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History of Alicante Airport – Elche

Do you know Alicante airport? We will tell you the history of the Alicante – Elche airport and how over time it has grown to serve 20 million passengers a year.

History of Alicante Airport – Elche

Alicante-Elche airport is located 9 kilometers southwest of Alicante, in the municipality of Elche.

On May 4, 1967, the airport was inaugurated and opened to national and international passenger and freight traffic. That same day the first plane landed, a Convair Metropolitan from the Aviaco company.

The growth in traffic is immediate since all tourists bound for the Alicante Coast (Costa Blanca), who to date made their entry through the Valencia airport, are now moving to Alicante.

Alicante Airport Terminal
Alicante Airport Terminal

In 1970 the number of passengers was close to one million, which necessitated the construction of a new passenger terminal and it was inaugurated in June 1972.

In 1996 a new and profound reform was carried out, which made it possible to serve the nine million annual passengers who use its facilities in a short space of time.

Parking - History of Alicante Airport - Elche
Parking – History of Alicante Airport – Elche

In March 2011, the New Terminal Area was put into service, capable of handling almost 6,000 passengers per hour and 20 million passengers per year. It also includes a new terminal building, the boarding dock, a parking building, new access roads, and the expansion of the parking platform.

*Article based on Aena

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History of Valencia Airport

Do you know the Valencia airport? We tell you the history of the Valencia – Manises airport and how it has grown over time.

History of Valencia Airport

Valencia airport is located eight kilometers west of the capital, in the municipality of Manises.

In March 1933 the airport was inaugurated and customs declared in September 1934. The first regular flight was made on September 1, 1934 with the inauguration of the Madrid-Valencia line.

Construction of the first track began in the summer of 1946, using a metallic mesh covered with a layer of limestone on a rammed stone base. In 1948 the construction work of a small parking platform was carried out.

Valencia airport terminal
Valencia airport terminal

In 1983, the new passenger terminal was inaugurated, replacing the one that was built. The greatest innovation of the new building is the use of solar energy through solar panels.

In March 2007, the first expansion of the airport came into operation, including a new building for regional aviation, the construction of a private aviation building and a vehicle parking building, as well as the expansion of the flight track and parking platforms.

In July 2012, the second expansion of the airport was inaugurated, consisting of the construction of another building with twenty more check-in counters and a new baggage claim hall and the construction of a new vehicle parking building, among other works.

flight track - History of Valencia Airport
flight track – History of Valencia Airport

Valencia airport main destinations

Traffic is mostly international, with Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom and France being the countries that contribute the highest number of passengers. The three national destinations with the most passengers are Palma de Mallorca, Madrid and Ibiza.

Type of flights

In addition to commercial aviation, with operations of many airlines, general aviation also has a high level of activity at the airport with the presence of private aviation companies, public bodies and other companies related to aerial work.

*Article based on Aena

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