Alicante International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de Alicante), (IATA: ALC), originally named El Altet, is the main airport for the province of Alicante and the region of Murcia in Spain. Alicante Airport is located within the municipality of Elche, its facilities lying just 9 km southwest of Alicante. Alicante Airport is the busiest airport in the Valencian community.
Alicante Airport History
Alicantes El Altet airport opened on 4 May 1967, replacing the older airdrome La Rabassa that had served Alicante since 1936. It took its name after the El Altet area (a part of Elches countryside) where it was built. The first commercial flight that landed in the airport was Convair Metropolitan by Aviaco.Iberia established a regular connections Alicante-Madrid and Alicante-Barcelona since November 1969. In early 1970s passengers traffic reached 1 million, which prompted a construction of a new passenger terminal. In later 1970s the runway was extended to three kilometers.
In 2007, Ryanair, the largest European low cost airline established a base at the airport.
In 2008, Alicante Airport handled 9,578,308 passengers, making it the sixth busiest airport by passenger numbers in Spain, and one of the 50 busiest in Europe. The largest number of passengers is carried by EasyJet (1,564,611 passengers in 2008), closely followed by Ryanair (1,415,284). Air Berlin (752.259) is the distant third.
The New Terminal is the only terminal currently in service. Terminals 1 and 2 have been closed since the opening of the 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. 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.
Former 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.
Former 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.
Location of Alicante Airport
How to get to Alicante Airport by car
Alicante Airport is accessible via the A-7 “Autovia del Mediterraneo” highway (Autovia).The N-332 “trunk road” also goes to the airport. The exit to the airport is clearly indicated on each road.
Parking: Public and long term car parking available
Bus: Regular bus service from Alicante-Airport Line (C6). Alicante (line C6), Benidorm and Murcia
Airlines from Alicante Airport
Thomas Cook Airlines
Further travel and tourist information for Alicante Airport
Disabled: Alicante airport caters to wheelchairs, site impaired and hearing impaired travellers. Wheelchairs can be arranged with your carrier. The air company or travel agency should be contacted at least 48 hours before the flight out or return.
Alicante Airport Switchboard Tel: 966 919 000
Alicante flight information Tel: 966 919 100
Lost luggage: Air Europa Tel: 966 919 017
Lost luggage: Iberia Handling Tel: 902 341 342
Lost luggage: Ineuropa Handling Tel: 966 919 498
Lost luggage: Newco Airport Services Tel: 966 919 407