Alicante Airport is located near the city of Alicante, which is in southeast Spain close to the Mediterranean coast. The airport was originially named El Altet. La Rabassa aerodrome was the main airport in Alicante, but the airport needed to be replaced. After land for the new airport had been purchased, construction began in 1964. Alicante Airport opened on May 4, 1967. When it opened, it received national and international flights and cargo traffic.
The new airport began to receive many passengers who would have gone to a different airport, such as the one in Valencia. When Alicante Airport received close to a million passengers a year in 1970, the decision was made to build a new terminal. There were two phases to this building project. Phase one was completed in 1972 and the building was specifically made for international flights.
In 1974, the second phase was finished. In 1978, the airport received two million passengers for the year. In response to this, the passenger terminal and parking areas received expansions. The airport received another remodel in 1996 as preparations were made to receive up to nine million passengers a year. An office building was constructed at this time. In 2011, Alicante Airport opened the New Terminal Area. A new parking building, taxiway, boarding dock, terminal building and more were built to receive current passengers and future growth.
There is one runway at Alicante Airport. It is made out of asphalt and concrete. It is 9,842 feet long. The runway has been extended a couple of times. It was lengthened in 1978 and in 1980.
Alicante Airport Terminals
There are three terminals at Alicante Airport. The New Terminal, known to many as Terminal N, opened to the public on March 23, 2011. Terminal N is more than 5 times the size of the other two terminals, which are Terminals 1 and 2. It has 40 gates, which are divided into two areas. These areas are B Gates and C gates. Terminal 1 has 11 gates. Terminal 2 opened in January of 2007. It has six gates. Terminals 1 and 2 were temporarily closed while a connecting hallway between them and Terminal N.
The Alicante Airport does more business in international flights compared to national flights. Countries that have the most air traffic to and from Alicante are England, the Netherlands, and Germany. Cities in Spain that have the largest air traffic to and from Alicante are Madrid, Palma De Mallorca, and Barcelona.
There are plenty of parking options at the airport in Alicante. For folks who are looking for a place where they can park their vehicle for an extended period of time, the area to go is the Long-Stay Car Park P5. In addition to this, it is just a few minutes from the terminal and parking is convenient. For people who are looking to drop off or pick up friends or loved ones at the airport, General Car Park P1 is the right place to go. The price to park a vehicle for a brief amount of time is decent and this parking area is very close to the terminal.
The airport has a special parking area for vehicles that are too high for the other parking areas. This parking area is Extra High Car Park P3. It is close to the airport and people can park there with confidence and do not have to worry about their vehicles hitting the top of the ceiling or a hanging sign. First Class Car Park is the closest place to park at the airport and offers security and peace of mind.