There is far more to Alicante province than just the Airport!

Alicante has one of the busiest holiday airports in Europe, seeing on average around 10 million travellers each year pass through its doors, mainly from the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands, although it is often used by the Spanish themselves for flights to other destinations in the country.

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Alicante need not be thought of as just someone where your holiday adventure starts and finishes, as spending time in the region uncovers much natural beauty, culture and history that most people simply have never heard of.

Alicante airport is actually nearer to the city of Elche, than Alicante city itself, although Alicante is actually the name of the province too and stretches way up the coast until it meets with Valencia Province. The whole area is awash with culture and nature so we looked at a few places that you can really enjoy nature on your next Spanish vacation.
Elche: The city of palms

We decided to start our trip as soon as we got away from the hustle and bustle of the airport and headed for the city of Elche, also signposted “Elx” in the local lingo. Elche is famous, from a nature lovers pint of view, for having the largest forest of pine trees in Europe, over 200,000 in one place alone and is a UNESCO world heritage site.

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We needed to get prepared for our nature trips and headed for the shops first.

Elche is also famous, in Spain at least, for the manufacture of footwear and boasts around 1,000 different places in the area that make shoes, however tourism has become increasingly important for the city and it’s well worth taking a look around, especially if you like shops! If you know where to go in the city, you can bag yourself a pair of hiking boots very cheaply!

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Elche has a few large shopping centres or Malls that you while away some spare time doing some shopping, and you should head for L’Aljub shopping centre, just off the main Elche to Aspe road (CV 8510), where you can not only find a Primark and a C&A, there are loads of smaller shops too, supermarkets, places to eat, and a huge cinema too!

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There are other places around Elche to shop, including a huge El Corte inglés shopping mall too, perfect to buy all the gear you need to go and find some nature, do some walking in the “campo” (countryside) and basically get as prepared as you can for the next part of your journey.
Tabarca island, Santa Pola

We then drove from Elche along the CV-865 towards Santa Pola, on a clear and dead straight road, but had been warned beforehand it is an accident blackspot, so if driving the road, take extra care as a kamikaze style of driving here by the locals is commonplace. Upon arriving at Santa Pola, head for the port area, for boats out to Tabarca Island, a designated nature reserve and standing proudly in the mouth of the bay.

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This small but inhabited island is a very a popular day trip destination either from Alicante or Santa Pola, and the island has a very quaint Spanish fishing village with an old fort, some recommended seafood restaurants and a rocky beach with crystal clear water which you can see in the photo above. We also found several secluded coves and many tidal rock pools ideal for bathing or letting the children try and catch crabs and small fish.

This is definitely a place to kick back and unwind on holiday, although at present, day trips are the only way to see the Island, but it’s well worth the trip out there. When you’re on holiday in Santa Pola, Tabaraca island is one of the must-sees of the area.
Discover the salt lagoons of Santa Pola

Behind the town of Santa Pola and along the N-322 coast road, lies the nature park and salt lakes of the area, a place of salt production since Roman times and a very important part of not only the local industry, but of wildlife too. If travelling by car look for signs for “Salinas de Santa Pola”.

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Tamarit Tower – Santa Pola marshes
Boat trips can be taken on the lakes and this is probably the best way to get up close to nature and see some of the varied species of sea birds and other creatures, including flamingos, that make this lovely place their home.

The is also the “Museo de sal” (Salt museum) that can be visited, for free, most mornings, up until about 2pm and although it’s worth at least a look, and an insight into the local culture, it’s not exactly a must-see attraction but as it’s free, and we were in the area anyway, why not!

The province of Alicante is absolutely bursting with places to see, things to do, and people to meet and this article merely touches the surface of what you could discover on your holiday in Alicante province, Spain!

Top 10 beautiful beaches in Alicante

Golden sand, hidden coves, turquoise waters and blissful bays attract millions of holidaymakers to the Alicante province each year. With 244 kilometres of coastline, there is plenty of room for all with beaches attracting sun worshippers, divers, surfers, sailors and artists who love the vibrant colours.

