Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport
The Malaga Costa del Sol Airport is the main international airport in Spain for tourism to the Costa del Sol. It is located eight kilometres southwest of Malaga. It is the oldest Spanish airport that is still in this original location. It opened in 1919, and in 1937, it became a military base. In 1946, it became a civil airport. The airport has three terminals. Terminal Two opened in 1991 and contained most of the services of the airport except for check-in. In 2010, Terminal 3 was opened by King Juan Carlos. Terminal 3 has a railway station for trains from the airport to Malaga.
After the opening of Terminal 3, Terminal 2 was renovated. Terminal 3 has 86 check-in counters, 20 boarding gates and 12 baggage reclaim carousels. The Malaga Costa del Sol Airport has the largest food court in Europe. There are nine security points after which are the shopping plaza, restaurants, and the boarding docks. The ATMs, currency exchange, Wifi, pharmacy, telephone booths, scales, vending machines, and Internet are in the shopping area. This airport boasts the first National Geographic store in any airport in the world.
The general aviation terminal serves private jets and charters. The cargo terminal was opened in 1916 and has 16 docking bays for trucks as well as a vault for valuable cargo, four cold-storage rooms and a place for radioactive and other hazardous material.
Parking at Malaga Airport
The airport has four car parks. Short-term parking passengers use car parks one and two and are charged by the minute. Car parks 3 and 4 are further from the terminals and have a regular minibus service to take passengers to the airport. There is no fee for parking in these car parks. Long-term parking is just outside the airport. There are 11 car hire company desks inside the airport.
The airport has excellent service for disabled passengers. These passengers should inform their airline that they need special assistance at least 48 hours before the departure time. Passengers who need assistance will be given a meeting time and place. If no time is given, the passengers should be at the designated place two hours before the scheduled departure time. There are seven meeting points both inside and outside the terminal.
The VIP lounge is past security control towards Area D. On the right side, there are some stairs to the lounge. There is a fee for entering the VIP lounge unless the passenger has a Priority Pass. The lounge has comfortable seating, snacks, and drinks included in the price of entry. There are two TV areas, six PCs with Internet access that can be used for free. For Wifi access, passengers need to buy Movistar WIFI Access. This can be paid for online for one hour, a day, or 30 days.
There are no business centres in the airport, but the VIP lounge has telephones, faxes, and email services. The VIP Lounge Costa del Sol in Terminal 2 can be rented for conferences or meetings.
The lost property counters are on the ground level and first floor of Terminal 1. Lost luggage enquiries should be made to the specific airline. There are information counters located throughout the terminal to help passengers find facilities in the airport. There are also airport authority booths on the ground floor of Terminal 1 and the first and second levels on Terminal 2.
The airport has a health centre and pharmacy. The pharmacy is in the public zone on the first floor and the Medical Centre is in Terminal 3 on the ground floor. There is a multi-denominational Oratorio in Terminal 3 on the ground floor, and Mass is held every Sunday. There are no lockers in the airport for luggage.