Company profile

Aena is the world's leading airport operator by numbers of passengers.

Aena SME, S.A. is a state-owned company that manages general interest airports and heliports in Spain. Through its subsidiary company Aena Internacional it also participates in the management of 23 airports abroad.

Aena represents a successful model of international management with a notable presence in Latin America. Its latest achievement was being awarded the contract for the airport group from the north east of Brazil in 2019, which is comprised of six airports

In December 2010, Aena Aeropuertos, S.A. was created under Royal Decree-Law 13/2010. In July 2014, its name changed to Aena, S.A.; in April 2017 the abbreviation S.M.E. was added to indicate its status as a state-owned company.

The Council of Ministers approved a new regulatory and supervisory framework for airport quality control and the maintenance of the Aena network on 4 July 2014, with the aim of fostering economic development and competitiveness in the sector by freezing of taxes until 2025.

Aena has been listed on the stock exchange since 11 February 2015.

Shareholding configuration of Aena: 51% ENAIRE (State Administration), 
49% free float

World's leading airport management company

Aena is the world's number one airport operator in terms of passenger traffic. Over 275 million passengers passed through Spanish airports in 2019.

The company manages 46 airports and 2 heliports in Spain and has direct and indirect shares in another 23 airports: one in Europe (London Luton airport, of which it owns 51% of the share capital) and 22 in the Americas (6 in Brazil, 12 in Mexico, 2 in Colombia and 2 in Jamaica).

In March 2019, Aena International acquired 100% of six airports in the north east of Brazil (Aeroporto de Juazeiro do Norte-Orlando Bezerra de Menezes, Aeroporto Internacional Recife/Guararapes-Gilberto Freyre, Aeroporto de Joao Pessoa-Presidente Castro Pinto, Aeroporto de Campina Grande-Presidente Joao Suassuna, Aeroporto de Aracaju-Santa Maria, Aeroporto de Maceió-Zumbi dos Palmares).

Aena Desarrollo Internacional also provides consulting services to the Cuban airport company Cuba-Ecasa.

Main airport operators in 2019

In 2019 Aena was the European airport operator with the greatest volume of passengers, with 293.4 million. It was followed by Aéroports de Paris, with 108 million; TAV Airports, with 105; Heathrow Airport Holdings, with 80.9; Schiphol Group, 80.5; and Fraport, 70.5.

Aena SME, S.A. is a leading company thanks to its experience, capacity and team of airport service management professionals. It offers its customers –passengers, airlines, handling agents and users in general– a comprehensive service of the highest quality.

Aena’s airports are some of the most modern and functional in the world, and they are equipped with the most advanced technology. Their efficient services and varied commercial offering (in exclusive environments, with the most prestigious brands and innovative products) guarantees passengers a safe, comfortable experience. Furthermore, they are designed for all: with full accessibility and assistance services for people with reduced mobility that have received international awards for excellence.

Aena is a responsible company; it is aware of the importance of its role as an economic driver in the areas of influence of its airports and has an ongoing commitment to development and sustainability.

Legal framework

The company is governed by its Articles of Association, internal rules and procedures and by the following legislation among others:

  • Law 40/2015, of 1 October, on the Legal Framework for the Public Sector.
  • Law 18/2014, of 15 October, approving urgent measures for growth, competitiveness and efficiency.
  • Royal Decree Act 8/2014, dated 4 July, approving urgent measures regarding growth, competitiveness and efficiency.
  • Royal Decree Act 13/2010, dated 3 December, on tax, labour and regulations to foster investment and job creation.
  • Royal Legislative Decree 1/2010, dated 2 July, approving the consolidated text of the Capital Companies Law.
  • Royal Legislative Decree 4/2015, dated 23 October, approving the consolidated text of the Stock Market Law.
  • Law 47/2003, dated 26 November, General Budgetary Act.
  • Law 33/2003, dated 3 November, on Public Administration Assets, in accordance with existing legislation.
  • Law 21/2003 on Air Safety (Title VI) and other applicable general legislation.


The Company has the following objectives:

  • Organising, directing, coordinating, operating, conserving, administrating and managing the general interest airports and heliports managed by Aena SME, S.A. and services directly related to them.
  • Coordinating, operating, conserving, administrating and managing the civil passenger traffic areas of air bases which are open to civil aviation and the joint civil/military airports.
  • Designing and developing projects related to the execution, operation and monitoring of investments in airport infrastructure and facilities as well as their related aerodrome air traffic service assets.
  • Conducting needs assessments and, if required, putting forward plans for new airport infrastructures and the aeronautical and acoustic planning limitations related to airports and airport services managed by the Company.
  • Operating the security services for airport facilities managed by the Company, without prejudice to the powers of the Ministry of the Interior in this field.
  • Providing training in all areas related to air transport, including the training of aeronautical professionals in gaining licences, qualifications and permits, in addition to promoting and fostering aeronautical and airport activity.
  • Direct or indirect administration, managing and controlling airports outside Spain.