Alicante International Airport (ALC) in Spain information
Alicante International Airport. Airport code: ALC
Located just 9km southwest of Alicante and 11km from Elche (which serves as the city center of the Mediterranean Municipality)
serves as the main airport for the Region of Murcia and the Province of Alicante.
Being one of the largest airports in Spain, itís no wonder that Alicante Airport should have a rich history as well. It was built in the El Altet area and opened on 4th May 1967. This is the area that gave the airport its original name i.e. El Altet which was later to be changed to Alicante airport. The Convair Metropolitan was the first commercial flight to land in the airport thus marking the beginning of the airportís popularity.
Within a very short time span Alicante Airport managed to hit the over a million traffic passengers a year mark. In order to accommodate more passengers the airport deemed it necessary to build another passenger terminal in 1970. The building of the second terminal provided the much needed room for growth and expansion. After completion of the terminal the runway was also extended later.
Over the last decade both domestic and international passenger traffic has increased significantly. The most frequent domestic destinations are Madrid and Barcelona and most of the international passenger traffic comes from Germany, United Kingdom and Netherlands.
The construction of a third terminal at the airport is currently underway in order to cater for the ever increasing passenger traffic. In 2009 alone, the airport managed to handle more than 9 million passengers which made it rank number six in terms of the busiest airport by passenger number in Spain. The completion of the new terminal will not only help Alicante airport cater for the growing needs of its passengers but also the local residents as well. The terminal will have more than 90 check-in desks and this will translate into more job opportunities for the local residents. The expected completion date of the new terminal is 2011.
Alicante Airport Contact
Tel: +34 (0) 96 691 9000
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