Alicante Airport

Alicante International Airport (Alicante-Elche Airport) is one of the largest air harbors in Spain. Thanks to the well-developed tourism sector, this airport increases its main performance indicators from year to year, in particular, in 2016 the air harbor served more than 12.3 million passengers.


The construction of the Alicante airport began in the early 50s of the last century, moreover. the basis was the military base of Rabas, which made it possible to expedite the completion of work as quickly as possible, in connection with which, already in 1951, the air harbor began to take its first flights.

Initially, the activity of the Alicante airport was very limited, since the airport served only domestic flights, however, if in 1951 the volume of passengers served amounted to 3171 people, then by 1958, this figure increased 2.5 times, reaching 8552 people.

In 1967, Alicante airport underwent a number of changes, in particular, developed infrastructure appeared on its territory, the runway was improved in order to provide the ability to receive large aircraft, and the airport itself was designed to receive 1 million passengers a year.

For a relatively short period, the volume of passengers served at Alicante Airport was increased to 1 million 250 thousand passengers a year, and therefore, the construction of a new terminal began in 1972, and the length of the runway was increased to 3 thousand meters.

In 1988, Alicante Airport set a new record for the volume of passengers served, reaching 3 million people, moreover, both national carriers and foreign airlines actively operated their flights here.

Due to the growing interest among tourists, already in 1996, the passenger turnover of Alicante International Airport reached 9 million people, in connection with which the air harbor again needed to be improved, and after some time, there were already 5 telescopic ramps at the airport, An office building was built for airline offices.

In the early 2000s, the volume of passengers served began to fall, which was associated with a number of financial problems for airlines, however, after optimizing the activities of the airport, the air harbor was able to achieve an increase in the volume of passengers served to 12.3 million people.

Alicante-Elche International Airport has at its disposal one asphalt runway with a length of 3000 meters and a width of 45 meters, which allows you to receive aircraft of classes 2-4, as well as a helicopter, due to the presence of helipads.


Alicante International Airport has a well-developed infrastructure, which is primarily due to the large number of tourists served annually. On the territory of the air harbor there are:

  • Banks, ATMs, payment terminals;
  • Cafes, bars, and restaurants;
  • Souvenir shops;
  • Retail and duty-free shops;
  • Pharmacy;
  • Post office;
  • Luggage storage;
  • Place of baggage packing;
  • Room of mother and child;
  • Car rental
  • Representative offices of airlines and ticket offices;
  • Car parking (2000 places);
  • The taxi rank and public transport;
  • VIP room;
  • Conference Hall, etc.

There is no hotel on the territory of Alicante International Airport, however, due to the proximity of the air harbor to the city, there are no problems with finding and choosing places of temporary stay.

You can get to the Alicante airport both by using taxi services and by public transport, however, in the future, the possibility of laying a subway and a railway line to the airport is being considered.

Basic data

  • Airport Country: Spain
  • The main airport of the province of Alicante.
  • Year established Airport: 1967.
  • GMT time zone (summer / winter): + 2 / + 1.
  • Latitude geographic 38.28, longitude geographic -0.56.
  • The geographical location of the airport: 9 kilometers in the direction of the south-west of the city of Alicante.
  • The number of airport terminals: 2.
Graduated from Embry-Riddle Aviation University with a master's degree in aviation science. He began his career as an aviation researcher in local periodicals. Has a pilot license. Now are the author and developer of the Plane Worlds.