Alicante Airport (airport code ALC) is also called El Altet. Now it is one of the biggest airports in Spain.
A busy airport.
Presently Alicante airport is in the top 50 of Europe busiest airports.
More than 80 % of the passenger flights are international.
In the past , , Alicante Airport handled 10.000.000 passengers.
Now , Alicante Airport it is classified as the second busiest of the group of airports in Europe, with between 10 and 25 millions passengers per year.
Only Cologne Bonn grew more over this period. Malaga airport in Spain and Palma de Mallorca followed.
In the present, security concerns means that part of the leisure demand to external markets will continue to shift towards the EU destinations and in sum their airports.
More specifically the North African destinations have suffered from the continuing instability. As a result the holiday takers choose Spain and the Costa Blanca.
Furthermore, the airport has recently been improved by a new terminal that replaced the old one.
Location Alicante Airport
In the first place, the airport of Alicante is 10 km southwest of Alicante city.
In addition, the airport is the gate way to Costa Blanca, Costa Azahar and Costa Almeria.
Besides, there are a great number of international passenger flights from all over Europe.
Most of the flights are tourism and come from West and North Europe.
But the airport is also attractive for national flights. For instance, the flights to Madrid, to Barcelona and to Palma the Mallorca are popular destinations.
Of course Alicante airport handled a passengers flight . But also 2500 tonnes of cargo a year.
At the present time, Alicante airport has three terminals. The new terminal is in a L shape.
Now, the airport offers several floors.
Below there are bars, shops and restaurants. Also a pharmacy, post office, car park and tourist information.
Beside this there are also duty-free shops which offer an large selection of items. Like there are : music and electronics, library , fashion. But also wines, watches or perfumes.
Airlines Flying into Alicante.
In the present Ryanair flies into Alicante from over 26 routes. Operating 166 flights a week.
Flying from Belgium to Alicante.
At the present , there are different options to fly into Alicante from Belgium.
First of all over 5 Cities have direct flying routes into Alicante.
In Particular, these cities are Ostend, Brussels, Charleroi , Luik and Antwerp.
Flying from Ostend (Oostende) to Spain El Altet.
Jetairfly offers flights 3 days a week. Jetair even increase the capacity in the summer.
Flying From Brussel to Alicante Elche AIrport.
Four flying companies are flying directly to the Airport.
In fact, this companies are Vueling, Ryanair , Jetairfly and Brussels Airline. Vueling is the low coast company of Iberia.
Next, Brussels Airlines flies 2 days a week to the Airport of Alicante. They uses an Airbus 319.
Getting to and from Alicante Airport.
In spite of that the Alicante airport is so import .The only way to get to the airport is by road.
We hope that in the next years they will be a train. But till now, there is no train.
At this moment the road to the airport is the N 338. This road connects the airport with the different motorways. The N 332 is the old highway from Cartagena to Valencia.
The N 340 leads to Murcia.
The largest motorway nearby the airport is the A 7 is the “Autopista del Mediterraneo” or the Mediterranean motorway.
Now you can get to Alicante city with a taxi. So a taxi takes you to center in about a 15 minutes and cost about 20 €.
Next, from the airport of Alicante, buses are leaving in several directions. Benidorm, Alicante ans indeed also , Torrevieja schedule.
In brief , the mayor international companies of car rental have offices in the airport. Like Avis, Europcar, Hertz and others.
In fact you can hire at the airport but you can also pre-book a car online.
But in the first place compare the different prices.
Check out our page on Car Rental
Alicante Airport Supermarket.
Presently a supermarket is open in Alicante-Elche airport.
So you can buy some quick groceries when you have an early or late night flight. Now, the supermarket is open since August 2015. It is in front of the car rental services. So, it is accessible by travelers and non travelers.
The size of the supermarket is around 80 square meters.
In fact the supermarket offer a little range of products. From food and drinks, to mobile phone and some basic medication.
Kiss and FLY Parking.
Recently a new car parking opened . Because it makes it able to drop off the passengers without the risk of a fee.
At the front you can park for free at the new parking for 15 minutes. Now in the new parking there are 80 parking spots. Even though after the 15 minutes the fee is immediately 1.90 euros.
Tip Fly parking
If yo stay over this free allowance you will be charged 12 cents from the first minute.
So for instance we did pay nearly 4 euro for a half hour.:-(.
