Alicante Airport (ALC)

Alicante, known also as Alacant in the Valencian language, is the second-largest city in the community of Valencia. Yet, more than three million of tourists come to this city every year, and a large share of them arrive in Alicante by plane. Thus, Alicante Airport appears to be an important transport hub not solely for Spanish residents of this city, but for a far bigger number of tourists coming to this resort each year.

Alicante Airport, also known as Alicante-Elche, Aeroport d’Alacant, El Altet Airport, or Alicante El-Altet, is indeed very important for the entire region, as it appears to serve such popular Spanish resorts like Murcia, Orihuela, Cartagena, Torrevieja, Jávea, Denia, Calpe, and Benidorm. It is located in the respectable, famous area of la Costa Blanca, 8 kilometers away from the center of Alicante city.

About Alicante Airport

Located 8 kilometers away to the South West from the city center of Alicante, Alicante Airport serves more than 10 million passengers per year. In particular, El Altet Airport handled more than 10.570 and 12.340 million passengers in 2015 and 2016 respectively, making it one of the busiest airports in Spain.

A large number of the airport’s names are caused by the fact that the airport is located near Alicante, yet within the municipality of Elche, which wanted the airport to be renamed into Alicante-Elche Airport (instead of Alicante Airport). And so the name change was implemented in the summer of 2013, though the airport code has remained the same – ALC.

alicante airport

Considering that the number of passengers at Alicante Airport exceeded 12 million in 2016, this airport is considered to be one of the busiest in Spain

Considering the location of the Alicante Airport, it does not come as a surprise that a large share – more than 80 percent – of the passengers served by the airport are international, mostly coming from such countries like the United Kingdom, Germany, Holland, Norway, Belgium, and Sweden. Regarding domestic destinations, the majority of flights connect Alicante to Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, and Madrid.

After the last renovation of the airport that took place in 2011, the two old terminals were closed, while a new terminal started to serve passengers. The new terminal is located to the East from the old Terminal 1.

Airport’s Terminals

Before 23rd March of 2011, Alicante Airport had two operating terminals: Terminal 1 (T1) and Terminal 2 (T2). T1 had 39 check-in desks, 11 gates with 5 airbridges, and 9 baggage reclaim carousels. T2 was adjacent to T1 and appeared to be an additional terminal, which was quite smaller in size – it had only 14 check-in desks, 6 gates with zero airbridges, as well as 2 baggage reclaim carousels.

airport of alicante terminals

Terminal N was opened in 2011 and it is the only operating terminal at the airport nowadays

Since 23rd March of 2011, however, there is only one available terminal at the airport – the new terminal (Terminal N). Terminal N is far bigger than the two old terminals taken together, being as large as 333,500 square meters. The terminal features 96 check-in desks, 40 gates with 15 airbridges, as well as 16 carousels for baggage reclaim. The entire terminal is divided into two areas: B Gates (the Dock) and C Gates (the Processor). Non-Schengen flights take place only at the B Gates, while Schengen flights are processed in both B and C Gates. All boarding gates are located at the level 2. The numeration comes as the following: from B21 up to B35 (the Dock) and from C37 up to C50 (the Processor).

Even though the old terminals have been closed and only Terminal N is available now, the airport’s officials said that they might consider reopening old terminals in the case if the operating terminal will be struggling to deal with all flights.

Airport’s Services

Here is a list of services you can obtain on each of the airport’s floors (levels).

Level -2:

  • Offices of tour operators;
  • Free Wi-Fi;
  • Vending machines that sell drinks and food;
  • PMR venue;
  • Access to the Shuttle/Transfer station, as well as buses of tour operators.

Level 0:

  • Toilet;
  • Multipurpose room;
  • Press kiosks and restaurants;
  • Parapharmacy & pharmacy;
  • A medical center that can provide first aid;
  • Free Wi-Fi;
  • Offices for money exchange (can be found in the Arrivals hall and area for baggage claim);
  • Information for tourists;
  • VAT Refund;
  • Office for lost and found items;
  • Office for claiming about lost luggage (you can do it in the baggage claim area);
  • Control department of customs and weapons (or Civil Guard);
  • Baggage claim area;
  • Distributed defibrillators;
  • Arrivals hall;
  • Agencies for car rentals;
  • PRM venue (outside);
  • Stands of taxi services (outside);
  • Tobacco stores (outside).

Level 2:

  • Toilet;
  • Free Wi-Fi;
  • Vending machines that sell food and drinks;
  • A play area for children (you can find it in the boarding area);
  • Parapharmacy & pharmacy (you can find it in the boarding area);
  • Distributed defibrillators;
  • Office for money exchange (in the boarding area as well);
  • ATMs (boarding area and Departures hall);
  • Shopping area & restaurants;
  • 3 PMR venues;
  • Information about Aena airport (boarding area and Departures hall);
  • Passport and security checkpoints;
  • Services of baggage wrapping;
  • Self check-in machines;
  • Counters for check-in;
  • Ticket offices of the airport’s operators;
  • Departures hall.

Level 3:

  • Toilet;
  • Free Wi-Fi;
  • Multipurpose room;
  • VIP lounge.

Other Airports Near Costa Blanca

If you want to reach la Costa Blanca by taking a flight to the other airport than Alicante Airport, there are a couple of options to consider. First of all, you might have a look at Murcia-San Javier Airport (MJV or LELC), which is much smaller than Alicante Airport. Also, the number of passengers served by the airport annually is much lower too, slightly exceeding a number of one million people. There are several low-cost companies that operate regular flights, including TUI fly Belgium (Charleroi and Antwerp), Ryanair (a number of Irish and British cities), Norwegian Air Shuttle (Trondheim, Stavanger, Oslo and Bergen), Jet2.com (the UK), easyJet (the UK), British Airways (London), and Aer Lingus (Dublin). The majority of the airport’s regular flights are international.

Valencia Airport near Alicante

Another major airport within the area of Costa Blanca is the airport of Valencia

Another region’s major airport is Valencia Airport (VLC or LEVC), another name of which is Manises Airport. Located 8 kilometers away from the city of Valencia, this airport appears to be much larger than Murcia’s airport, handling more than 5.7 million passengers annually.