Sometimes even our best-laid plans come unstuck. Especially at airports, where we have limited control over airline, weather and other general operational delays.
Spain’s airports – including Alicante-Elche – are considered among the most efficient and passenger-friendly in Europe. As with any flights, however (anywhere in the world), it is always advisable to be prepared for the unexpected.
Here are some tips for ensuring your stay at Alicante-Elche Airport is stress-free and comfortable, whether you are just arriving and passing through briefly (with no hold-ups) or find yourself with a couple of extra hours to fill in after the flight home is rescheduled.
Parking facilities at Alicante-Elche Airport provide express access for passengers being dropped off by a family member or friend, and a range of short and long-stay options if you are returning to the airport after a few days (or longer) and want the convenience of having your car available for the trip home or back to the hotel.
For those wanting an even more fast-track service, the first-class facility is located on the fourth floor of the general car park, with independent access to and from the terminal.
If you or the passenger you are assisting has a disability or mobility problem, the airport is fully compliant with EU regulations in this respect. Make sure you notify your airline company, tour operator or travel agent at least 48 hours before travelling or when purchasing your ticket.
Once safely through the control area, Alicante-Elche Airport has a range of coffee shops, bars and restaurants for relaxing while you wait for your flight. If there is a delay and you are starting to feel peckish, you can enjoy anything from tapas and baguettes to a more substantial meal of freshly-prepared regional or international cuisine.
For a truly pampered stay, the Sala Ifach lounge provides the customary VIP services of drinks and refreshments, reading material, a work area and exclusive Wi-Fi connection.
Then, if your boarding gate is still not appearing on the screen, a little retail therapy (for souvenirs or personal travel items) at the airport’s diverse range of shops will help pass the time.
If travelling into Alicante-Elche Airport, once through the airside terminal, the luggage reclaim area is on the ground floor.
As for transport… seven car hire companies have desks in the arrivals area on the same ground floor: Avis, Centauro, Europcar, Goldcar, Hertz, RecordGo and Sixt.
Alternatively, there are local and inter-urban bus services departing from level two opposite the departures area.
Or, if you prefer the convenience of a taxi, the ranks are located outside the arrivals area. The official airport taxi service is assigned to Radio Taxi Elche, identified by a green stripe running the length of the vehicle and the Elche coat of arms on the door.