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Alicante Airport ( ), , originally named El Altet, is the main airport for the province of Alicantemarker and the region of Murciamarker in Spainmarker. It is located within the municipality of Elchemarker, its facilities lying just southwest of Alicantemarker. 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. 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.

In 2007, Ryanair, the largest European low cost airline established a base at the airport.

In 2008, the 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.

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 in 2009. A construction of an AVE high-speed railway terminal within the airport is under consideration.

Airlines and destinations

Terminal 1

Terminal 1
Terminal 2


Terminal 2

References

  1. Alicante Airport airports-worldwide.com
  2. Ryanair announces 21st base in Alicante, Spain News Release, 09.08.07
  3. Alicante international airport broadens its horizons TM Real Estate Group


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