There are scores of sandy beaches and coves to suit all tastes. Spain-Holiday has picked its top 10 from long stretches of golden sand to little bays.
La Granadella, Javea

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Javea beach, Alicante

Top beach has to be La Granadella in the north Costa Blanca resort of Javea. It has twice won the prestigious accolade of being voted Spain’s best beach. It’s in a picturesque horse-shoe bay with clear turquoise waters surrounded by jagged cliffs and pine trees. Although the beach is shingle, it is a very popular spot with sunbathers, scuba divers and snorkellers.

The clear waters make this an ideal spot for snorkellers breaking through the water’s surface to see the seagrass beds and colourful fish. La Granadella is a tiny beach at just 220 metres wide and is very popular. You will need to get there early to claim your spot.
Benidorm

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Benidorm beach, Alicante

The bustling holiday resort of Benidorm also has two of the best beaches in Spain – Levante beach and Poniente. Both beaches are sheltered by the mountains behind Benidorm, which protects the bay from the cold winds, creating a warm microclimate.

Benidorm’s fine, sandy beaches spread for about four kilometres with gentle slopes into the Mediterranean. For early risers, Levante is known as the sunrise beach and is the ideal spot for enjoying a spot of early morning swimming or sunbathing.

The Blue Flag beaches are safe and very family-friendly. It’s a great spot for sailing, jetskiing or paragliding. The long coastal strip has an attractive promenade lined with bars and restaurants offering cuisine from around the world and great offers on daily menus and drinks.
San Juan de Alicante

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San Juan de Alicante, beach

This fabulous central beach with its fine, golden sand has turned San Juan into a popular spot for Alicante city dwellers and chic urbanites. San Juan stretches for 2,900 metres from the fishing village of El Campello to the rocky headland of Cabo de las Huertas. It’s also just 25 kilometres from Alicante international airport so attracts Spanish families looking for a weekend break.

Legend has it that in bygone days when the Moors ruled Spain, a beautiful Moorish queen would bathe in the natural pools among the rocks. Nowadays, it still attracts bathers but is also a nautical playground for kayaks, yachts, surfing and scuba diving.
El Portet, Moraira

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El Portet beach, Moraira

Another little gem on the Costa Blanca, El Portet is in a rocky cove sheltered by rocks with sparkling clear blue waters inviting people to swim, snorkel or surf. This is a brilliant setting for relaxing and soaking up the views of the imposing Ifach de Calpe rock jutting out to sea.

The vibrant blue, crystal clear waters and magnificent setting have led some people to compare El Portet to a Caribbean hideaway. The beach is just 350 metres long and gets very busy in summer. It’s particularly popular with families as it’s such a safe place for paddling.
Santa Pola

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Santa Pola, Alicante

Santa Pola sits in a bay with a variety of coves and beaches which are traditional fishing grounds. Indeed, it’s famous for its fish which takes pride of place in many local dishes such as caldero, which is a tasty rice and fish stew.

Close to the bustling port are Santa Pola’s two main beaches – Lisa and Tamarit – which enjoy fine sands and clear blue waters. The location and moderate swell of the sea have meant these beaches are targetted by windsurfers and kitesurfers, particularly on Lisa beach, which provide entertainment for the sunbathers. The shallow waters also mean this is a safe area for families with children.
Guardamar del Segura

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Guardamar beach, Alicante

One of the finest beaches south of Alicante is found at Guardamar. It’s a fabulous 10-kilometre stretch of fine sand with a backdrop of a fragrant pine forest. The trees were planted in the sand dunes about 100 years ago to stop them being blown away by the wind.

