Alicante Airport Information - ALC

Alicante International Airport

Formerly known as El Altet, Alicante opened in Elche on the Costa Blanca in 1967. In recent years it has become an important centre for European low cost airlines and has had to expand considerably to cope with demand. Its new terminal (Terminal N) opened in 2011, greatly increasing Alicante Airport’s flight capacity.

Although the airport is located within the Spanish Autonomous Community of Valencia, just 9km southwest of Alicante centre, it is also a popular choice for visitors to the nearby Murcia region. Ideally positioned close to the A7 motorway, the airport can be easily accessed by bus, taxi or private car.

In common with a large number of airports in Spain, Alicante is operated by Aena Aeropuertos S.A. and is a popular destination for those travelling from the UK, Germany and Holland.

Around 10 million passengers choose to pass through Alicante each year making it one of Spain’s busiest airports. Low cost airlines Ryanair and Easyjet have the greatest number of flights arriving and departing from the airport, but there are more than 30 additional airlines servicing flights to and from Alicante including Jet2, Iberia (Air Nostrum) and Air Berlin.

As of September 2012, BmiBaby no longer fly into Alicante as the company has now ceased all operations.

In a dispute with the airport operators, AENA, over the use of foot bridges, Ryanair have reduced the number of flights into Alicante on the basis that forcing them to use the foot bridges costs the airline several million every year.

Despite the problems with Ryanair, Alicante continues to be an important and busy airport servicing the region.

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In this website we have put together an ever-growing resource of information regarding all aspects of the airport. You can find out where to eat, where to shop, what to see in Alicante, book your car hire in Alicante or book a place for your car in a long term car park.

If you have any questions about anything to do with the airport then make sure to leave a comment on a relevant page and we'll do our best to answer your question.

Happy flying!

Bandera de España Aeropuerto de Alicante.

Photo credit: Keith Williamson