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Alicante airport

Alicante Airport
Aeropuerto de Alicante-Elche
Aeroport d'Alacant-Elx
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Aena
Serves Alicante - Elche
Location El Altet - Torrellano (Elche)
Elevation AMSL 43 m / 141 ft
Coordinates 38°16′56″N 00°33′29″W / 38.28222°N 0.55806°W / 38.28222; -0.55806Coordinates: 38°16′56″N 00°33′29″W / 38.28222°N 0.55806°W / 38.28222; -0.55806

Location within Spain
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 3,000 9,842 Asphalt / Concrete
Statistics (2012)
Passengers 8,855,441
Passenger change 11-12 Decrease-10.7%
Aircraft Movements 62,468
Movements change 11-12 Decrease-17.3%
Sources: Passenger Traffic, AENA;[1] Spanish AIP, AENA[2][3]

Alicante-Elche Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto de Alicante-Elche, ), (IATA: ALCICAO: LEAL), originally named El Altet, is the sixth busiest airport in Spain based on passenger numbers, and the main airport for the Valencian Community and the Region of Murcia. The airport is situated 9 km (5.6 mi) southwest of Alicante, about 160 km (99 mi) south of Valencia, about 70 km (43 mi) north of Murcia and 10 km (6.2 mi) east of Elche in the municipality of Elche on Mediterranean coast. Up to eighty percent of all passenger flights are international. The largest numbers of passengers arrive from the United Kingdom, Germany, and the Netherlands. Popular domestic destinations are Madrid, Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona. Both international and domestic passenger traffic have increased significantly in the last decade.

In 2011, Alicante Airport handled 9,913,764 passengers, 75,572 flight operations and 3,011 tonnes of cargo, making it the busiest airport in the Valencian Community by passenger numbers, and one of the 50 busiest in Europe. The airport is the fourth largest base for low-cost giant Ryanair with 59 destinations served by the airline. The largest number of passengers is carried by Ryanair (3,152,724 passengers in 2010), followed by EasyJet (1,337,350). Air Berlin (620,671) is the distant third.[1][4]

In March 2011, the New Terminal Area of the airport was opened.[5] All flights arrive and depart from this new terminal. Terminals 1 and 2, which were in service before the opening of the new terminal, are currently closed.


El Altet airport opened on 4 May 1967, replacing the older aerodrome La Rabassa that had served Alicante since 1936. It took its name after the El Altet area (a part of Elche's countryside) where it was built. The first commercial flight that landed in the airport was Convair Metropolitan by Aviaco.[6] Iberia established a regular connections Alicante-Madrid and Alicante-Barcelona in November 1969.[7] In early 1970s passengers' traffic reached 1 million, which prompted a construction of a new passenger terminal. In 1980 the runway was extended to three kilometres.[6]

The next renovation took place in 1996.[7] A new office building together with operation and business centres were constructed. For the first time, five air bridges were installed to facilitate boarding.[7]

In 2011, the new terminal was opened at the airport increasing the annual airport capacity to 20 million passengers per year.[5] Works however will not be completed until 2014, as plans are to construct a connecting hallway between the new terminal and terminals 1 and 2 that will allow to exploit the passenger space of all terminals.[8]

Historically, up until 2003, Iberia was the leading airline at the airport.[9] With the decline of conventional airlines, in 2004 low-cost EasyJet took the lead.[9] In 2007, Ryanair, the largest European low-cost airline established a base in Alicante.[10] It has become the leading carrier at the airport in 2009, and by 2011 it has increased its presence further with eleven aircraft based, 62 routes, and more than 3 million passengers. However, from the end of October 2011, Ryanair has cut 31 routes due to disagreement with AENA on the usage of air bridges at the new terminal.( Before they would always unload on the tarmac because it is cheaper but the owners of the airport want all planes to use the air bridges in the new building and not unload on the tarmac.)[11]


The New Terminal is the only terminal currently in service. Terminals 1 and 2 have been closed since the opening of the new terminal.

New Terminal

The new terminal (denoted as Terminal N) was officially opened on 23 March 2011. All flight operations at the airport were moved to this terminal on the following day. The first flight that used the terminal was a Ryanair flight to Memmingen.