The forest provides a colourful windbreak to protect the town as well as being a natural haven for walkers. The long, sandy beach has a children’s play area and is another popular haunt for surfers thanks to the good waves. The Guardamar coast boasts a blend of secluded coves for private bathing or snorkelling as well as urban beaches.
Arenal, Calpe

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Calpe Ifach

Calpe is one of the most iconic resorts in the Alicante region, thanks to the impressive Ifach rock which is 332 metres high and juts out to sea. The coastal town is also home to 14 beaches and coves, which attract sunbathers and water sports enthusiasts.

The busiest beach is the Arenal-Bol in the city centre with a golden mile of fine sand and clear waters. The urban beach has great views of the Ifach rock and is close to the marina, where many swish yachts are moored. A few minutes’ walk from the beach is a salt lake where many flamingoes and herons can be seen.
Albir beach

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Albir beach, Alicante

Nestling between the picture-postcard hilltop town of Altea and the brash resort of Benidorm is a lovely little coastal town with a golden, sandy beach. Albir is a hidden gem sandwiched between better-known resorts. Its Blue Flag beach is perfect for family holidays as the water is shallow while the beach is close to the shops and restaurants in the town centre.

This is a great resort for film lovers as the seaside promenade has its own Paseo de las Estrellas or Stars’ Promenade to rival the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Albir’s version is to commemorate the winners of the prestigious annual Alfaz del Pi Film Festival, which is held three kilometres from Albir.
Las Marinas, Denia

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Las Marinas, Denia

Denia enjoys 15 kilometres of beaches from long, sandy stretches to rocky coves. One of the most popular is Las Marinas, which is an attractive part of town for tourists during the long summer months. This is a safe beach with a bar in summer, beach beds, long stretches of golden sand and shallow water, so it’s great for children.

When the wind gets up, you can watch the acrobatic antics of the kitesurfers and windsurfers who head for this part of Denia. Across the road are plenty of bars and restaurants so you can enjoy the beach all day.
El Cura, Torrevieja

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Torrevieja beach, Alicante

A golden sandy beach flanked by hotel blocks and restaurants serving international and local cuisine have turned El Cura into one of Torrevieja’s top spots for sunbathing and swimming. It’s a picturesque corner of the bustling Torrevieja resort with photogenic images of palm trees, a pretty promenade and boats sailing into the harbour.

Musicians, street hawkers, buskers and artists making carvings out of sand bring added character to this busy urban beach. In July the Habaneras Night on the Beach is held at El Cura with thousands of people heading to the beach to have dinner and listen to free music.

Walking through history in Alicante

Alicante is a beautiful small beach city with grand historic buildings, traditional Spanish squares, chic marina and a long sandy beach.

It’s just 12kms from Alicante airport, which is used by many budget airlines, so you can enjoy a bargain weekend in the city.
Easy city to walk around

The city centre is compact so you can easily stroll from the beach to the main attractions within a few minutes. Spain-Holiday has chosen a route where you can enjoy the sights as you stroll around this charming Mediterranean port.

Alicante marina
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The museum is packed with information and hands-on experience of the longest and most challenging round-the-world yacht race. The race starts in Alicante in October for the third time.
Beach life

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Paseo Explanada de Espana, Alicante

We’re going to turn left to walk along the iconic Paseo Explanada de Espana, which is one of the most beautiful seaside promenades in Spain.

Thousands of small red, black and cream marble tiles have been used to create the boulevard so that it resembles the waves in the sea.
Elegant Explanada de Espana

Many cafes and restaurants can be found along the Explanada, so it is a great time to visit at any time of day. Evening is popular with many people as you can have a stroll along the elegant street lined with palm trees while deciding which restaurant to dine in.7246 Fill 670 0 300x211 Walking through history in Alicante

Calle Mayor, Alicante

Off the promenade on the right is the Calle San Telmo leading to the delightful Calle Mayor. Here you will find the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACA) in the Plaza Santa Maria.

The museum houses a great collection of 20th century art including works by Picasso, Miro, Dali, Max Ernst, Cocteau and Bacon.