So,the next time we parked the car in the short term park.
The charges are much more cheaper.
For instance for the same half hour we did pay 1, 30 euro.
So if you think you may longer than the 15 minutes go straight the short term car park.
Airport Parking Alicante Airport.
The airport offers several parking options. Indeed you have the choice between ” First class “car parking, “long-stay” parking or” general “parking.
In fact for long-term parking, garages in the area offer a cheaper option. Usually these garages offer a free shuttle service to the airport.
To conclude choose the parking or in Spanish “aparcamiento “, which suits you best and save time and/or money.
There is a option to park your car for two years for 400 € at the ParkandGo.
There are more than over 1000 outdoor spaces and more than hundred covered parking places.
Minibuses do the shuttle service between the parking and the airport. Seven days a week , 24 hours a day. For customers there is also a free carwash , a waiting room with drink and eat facilities.
The booking can be done by smartphone.
In spite of all this possible guests, there are no hotels at the airport or nearby.
In fact the closest solutions is “Holiday Inn” in Alicante .
Shopping and restaurants, bars.
Finally “Costa Blanca Plaza” is the shopping and restaurant area of the airport.
On this floor there are many bars side by side . Such as Starbucks, Valor, Saboramar, Burger King…
Furthermore also nice shops, restaurants, press and indeed also a pharmacy.
But also the nice gift shops offer a large selection of items: music and electronics, Spanish fashion, wines, watches, perfumes.The last point to buy some souvenirs.
Since 2019 you can discover a new shopping experience at the airport with the help of a Personal Shopper. This service is free.
So it is a great opportunity to go shopping at a selection of top brand stores.
For instance : Boss, Armani Exchange, Calvin Klein, Superdry, Guess,Lacoste , Samsonite or Kipling.
Furthermore there are shops from Desigual, Swaroski, Victoria Secret, Wekkend Max Mara , Trucco. But also a large choice of accessoires like ” Parfois’ or Sunglass hut.
So get a personal assistance with Duty Free and Tax refund.
You find her in front of the
licante Duty free store. Nearby the Starbucks.
In brief you can not store baggage at the airport due security reasons.
First, on the check-in floor and in the arrivals Hall in the center there is an information desk about the airport .
On the ground floor close to the arrival gate a Tourist Information is available.
Naturally there is special parking spaces are near the entrance. So disable passengers can be easily dropped off nearby the entrance of the terminal.
While wheelchairs are available nearby the entrance. Additionally, the airport has large wheelchairs ramps and adapted elevators and toilets.
Low down, in the ground floor of the terminal is located a pharmacy. And the next important , its is open from 7 to 23.
Nearby is a 24 hours first’s aid post.
03195 EL Altet , Alicante , Alicante, Spain
902 404 704
News about Alicante Airport.
In 2016 Alicante airport hit the 12 million passenger mark. Thanks to this the airport now becomes Spain 5th busiest airport.
In the first place: , Madrid. In the second place Barcelona El Prat. Then Gran Canaria, followed by Malaga.
Of course British tourist are leading. Followed by the Spanish tourists, on 3 the place the Dutch people, then the German tourist , the Belgians and the Norwegians.
All over across Spain the rise in tourist sector is noticeable. In fact with a figure for 2016 of 215 million.
Also in december 2016 the regional president announced a deal between Air Nostrum and the Valencia airport.
In other words, this will allow the tourist destinations and the evens in the Valencia region to be promoted by the airline.
In fact, one of the events is the Fiesta of the Fallas in Valencia
Train airport Alicante .
In spite off it all , there is a lack of a rail access to El Altet.
Besides, it is very strange that an airport with more than 12 million travelers has not a train or tram to reach the airport.
Till now, you have first need to Alicante city. From there you can go to different places.
But , there is a bus line , the C 6 bus service.
So, this bus service runs between the airport terminal and Alicante city center. Also, the bus runs every 20 minutes. Every day of the year.
The bus stops at the RENFE train station , but also at the other locations around Alicante.
In the past, the national government for Spain local trains overlooked the Alicante project.
For many travelers is a big disappointment that there is no rail link between the city and the airport.
Above all this is a discussion, who started already in 2010.
The bizarre thing is that the Alicante Murcia train line us only one kilometer away. On the million cost would be offset by a potential seven million passengers each year.