Santander Airport (Parayas) is an international airport near Santander, Spain and the only airport in Cantabria. The airport has been extended and refurbished in the last couple of years. In 2009 the airport handled 958,157 passengers and 18,753 flights, far more than in 1995 when it handled only 180,000 passengers. Currently, Ryanair is the only low-cost airline operating at the airport. Air Nostrum operates a wide variety of flights throughout Spain.
Santander hopes to attract more European airlines, both low-cost and non-low-cost in the future. The airport has 8 check-in desks, 3 baggage carousels and 5 boarding gates.