger assistant is a customer service professional who helps assist travelers at the airport. They handle passenger check-ins, assist with boarding and deplaning and communicate travel information to passengers.

What are the three letters for Lanzarote Airport? ›

César Manrique-Lanzarote Airport (IATA: ACE, ICAO: GCRR) (Spanish: Aeropuerto de César Manrique-Lanzarote), commonly known as Lanzarote Airport and also known as Arrecife Airport, is the airport serving the island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands.

How much is a bottle of water at the airport? ›

Bottled water.

Flying is dehydrating, and you can't bring liquids larger than 3.4 ounces through security, so many travelers pick up a bottle of water on the way to their gate for $2.50 to $5, depending on where they're departing.

Can you bring bottled water through airport security? ›

Tip #2: Reduce waste and save some money by bringing a reusable water bottle. So you can't bring H20 or any other liquids more than 3.4 oz. (well there are some exceptions) through security, but you CAN bring an empty bottle. Just fill it up on your way to boarding your flight after screening.

Can you brush your teeth with water in Lanzarote? ›

A. Yes, tap water is perfectly ok to use when brushing your teeth. Bottled water is also very cheap in Spain so this can also be used if preferred.

How many terminals does Lanzarote Airport have? ›

Lanzarote Airport (ACE) comprises of two terminals, with Terminal 1 being used for all international flights and Terminal 2 for all inter-island Canary flights.

How long does it take to get around Lanzarote? ›

If you don't like driving, don't worry; it only takes an hour to drive around the whole island from north to south. In addition, all tourist destinations have free parking and the roads are in excellent condition. In Lanzarote, renting a car is really affordable; you can get one for about 15 euros a day.

Does Lanzarote Airport have fast track security? ›

At Lanzarote (ACE) Airport you will be Fast Track or Expedite through immigrations and customs upon international arrival or Fast Track or Expedite through check in and security upon your departure.

Is it busy in Lanzarote? ›

The least busy months for tourism in Lanzarote are February, May and November, when we'll generally expect around 230,000 visitors. Visit Lanzarote during these months if you prefer an off peak or low season holiday.

Is Lanzarote close to Africa or Spain? ›

Lanzarote is one of the seven Canary Islands (eight if you include the tiny island of La Graciosa) which are owned by Spain but which are located in the Atlantic Ocean around 60 miles off the coast of North West Africa.

What are the best months to visit Lanzarote? ›

Average monthly temperatures

For the highest temperatures the best time to visit Lanzarote is between June and September although the sub tropical climate offers sunshine throughout the year and winter months are equally popular with visitors.

What are the busiest months in Lanzarote? ›

Lanzarote weather in August

August is the hottest month but also the busiest time on the island.

Is 1 hour enough time to get through airport security? ›

The general guideline on how early to get to the airport for a domestic flight is 2 hours. However, those traveling at a very busy time of year or out of a large airport might want to allow more time.

What gets you through airport security faster? ›

Here's another quick tip to get through TSA quickly: Aim for the far left or far right scanner lanes. Most casual and new travelers just walk straight ahead and end up waiting longer as a result.

Is Lanzarote English speaking? ›

The language of Lanzarote is Spanish, albeit a variant of the language spoken on the mainland known as Canarian Spanish.

Do I need cash in Lanzarote? ›

Believe it or not, this is one of the most frequently asked questions on social media. No shop or restaurant will ever turn down payment in cash (unless maybe you're paying a €500 bill in 1 cent coins!). Cash is fine and remains a legal way to pay for goods and services in Lanzarote.

How much is a meal in Lanzarote? ›

How much does a restaurant meal cost in Lanzarote? A three course meal with fillet steaks and a decent bottle of wine for two in a Spanish seaside restaurant typically costs around €85 (main courses typically cost between €10 and €20). The same meal for two with fresh fish would cost about €75.


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