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Alicante–Elche Airport
Aeropuerto de Alicante-Elche
Alicante air logo.png
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator ENAIRE
Serves Alicante, Elche, Benidorm, Murcia and Albacete
Location Elche (Alicante)
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 43 m / 141 ft
Coordinates 38°16′56″N 00°33′29″W / 38.28222°N 0.55806°W / 38.28222; -0.55806Coordinates: 38°16′56″N 00°33′29″W / 38.28222°N 0.55806°W / 38.28222; -0.55806
ALC is located in Spain
Location within Spain
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 3,000 9,842 Asphalt / Concrete
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 12,344,945
Passenger change 15–16 Increase16.7%
Aircraft Movements 87,113
Movements change 15–16 Increase17.6%
Sources: Passenger Traffic, AENA;[1] Spanish AIP, AENA[2][3]
Control Tower - Alicante Airport

Alicante–Elche Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto de Alicante-Elche, (IATA: ALCICAO: LEAL), originally named El Altet, is the fifth busiest airport in Spain based on passenger numbers, and the main airport serving the Valencian Community and the Region of Murcia.

The airport is located in the municipality of Elche, about 10 km (6.2 mi) east of this city and about 9 km (5.6 mi) southwest of Alicante. Its influence area spans other cities in the Valencia province −the city of Valencia is located about 160 km (99 mi) north of the airport− and in the Region of Murcia −the airport is located about 70 km (43 mi) north of Murcia.

The airport is a base for Air Nostrum, Evelop Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair and Vueling. Passenger traffic has increased significantly in the last decade; in particular, in 2015 it beat its yearly record, handling 10,574,484 passengers.[4] Then, in 2016 it set a new, consecutive, record with almost 12,350,000 passengers,[5] making it one of the 50 busiest in Europe.

Up to eighty percent of all passenger flights are international. The largest numbers of passengers arrive from the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Belgium and Sweden.[5] Popular domestic destinations are Madrid, Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona.


Alicante Airport in 1972

El Altet airport 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.[6] Iberia established a regular connections Alicante–Madrid and Alicante–Barcelona in November 1969.[7] In early 1970s passengers' traffic reached 1 million, which prompted a construction of a new passenger terminal. In 1980 the runway was extended to three kilometres.[6]

The next renovation took place during the 1990s.[7] A new office building together with operation and business centres were constructed. For the first time, five air bridges were installed to facilitate boarding.[7]

In 2011, the new terminal was opened at the airport increasing the annual airport capacity to 20 million passengers per year.[8] All flights arrive and depart from this new terminal. Terminals 1 and 2, which were in service before the opening of the new terminal, are currently closed. Works however will not be completed until 2014, as plans are to construct a connecting hallway between the new terminal and terminals 1 and 2 that will allow to exploit the passenger space of all terminals.[9]

Historically, up until 2003, Iberia was the leading airline at the airport.[10] With the decline of conventional airlines, in 2004 low-cost EasyJet took the lead.[10] In 2007, Ryanair, the largest European low-cost airline established a base in Alicante.[11] It has become the leading carrier at the airport in 2009, and by 2011 it has increased its presence further with eleven aircraft based, 62 routes, and more than 3 million passengers. However, from the end of October 2011, Ryanair has cut 31 routes due to disagreement with AENA on the usage of air bridges at the new terminal (before, they would always unload on the tarmac because it is cheaper but the owners of the airport want all planes to use the air bridges in the new building and not unload on the tarmac).[12]

The airport is located within Elche's comarca and so there had been a historical petition from Elche to include the city's name in the official name of the airport. This was implemented in July 2013 when the name of the airport was officially changed from "Alicante Airport" to "Alicante–Elche Airport"[13] with the IATA airport code remaining unchanged, ALC.

In 2015, the number of passengers increased by 5,1% to 10,574,484. The passenger traffic has increased in every year since 2000, with the exception of 2009 and 2012. By 2015 the largest number of passengers was carried by Ryanair (2,992,984), followed by EasyJet (1,285,221) and Vueling (1,093,494). Norwegian Air Shuttle (893,319) is the "distant" four.[1][14]

On 23 July 2016 the airport registered its busiest day to date, hadling 347 flights -with an average of one flight every 3 minutes- and about 58,000 passengers in a single day.[15]


Interior of the new terminal

The New Terminal is the only terminal currently in service. Terminals 1 and 2 have been closed since the opening of the new terminal.