The terminal has an area of 333,500 m2, which is more than six times the size of terminals 1 and 2 together. It includes 96 check-in desks, 40 gates, including 15 with airbridges, and 16 baggage reclaim carousels.[12] The terminal is split into two areas, the processor where the C Gates are held, and the dock where the majority of B Gates are located. Flights within the Schengen Area use both areas of the terminal while flights to non-Schengen destinations only use the dock. This terminal was constructed to the east of Terminal 1.

Terminal 1

Terminal 1 (styled as T1) had 38 check-in desks numbered 1 - 38, along with one for special baggage which is desk number 39. It included 11 gates of which five have airbridges, which are the odd numbered gates, and nine baggage reclaim carousels. It was closed after the opening of the new terminal on 24 March 2011. There are plans to reopen Terminal 1 following the construction of a connecting hallway with the new terminal.[8]

Terminal 2

Terminal 2 (styled as T2) had 14 check-in desks numbered 51 - 64, 6 gates (none with airbridges), and two baggage reclaim carousels. This terminal is adjacent to Terminal 1. The terminal was opened in January 2007. Prior to the opening of the new terminal whilst it was still active it was the smaller of the two terminals. Once the new terminal had opened on 24 March 2011, it was closed together with Terminal 1. Terminal 2 is due to reopen but only to private flights, air ambulances and small charter planes. No date for this has currently been set.[8]

Airlines and destinations


Airlines Destinations Pier1
Aer Lingus Dublin
Seasonal: Cork
Air Algérie Algiers, Oran D
Air Berlin Berlin-Tegel, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Palma de Mallorca, Stuttgart, Zürich D, P
Aviatrans Kiev Seasonal Charter: Kiev-Zhuliany D
BA Cityflyer Seasonal Charter: Glasgow-International D
British Airways London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow D
Brussels Airlines Brussels D, P
EasyJet Belfast-International, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow-International, Liverpool, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Southend, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne D
EasyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva D, P
Edelweiss Air Seasonal Charter: Zürich D, P
Flybe Exeter, Southampton D
Iberia Madrid D, P
operated by Air Nostrum
Bilbao, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Madrid
Seasonal: Tenerife-North
D, P
Iberia Express Madrid D, P Belfast-International, Blackpool, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow-International, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne D
Jetairfly Brussels, Charleroi, Liège, Ostend/Bruges D, P
operated by Volotea
Seasonal: Humberside D, P
Monarch Airlines Birmingham, East Midlands, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Manchester D
Norwegian Air Shuttle London-Gatwick D
Norwegian Air Shuttle Aalborg, Ålesund, Bergen, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Hamburg, Helsinki, Munich, Moss/Rygge, Oslo-Gardermoen, Oulu, Sandefjord, Stavanger, Stockholm-Arlanda, Tromsø, Trondheim, Turku
Seasonal: Billund, Harstad/Narvik, Karlstad, Molde, Umeå
D, P
Primera Air Seasonal: Reykjavík-Keflavík D, P
Rossiya Seasonal: St Petersburg D
Ryanair Birmingham, Bristol, Bournemouth, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, London-Stansted, Glasgow-Prestwick, Manchester, Sandefjord
Seasonal: Cork, Derry, Kerry, Knock, Shannon
Ryanair Billund, Bremen, Charleroi, Eindhoven, Gothenburg-City, Hahn, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Katowice, Kraków, Maastricht/Aachen, Malmö, Moss/Rygge, Nuremberg, Stockholm-Skavsta, Santiago de Compostela, Warsaw-Modlin (begins 16 April 2014), Weeze
Seasonal: Aarhus, Ängelholm, Beauvais, Bergamo, Katowice, Memmingen, Västerås, Wrocław
D, P
Scandinavian Airlines Oslo-Gardermoen
Seasonal: Bergen, Copenhagen, Kristiansand, Stavanger, Stockholm-Arlanda, Trondheim
D, P
operated by AlbaStar
Seasonal Charter: Gothenburg-Landvetter, Stockholm-Arlanda D, P
S7 Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo D
Thomas Cook Airlines Charter: Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal Charter: Belfast-International, East Midlands
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Charter: Brussels D, P
Thomson Airways Birmingham, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, East Midlands, Edinburgh (begins 5 November 2013), Glasgow, London-Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal: Bristol, Norwich
Transaero Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo D Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam/The Hague D, P
Travel Service Airlines Seasonal Charter: Warsaw D
VIM Airlines Seasonal Charter: Moscow-Domodedovo D
Vueling Cardiff, Moscow-Domodedovo, St Petersburg (begins 3 June 2014) D
Vueling Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bilbao, Brussels, Copenhagen, Oran (begins 7 January 2014), Palma de Mallorca, Paris-Orly
Seasonal: Ibiza
D, P
Wizz Air Seasonal: Bucharest D, P
WOW Air Seasonal: Reykjavík-Keflavík D, P

