Alicante Airport or Alicante–Elche Airport, formerly known as El Altet, is the fifth busiest airport in Spain based on passenger numbers. The airport is located on the Costa Blanca in the Spanish Autonomous Community of Valencia in Elche, 9 kilometres southwest of Alicante, and first opened on 4th May 1967.
In recent years the airport has become an important hub for European low cost airlines and has expanded considerably to cope with the new demand. In 2016, the airport set a new record for passenger number of almost 12,350,000, beating its previous record of 10,574,484 set in 2015. These passenger numbers now make it one the 50 busiest airports in Europe.
To cope with the increased demand, a new passenger terminal was opened in 2011, known as Terminal NAT (Nueva Área Terminal), which is capable of serving up to 20 million of passengers per year. All flight operations were moved to this terminal, with its old terminals (T1 and T2) being closed, but they can be opened if necessary to aid air traffic.
Due to its location and high tourist interest, the airport mostly operates international flights with many travellers coming from Holland, Norway, Germany and the UK. The low cost airliners of EasyJet and Ryanair operate the greatest number of flights, but there are around 40 airliners in total offering flights. Only 20 percent of fight are national, with flights to and from Madrid airport, Barcelona airport and Palma de Mallorca airport making up this number.
The airport serves many well know destinations like Benidorm, Calpe, Denia, Jávea, Torrevieja and Orihuela in the Alicante region, but it is also a popular choice for visitor to the Murcia region for destinations including la Manga del Mar Menor, Murcia and Cartagena due to its positioning close to the A7 motorway.
The airport is operated by Aena Aeropuertos S.A., similar to many other Spanish airports.
Parking at the Airport
The airport offers great parking facilities for short and long term parking. As part of a multi-million euro revamp, a new car park has been built with space for up to 6,200 vehicle.
Accessing the parking is very easy as its well sign posted from the main road. Just follow the sign to get in the right lane, but if you need assistance, airport personnel that can assist you in the right direction.
You can find out more about parking on our airport parking page here. It will show you which lane to take, where to leave your car and how much short and long term parking costs. There is also information on off-site parking providers for long term parking.
Getting to and from the airport is easy with great links by buses and trains. There is also ample taxis and private shuttles.
- Bus: There are local buses that are located on the upper level of the airport which go to Elche (Line 1A & 1B), Alicante Centre (Line C6) and Arenales del Sol (Line 1B). Tickets of these buses starting at around €1.50. If you want to go further there are buses that go to Benidorm, Murcia and Calpe, amongst others. You can find out more about the routes and costs on our buses page here.
- Train: You can choose to ride on a train through the central railway station. The trains depart at the same location as the buses an can take you all along the Costa Blanca. With this option, you can avoid delays. You can find out more about routes and costs on our trains page here.
The airport provides various services for passengers including (among others):
- Assistance for Passengers with Disabilities
- Duty Free
- Food and Beverages
- Free Wi-Fi
- Medical Assistance
- Meeting rooms
- A VIP Lounge
Lost and found office
There is a lost property office that is located on the group floor of terminal NAT in the arrivals hall. If you have lost some of your baggage you will have to fill out a form and give them your address in the Spain so your luggage can be delivery to you when it is found. The forms are available in English, and staff are at hand to help you if needed.
In case everything goes missing, you can ask the airport for a survival package which is an emergency bag containing items covering your basic needs.
The office is open Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am to 14:30 pm (except holidays). You can contact them on (+34) 966 919 444 or email email@example.com
El Altet - 03195
El Altet (Alacant).
Telephone: (+34) 91 321 10 00 / 902 404 704