New Terminal[edit]

The new terminal (denoted as Terminal N) was officially opened on 23 March 2011. All flight operations at the airport were moved to this terminal on the following day. The first flight that used the terminal was a Ryanair flight to Memmingen. The terminal has an area of 333,500 m2, which is more than six times the size of terminals 1 and 2 together. It includes 96 check-in desks, 40 gates, including 15 with airbridges, and 16 baggage reclaim carousels.[16] The terminal is split into two areas, the processor where the C Gates are held, and the dock where the majority of B Gates are located. Flights within the Schengen Area use both areas of the terminal while flights to non-Schengen destinations only use the dock. This terminal was constructed to the east of Terminal 1.

Former Terminal 1[edit]

Terminal 1 (styled as T1) had 38 check-in desks numbered 1–38, along with one for special baggage which is desk number 39. It included 11 gates of which five have airbridges, which are the odd numbered gates, and nine baggage reclaim carousels. It was closed after the opening of the new terminal on 24 March 2011. There are plans to reopen Terminal 1 following the construction of a connecting hallway with the new terminal.[9]

Former Terminal 2[edit]

Terminal 2 (styled as T2) had 14 check-in desks numbered 51–64, 6 gates (none with airbridges), and two baggage reclaim carousels. This terminal is adjacent to Terminal 1. The terminal was opened in January 2007. Prior to the opening of the new terminal whilst it was still active it was the smaller of the two terminals. Once the new terminal had opened on 24 March 2011, it was closed together with Terminal 1. Terminal 2 is due to reopen but only to private flights, air ambulances and small charter planes. No date for this has currently been set.[9]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo[17][18]
Aer Lingus Dublin
Seasonal: Belfast-City, Cork
Air Algérie Algiers, Oran
Air Europa Asturias, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife-North
Seasonal: Barcelona, Bilbao, Ibiza, Menorca, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Seville
Atlantic Airways Seasonal charter: Vágar[19]
Belavia Seasonal: Minsk
Blue Air Liverpool
British Airways London–Gatwick
British Airways
operated by BA Cityflyer
Seasonal: Manchester
Seasonal charter: Edinburgh, Glasgow
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Bulgaria Air Seasonal: Sofia
Corendon Dutch Airlines Amsterdam
Danish Air Transport Kristiansand
easyJet Amsterdam, Belfast–International, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, London–Southend, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal: Hamburg
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
Eurowings Düsseldorf, Munich (begins 4 November 2017), Stuttgart (begins 27 March 2018)
operated by Eurowings Europe
Evelop Airlines Seasonal: Asturias, Bilbao, Girona, Gran Canaria, Málaga, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Tenerife–North, Tenerife–South, Valladolid, Vigo
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Flybe Doncaster/Sheffield, Exeter, Norwich, Southampton
operated by Air Nostrum
Bilbao, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife–North
Seasonal: Carcassonne, León, Menorca, Vigo Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal: Belfast–International
operated by BA CityFlyer
Seasonal charter: Humberside
KLM Amsterdam
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Luxair Luxembourg
Monarch Airlines Birmingham, Leeds/Bradford, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Manchester
Neos Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Niki Düsseldorf
Norwegian Air Shuttle
operated by Norwegian Air International
Ålesund, Bergen, Billund, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Helsinki, London–Gatwick, Munich, Oslo, Reykjavik-Keflavik, Sandefjord, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda, Trondheim, Tenerife–North (begins 29 October 2017)
Seasonal: Aalborg, Hannover, Harstad/Narvik, Karlstad, Manchester, Molde, Tromsø
Primera Air Seasonal: Billund, Copenhagen, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Stockholm–Arlanda
Ryanair Aberdeen, Beauvais, Belfast–International, Bergamo, Berlin–Schönefeld, Billund, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bremen, Bristol, Brussels, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Gothenburg, Hahn, Hamburg, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Kaunas, Kraków, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, London–Gatwick, London–Stansted, Maastricht/Aachen, Manchester, Memmingen, Milan–Malpensa (begins 30 October 2017),[20] Newcastle upon Tyne, Newquay, Poznań, Prestwick, Rome–Ciampino, Rome–Fiumicino, Santiago de Compostela, Sandefjord/Torp, Stockholm–Skavsta, Warsaw–Modlin, Weeze
Seasonal: Bologna, Cork, Gdańsk, Haugesund, Kerry, Knock, Nuremberg, Shannon, Västerås, Växjö, Wrocław
S7 Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo
Scandinavian Airlines Oslo, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda
Seasonal: Bergen, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Kristiansand, Trondheim
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Zürich[21]
TAP Portugal
operated by TAP Express
TAROM Seasonal: Bucharest
Thomas Cook Airlines Manchester[22]
Seasonal: Glasgow, London-Stansted
Thomson Airways Birmingham, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London–Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal: Bristol
TUI fly Belgium Antwerp, Brussels, Charleroi, Liège, Ostend/Bruges
TUI fly Netherlands Charter: Amsterdam
Transavia Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Munich (ends 26 October 2017), Rotterdam
Travel Service Seasonal charter: Bratislava, Katowice, Warsaw–Chopin, Wrocław
Ukraine International Airlines Ivano-Frankivsk
Charter: Kiev–Boryspil[23]
Volotea Asturias
Seasonal: Bordeaux, Marseille, Nantes, Toulouse, Venice
Vueling Algiers, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bilbao, Birmingham, Brussels, Cardiff, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Ibiza, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Nantes, Oran, Palma de Mallorca, Paris–Orly, Rome–Fiumicino, Santiago de Compostela, St Petersburg, Tenerife–North, Tenerife-South, Zürich
Seasonal: Menorca, Santander
Windrose Airlines Seasonal: Kiev-Boryspil[24]
Wizz Air Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, Sofia
Seasonal: Warsaw–Chopin
WOW air Seasonal: Reykjavík–Keflavík


