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Alicante Airport
Aeropuerto de Alicante
Torre Control Alicante.jpeg
Control tower, Alicante Airport
Airport type Public
Operator Aena
Serves Alicante, Spain
Location El Altet, 9 km (5.6 mi) southwest of Alicante
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 43 m / 141 ft
Coordinates 38°16′56″N 000°33′29″W / 38.28222°N 0.55806°W / 38.28222; -0.55806 (Alicante Airport)Coordinates: 38°16′56″N 000°33′29″W / 38.28222°N 0.55806°W / 38.28222; -0.55806 (Alicante Airport)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 3,000 9,842 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Passengers 9,139,607
Passenger growth 08-09 4.6%
Source: Passenger Traffic, AENA[2]

Alicante Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de Alicante), (IATA: ALCICAO: LEAL), originally named El Altet, is the sixth busiest airport in Spain, and the main airport for the Province of Alicante and the Region of Murcia. It is located within the municipality of Elche, its facilities lying just 9 km (5.6 mi) southwest[3] of Alicante. It is the busiest airport in the Valencian Community.



El Altet 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.[4] 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 kilometres.[4]

In 2007, Ryanair, the largest European low cost airline established a base at the airport.[1]. From March 30 2010, Ryanair will have nine aircraft based and will serve 59 routes from Alicante.

In 2009, the airport handled 9,139,607 passengers, making it the sixth busiest airport by passenger numbers in Spain,[2] and one of the 50 busiest in Europe. The largest number of passengers is carried by Ryanair (2,345,687 passengers in 2009), followed by EasyJet (1,461,647). Air Berlin (691,663) is the distant third.[5]

Terminals, airlines and destinations

Terminal 1
Terminal 2

There are two terminals at the airport, located one adjacent to the other. A new terminal is under construction and is due to be finished by the end of 2010. It will increase the annual airport capacity from 12 to 20 million passengers.[6] A construction of an AVE high-speed railway terminal within the airport is under consideration.[7]

Note that some airline occasionally use terminals other than the one listed in the below table.


Scheduled flights

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aer Lingus Belfast-International [begins 30 March; seasonal][8], Cork [seasonal], Dublin 1
Air Algérie Oran 1
Air Berlin Berlin-Tegel, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Nuremberg [seasonal], Paderborn/Lippstadt [seasonal], Palma de Mallorca, Stuttgart [seasonal], Zürich [seasonal] 1
Air Europa Menorca [seasonal], Palma de Mallorca, Paris-Orly, Tenerife-South 1
Air Finland Helsinki [seasonal] 1
Bmibaby Birmingham, Cardiff, East Midlands 1
Bulgaria Air Sofia [seasonal] 1
Cimber Sterling Copenhagen [seasonal] 1
City Airline Gothenburg-Landvetter [begins 30 March][9] 1
EasyJet Belfast-International, Bristol, Edinburgh [seasonal], Glasgow-International, Liverpool, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne 1, 2
EasyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva 1, 2
Flybe Exeter, Southampton 1
Iberia Madrid 1
Iberia regional operated by Air Nostrum Asturias, Bilbao, Ibiza, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Minorca [seasonal] Seville, Tenerife-North [seasonal] 1
Iceland Express Reykjavik-Keflavik [seasonal] 1 Blackpool, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester [seasonal] 1
Jetairfly Brussels, Liège, Ostend 1
Monarch Airlines Birmingham, London-Gatwick, London-Luton [seasonal], Manchester 1
Norwegian Air Shuttle Bergen, Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen, Oslo-Rygge, Stavanger, Stockholm-Arlanda, Trondheim, Warsaw 1
Ryanair Aarhus [seasonal], Altenburg [begins 31 March][10], Billund, Birmingham, Bologna [seasonal], Bournemouth, Bratislava, Bremen, Bristol, Brussels South-Charleroi, Cork [begins 1 June; seasonal][11], Derry [seasonal], Doncaster Sheffield [seasonal], Dublin, Durham Tees Valley [seasonal], East Midlands, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Fez, Friederichshafen [ends 27 March], Gdańsk, Glasgow-Prestwick, Gothenburg-City, Hahn, Haugesund, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Kerry [seasonal], Knock [seasonal], Krakow [begins 30 March][12], Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted, Lübeck [seasonal], Maastricht/Aachen, Madrid, Marrakech, Memmingen, Milan-Orio al Serio, Newquay [seasonal], Norrköping [begins 5 May][13], Oslo-Rygge, Oslo-Torp, Palma de Mallorca [seasonal], Paris-Beauvais, Pisa, Poznań [begins 3 May][14], Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Shannon [ends 25 March], Stockholm-Skavsta, Stockholm-Vasteras [begins 2 April][15], Valladolid, Vaxjö [begins 1 April][16], Venice-Treviso, Weeze, Wroclaw, Zaragoza 1, 2
Scandinavian Airlines Bergen, Kristiansand [seasonal], Oslo-Gardermoen, Stavanger, Trondheim 1
Spanair Algiers [begins 31 March][17], Barcelona, Lanzarote [seasonal], Madrid, Oran, Tenerife-South [seasonal] 1
S7 Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo [begins 1 May; seasonal][18] 1 Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam 1
VIM Airlines Moscow Domodedovo [seasonal] 1
Vueling Airlines Barcelona, Ibiza [seasonal], Paris-Charles de Gaulle 1

Charter flights

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Air Europa Asturias, Bilbao, Santiago de Compostela 1
Iberworld Asturias, Bilbao, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Tenerife-South, Valladolid 1
Scandinavian Airlines Oslo-Gardermoen 1
Swiftair Bilbao, Ibiza, Santander, Vitoria 1
Thomas Cook Airlines Birmingham, East Midlands [seasonal], Glasgow-International, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne 1
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Brussels 1
Thomsonfly Belfast-International [seasonal], Birmingham, Bristol [seasonal], Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, Durham Tees Valley, East Midlands, Glasgow-International, Liverpool [ends 27 April], London-Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne 1

Cargo flights

Airlines Destinations Terminal
DHL Vitoria Cargo


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