1D means Dock, P stands for Processor.



In 2012, the number of passengers decreased by 10.7% to 8,855,441. The passenger traffic has increased in every year since 2000, with the exception of 2009 and 2012.

Alicante Airport Passenger Totals 2000-2011 (millions)

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bar:2000 from:start till:6.038
bar:2001 from:start till:6.542
bar:2002 from:start till:7.010
bar:2003 from:start till:8.195
bar:2004 from:start till:8.571
bar:2005 from:start till:8.795
bar:2006 from:start till:8.893
bar:2007 from:start till:9.120
bar:2008 from:start till:9.578
bar:2009 from:start till:9.139
bar:2010 from:start till:9.382
bar:2011 from:start till:9.913
bar:2012 from:start till:8.855

Updated: 16 February 2013.[1] 2012 data provisional.
Passengers Aircraft movements Cargo (tonnes)
2000 6,038,266 56,427 7,745
2001 6,542,121 56,550 7,923
2002 7,010,322 59,268 6,548
2003 8,195,454 66,571 5,848
2004 8,571,144 71,387 6,036
2005 8,795,705 76,109 5,193
2006 8,893,720 76,813 4,931
2007 9,120,631 79,756 4,533
2008 9,578,304 81,097 5,982
2009 9,139,607 74,281 3,199
2010 9,382,935 74,474 3,112
2011 9,913,764 75,572 3,011
2012 8,855,764 62,468 n/a
Source: Aena Statistics[1]
Busiest European Routes from Alicante-El Altet Airport January–November (2011)
Rank City Passengers Top Carriers
1 London-Gatwick, United Kingdom 700.442 EasyJet, Monarch, Ryanair, Thomson Airways
2 Manchester, United Kingdom 549.801 EasyJet, Jet2, Monarch, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways
3 Oslo-Gardermoen, Norway 452.417 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
4 London-Stansted, United Kingdom 367.244 EasyJet, Ryanair
5 Liverpool, United Kingdom 301.142 EasyJet, Ryanair

Ground transport

Alicante airport is accessible by buses, taxis, and private cars on automobile road N-338. In the future, it is envisaged that is will be reached by trains and trams. A space in the basement of the new terminal is reserved for construction of stations for both modes.

Means of transport at Alicante airport
Means of transport Available Carrier Line Destination Website
- Bus Yes Subús Alcoyana C-6 Alicante, Line C-6
Subús Moyá 1A, 1B Elche
Torrellano, Line 1B
Subús Moyá 1B Arenales del Sol
El Altet, Line 1B
ALSA -------- Benidorm
Costa Azul -------- Torrevieja
Costa Azul -------- Orihuela Coast
La Marina
Autocares Baile -------- Santa Pola
Gran Alacant
Arenales del Sol
El Altet
- Train No (in project) -------- -------- --------
- Tram No (in project) -------- -------- Alicante
- Taxi Yes Radio Taxi Elche -------- various

New car parking was opened in 2011 together with the new terminal. It employs a modern sensor system with displays. The multi-level parking is covered protecting cars from excessive sunlight.

See also

Spain portal
Aviation portal
  • Aena (Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea)


External links

  • Official website (English) (Spanish)
  • NWS
  • Aviation Safety Network
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