Airlines Destinations
DHL Aviation Tangier, Vitoria


Passengers and movements[edit]

Alicante Airport Passenger Totals 2000–2016 (millions)
Updated: 11 January 2017.[1]
Passengers Aircraft movements Cargo (tonnes)
2000 6,038,266 56,427 7,745
2001 6,542,121 56,550 7,923
2002 7,010,322 59,268 6,548
2003 8,195,454 66,571 5,848
2004 8,571,144 71,387 6,036
2005 8,795,705 76,109 5,193
2006 8,893,720 76,813 4,931
2007 9,120,631 79,756 4,533
2008 9,578,304 81,097 5,982
2009 9,139,607 74,281 3,199
2010 9,382,935 74,474 3,112
2011 9,913,764 75,572 3,011
2012 8,855,764 62,468 2,527
2013 9,638,835 68,305 2,589
2014 10,066,067 71,571 2,637
2015 10,575,288 74,086 3,587
2016 12,344,945 87,113 5,461
2017* 9,448,376 65,462 4,088
Source: Aena Statistics[1]

Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest Routes from Alicante–Elche Airport, January–December 2016
Rank Country Passengers Top Carriers
1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London–Gatwick, United Kingdom 831,403 British Airways, easyJet, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Monarch, Ryanair, Thomson Airways
2 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Manchester, United Kingdom 815,873 easyJet, Jet2, Monarch, Ryanair, Thomson Airways
3 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Amsterdam, Netherlands 394,803 KLM, Vueling, Corendon, Transavia, TUI Airlines Netherlands
4 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg East Midlands, United Kingdom 394,008 Jet2, Monarch, Ryanair, Thomson Airways
5 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Birmingham, United Kingdom 367,145 Monarch, Ryanair, Thomson Airways, Vueling
6 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Newcastle, United Kingdom 343,366 easyJet, Jet2, Ryanair, Thomson Airways
7 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona, Spain 336,349 Vueling
8 Flag of Norway.svg Oslo, Norway 325,862 Norwegian Air Shuttle, SAS
9 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Leeds, United Kingdom 314,598 Jet2, Monarch, Ryanair
10 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bristol, United Kingdom 313,691 easyJet, Ryanair, Thomson Airways
11 Flag of Belgium.svg Brussels, Belgium 305,044 Brussels Airlines, Jetairfly, Ryanair, Vueling
12 Flag of Spain.svg Madrid, Spain 282,854 Air Europa, Air Nostrum
13 Flag of Denmark.svg Copenhagen, Denmark 239,352 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Primera Air, Ryanair, SAS
14 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Luton, United Kingdom 239,324 easyJet, Monarch
15 Flag of Ireland.svg Dublin, Ireland 235,535 Aer Lingus, Ryanair
16 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London–Stansted, United Kingdom 234,747 Ryanair

Busiest countries served[edit]