In this square you can also visit Alicante’s oldest active church, the Basilica of Santa Maria. It’s a beautiful Gothic church built in the 14th to 16th centuries on the site of a former mosque.7247 Fill 670 0 300x122 Walking through history in Alicante

Alicante old town, marina and port

Head down Calle Niagara and you will come to another great Alicante landmark, the Museum of Fine Arts (MUBAG), housed in a former palace dating from the 18th century in Calle Gravina.
Take a trip to the town hall

Along Calle Mayor is also the elegant 18th century Alicante town hall in the Plaza de l‘Ajuntament. It is a striking Baroque building with interesting columns on the two towers.

Look out for the Salon Azul styled from the time of Queen Isabel of Spain and the Cota Cero on the main staircase which is the reference point from which Spain’s cities are measured in metres above sea level.

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Typical Alicante plaza or square

Turn right up Avenida Dr Gadea to the Plaza Calvo Sotelo, a pretty square full of trees where you can relax or enjoy a coffee for a while.
Quality streetCalle San Francisco, Alicante, with childlike giant mushrooms

Around the square are many interesting shops including a fabulous sweet shop, Tienda Fini, with the brightest-coloured sweets you have ever seen including jelly babies, jelly beans, chocolates and mini tennis balls.

On the corner of this shop is the fascinating Calle San Francisco. A few years ago, this was pretty run down but it’s now a surreal pedestrianised street with giant mushrooms, ants and snails dotted around.

The road is a great place for dining out as various restaurants and bars have set up here including traditional cafes, a cupcake café, tapas bars, Italian restaurants and a sushi bar.7249 Fill 300 0 251x300 Walking through history in Alicante

This leads you to what is arguably Alicante’s finest and best-known square, the Plaza Portal de Elche, built in the 19th century as a water supply and meeting point.
Old-fashioned air

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There’s a lovely old-fashioned kiosk in the square where you can read the newspapers and order a coffee. There are some beautiful old, protected trees with gnarled trunks twisted into interesting shapes.

Plaza de Portal Elche, Alicante

The square leads you to the Rambla Mendez Nunez, a famous street for restaurants and shopping.
Fine example of Spanish Baroque

San Nicolas cathedral, alicante

7251 Fill 300 0 169x300 Walking through history in AlicanteHeading up the Rambla, away from the sea, you can turn left into Calle Teatro to visit Alicante’s splendid principal theatre, in Plaza Ruperto Chapi, which stages world-famous plays and operas or turn right into Calle Miguel Soler for San Nicolas cathedral.

San Nicolas cathedral, in Plaza de Abad Penalva, was built over an ancient mosque in the 17th century. Worth seeing are the Holy Communion chapel which is considered to be one of the finest examples of Spanish Baroque and the distinctive blue dome, which is 45 metres high.

If you go back along the Rambla up to the busy Avenida Jaime II, you can visit the central market with stalls brimming with fresh fruit, vegetables, fish of all shapes and sizes, meat and home-made sausages.

Outside the main entrance are two traditional kiosks selling local turron, similar to nougat, while there is a colourful flower stall on the other side of the market with an amazing choice of flowers and trees.

This fascinating building looks far too grand to house a traditional market with its rectangular floor plan styled like a basilica and Modernist features.

From here you can see the imposing Alicante castle which looms over the town from a lofty height of 166 metres. It is one of Spain’s most impressive medieval fortresses with grim dungeons, lofty towers and ruins to explore.

Flower stall outside Alicante market

7252 Fill 670 0 300x200 Walking through history in AlicanteThere are also tales of ill-fated lovers, battles and hundreds of years of local history to find out about.

From the Santa Barbara Castle, there are fabulous views across the bay, marina and Alicante old town.

At the foot of the castle is La Ereta Park where you can also enjoy fabulous views of the cathedral and the port.

Cross the road and you are back to the Postiguet beach for a bite to eat or a well-earned rest.

Postiguet beach, alicante.

