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When planning for a trip to Northern Spain opt for a flight into the Basque County arriving through their most important airport, the Bilbao Airport. Situated only 9 kilometres north of Bilbao, in the municipality of Loiu, it is an ideal place to collect your Bilbao Airport car hire. You can choose to have your rental car pick you up directly at the airport, or maybe have it meet you at so many different locations in nearby downtown.
Its new main terminal’s designed has gained the airport a lot of popularity in the last years; this new terminal opened for service in year 2000. Featuring a sleek design with two symmetrical "wings", its peculiar design is the reason why the building has been nicknamed "La Paloma", which means The Dove. Another interesting fact is its construction of glass and white concrete. A spacious and luminous interior awaits travellers to add a comfortable feel.
Some have criticized its design claiming it might be difficult to make further enlargements to the terminal's capacity. According to Aena, the authority when it comes to Spanish airports, the design is "too closed". This was proven wrong when additions took place in 2005 and 2006, offering passengers enhanced shopping facilities featuring almost double the retail space!
It is popular now that Bilbao is the main hub for travellers arriving in northern Spain, and so shows the number of passengers using the new terminal which continues to be increased. Ever since the opening of the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao has seen a boost in tourist visits. The Museum is easy to reach straight from the airport in a Bilbao rental car.
From Bilbao Airport to the city centre you can take the Lurraldebus, the BizkaiBus, or even Rail transport; however the most comfortable transportation for your visit is a cheap car rental in Bilbao.