Busiest Countries from Alicante–Elche Airport, January–December 2016
Rank Countries Passengers Top Carriers
1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom 5,216,696 British Airways, EasyJet, Flybe, Jet2, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Monarch, Ryanair, Thomas Cook, Thomson Airways, Vueling
2 Flag of Spain.svg Spain 1,311,252 Air Europa, Air Nostrum, Evelop, Ryanair, Vueling
3 Flag of Germany.svg Germany 877,137 Air Berlin, easyJet, Eurowings, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair, Transavia
4 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 770,794 KLM, Ryanair, Vueling, Transavia, Tui Netherlands
5 Flag of Norway.svg Norway 754,408 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair, SAS
6 Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium 578,873 Brussels Airlines, Jetairfly, Ryanair, Vueling
7 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden 464,143 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Primera Air, Ryanair, SAS
8 Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland 321,467 Aer Lingus, Ryanair
9 Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark 298,846 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Primera Air, Ryanair, SAS
10 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland 277,485 SWISS, Vueling, easyJet
11 Flag of France.svg France 260,629 Ryanair, Volotea, Vueling
12 Flag of Italy.svg Italy 246,269 easyJet, Ryanair, Volotea, Vueling
13 Flag of Algeria.svg Algeria 227,801 Air Algérie, Vueling
14 Flag of Russia.svg Russia 222,098 Aeroflot, S7 Airlines, Vueling
15 Flag of Poland.svg Poland 184,774 Ryanair, Travel Service, Wizzair
16 Flag of Finland.svg Finland 86,885 Finnair, Norwegian Air Shuttle

Busiest airlines[edit]

Top 16 Airlines in Alicante–Elche Airport during 2016
Rank Airline Passengers
1 Ryanair (base) 2,992,984Increase
2 easyJet & easyJet Switzerland 1,483,707 Increase
3 Vueling (base) 1,093,494 Increase
4 Norwegian Air Shuttle & Norwegian Air International (base) 893,319 Increase
5 Monarch 648,141 Decrease
6 Jet2 (base) 634,163 Decrease
7 Transavia 416,063 Increase
8 Air Berlin 384,478 Decrease
9 Thomson 310,656 Increase
10 Air Nostrum (base) 276,849 Increase
11 TUIfly Belgium 255,931 Increase
12 SAS 234,576 Increase
13 Air Europa 207,842 Increase
14 Air Algérie 161,990 Increase
15 British Airways 128,212 Decrease
16 S7 Airlines 107,383 Increase

Ground transport[edit]

Alicante airport is accessible by buses, taxis, and private cars on automobile road N-338. In the future, it is envisaged that it will be reached by trains and trams. A space in the basement of the new terminal is reserved for construction of stations for both modes. New car parking was opened in 2011 together with the new terminal. It employs a modern sensor system with displays.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Estadsticas - Aeropuertos Espaoles y Navegacin Area -". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Spanish AIP (AENA)
  3. ^[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ INFORMACION (29 December 2014). "El aeropuerto de Alicante-Elche prevé cerrar el año con una cifra de 10.050.000 pasajeros". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Alicante Plaza (11 January 2017). "El Altet cierra 2016 con 12.344.945, su récord histórico" (in Spanish). Alicante Plaza. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Alicante Airport
  7. ^ a b c "History - Alicante-Elche Airport - Aena". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  8. ^ Alicante Airport New Terminal
  9. ^ a b c Old Alicante Airport Terminals to Reopen Archived 9 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine. by Mark Nolan, The Leader Newspaper, 2011-12-09
  10. ^ a b New terminal should help Alicante pass 10 million mark this summer; Ryanair now accounts for one-third of traffic, Airport Analysis, 23 March 2011
  11. ^ Ryanair announces 21st base in Alicante, Spain Archived 12 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine. Ryanair News Release, 09.08.07
  12. ^ Ryanair suprime 31 rutas en el aeropuerto de El Altet Las Provincias, 26.10.11
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ "Introduction - Alicante-Elche Airport - Aena". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  15. ^ Paco Escribano (25 July 2016). "Jornada histórica en el aeropuerto de Alicante-Elche con un vuelo cada 3 minutos" (in Spanish). INFORMACIÓN. Retrieved 2016-07-25. 
  16. ^ Alicante Airport New Terminal, AENA Archived 20 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. The airport in figures.
  17. ^ "Aeroflot announces a new route: Alicante-Elche - Moscow Sheremetyevo" (Press release). Foroblog of Alicante-Elche Airport. 25 February 2016. 
  18. ^
  19. ^ "Atlantic Airways announces a new charter route: Alicante-Elche - Vágar" (Press release). Foroblog of Alicante-Elche Airport. 6 February 2016. 
  20. ^
  21. ^ "SWISS Adds Zurich - Alicante Route in S16". 13 November 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  22. ^
  23. ^ "UIA extends ALC-KBP in W15" (Press release). 4 September 2015. 
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External links[edit]

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