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Originally named El Altet, Alicante Airport (ALC), based on passenger numbers, is the sixth busiest airport in Spain and the main airport for the Alicante Province and the Region of Murcia.
The airport is situated 9 km (5.6 miles) southwest of Alicante city (population 335,000) and 10 km (6.2 miles) east of Elche in the municipality of Elche on the Mediterranean Costa Blanca (coast). Around 80% of all passenger flights are international. The largest numbers of passengers arrive from the UK, Germany, and the Netherlands. Popular domestic destinations are Madrid, Barcelona and the island of Palma de Mallorca. Both domestic and international passenger traffic has experience a sharp rise in the last decade through this airport, as well as other Spanish Airports.
In 2011, Alicante Airport handled 9,913,764 passengers, 75,572 flight operations and 3,011 tonnes of cargo, making it the busiest airport in the Valencian Community by passenger numbers, and one of the 50 busiest in Europe. The airport is the fourth largest base for low-cost giant Ryanair with 59 destinations served by the airline. The largest number of passengers is carried by Ryanair (3,152,724 passengers in 2010), followed by EasyJet (1,337,350 passengers) and Air Berlin (620,671passengers).
Historically, up until 2003, Iberia Airlines was the leading airline at the airport. With the decline of conventional carriers, in 2004 low-cost EasyJet took the lead. In 2007, Ryanair, the largest European low-cost airline established a base in Alicante. It has become the leading carrier at the airport in 2009, and by 2011 it has increased its presence further with eleven aircraft based there on average, 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.
In March 2011, the New Terminal Area (denoted as Terminal N) of the airport was inaugurated and put to full service. 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 now closed.
The New terminal increased the annual airport capacity to 20 million passengers per year. Works however will not be completed until the year 2014, as plans are to construct a connecting hallway between the New terminal and terminals 1 and 2, which will then allow to exploit the passenger space capacity offered by all terminals.
The New terminal comes with an area of 333,500 m2, which is more than six times the size of terminals 1 and 2 put together. It includes 96 check-in desks, 40 gates, including 15 with air bridges, and 16 baggage reclaim carousels. 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.
Sources: Aena-Aeropuertos.es, Wikipedia
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Alicante Airport and the Costa Blanca Area, is one of our busiest car rental hubs. There is great demand for car rental and early bookings are highly recommended to avoid disappointment. Pre-booking a Car from us and arranging to receive delivery at Alicante Airport is always a breeze, where you may pick up your car from one of our many car rental kiosks and efficiently drive away into the lovely Costa Blanca area. Our Online Rental Rates are always inclusive of collision damage waiver & theft waiver insurances, unlimited mileage and breakdown assistance, so when you get to pre-book with us, you end up knowing there will be no surprises when you have reached Alicante Airport.
We wish you a pleasant drive and a most enjoyable stay there!
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