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History Of Alicante Airport

alicante taxi transfers airport History Of Alicante AirportWhen іt соmеѕ tо holiday destinations іn Europe, Spain іѕ оnе оf thе bеѕt аnd оnе оf thе mоѕt popular. Millions оf people land іn Alicante airport еvеrу year fоr holidays аnd fоr business trips аnd іt іѕ easy tо ѕее why! Anуоnе thаt іѕ gоіng tо visit thе Region оf Murcia іѕ lіkеlу tо uѕе thіѕ airport аѕ іt hаѕ ѕоmе оf thе bеѕt transport links іn thе region.

Alicante Airport wаѕ originally named “El Altet” but thіѕ quickly changed. Alicante іѕ аn extremely popular destination, making thе airport іtѕеlf thе 6th mоѕt uѕеd airport іn Spain. Fоr people thаt аrе visiting thе Province оf Alicante, thіѕ іѕ сеrtаіnlу thе airport оf choice.

Aѕ fаr аѕ location goes, thе airport іѕ extremely wеll placed. In fact, іt sits јuѕt 9km frоm Alicante аnd 10km east оf Elche, meaning thаt travellers саn gеt tо thеіr chosen destination extremely easily.

Thе airport іtѕеlf serves аll kinds оf passengers. Whіlѕt іt serves bоth national аnd international flights, thе majority оf traffic соmеѕ frоm thе likes оf thе United Kingdom, Germany аnd еvеn France. Thе mоѕt popular destinations fоr people uѕіng Alicante airport include thе likes оf Mallorca аnd thе famous Barcelona.

Thе El Altet airport wаѕ built аnd eventually opened оn Mау 4, 1967. Thіѕ airport wаѕ tо spark nеw interest іn Spain аnd tаkе оvеr thе service оf thе La Rabassa airport thаt hаd served thе country ѕо wеll ѕіnсе 1936. Thе nаmе derives frоm thе place іt resides in; thе Elche countryside.

Whіlѕt іt wаѕ designed tо bе а fаіrlу domesticated type оf airport, thіngѕ ѕооn changed. Sooner thаn mоѕt people nеw it, Alicante airport wаѕ making regular connections wіth Iberia, starting іn 1969. Traffic thrоugh thе airport quickly grew tо а point whеrе іn thе 70s; traffic wаѕ reported tо bе іn excess оf 1,000,000!

Of course, wіth ѕuсh major traffic, іt wаѕ оnlу natural thаt thе airport needed tо tаkе drastic measures. Thіѕ eventually led tо thе construction оf а brand nеw passenger terminal, whісh wоuld enable thе airport tо service а muсh larger number оf passengers. Tо complement this, Alicante airport wаѕ extended оn thе runway side оf thіngѕ аѕ well; extending tо а massive 3km. Thіѕ wаѕ іn аn effort tо service mоrе air traffic оn а daily basis.

Ryanair wеrе оnе оf thе fіrѕt major airlines tо set uр camp іn Alicante airport. Thеу set uр thеіr base wіth 59 routes gоіng іn аnd оut bу 2007. Thіѕ led tо furthеr development allowing thе airport tо service еvеn MORE passengers.

Growth іѕ ѕоmеthіng thаt Alicante airport іѕ сеrtаіnlу uѕеd to. Bу 2010 thе airport hаd developed strong relationships wіth airlines, wіth оvеr 74,000 dіffеrеnt flights аnd 3,000 tonnes оf cargo. On thе passenger side оf things, 2010 wаѕ аlѕо а good year wіth thе airport nearing 10,000,000 іn passengers!

Ryanair ѕtіll managed tо put thеіr stamp оn thе airport іn 2010. Thеу carried оvеr 2.3 million passengers. Rival air lines ѕuсh аѕ Easyjet managed јuѕt оvеr 1.4 million, whіlѕt Air Berlin managed јuѕt оvеr 690,000.

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The new € 647 million airport terminal at Alicante El Altet

The new Alicante El Altet, is now officially open.

Inauguration.

alicante airport2 150x150 The new € 647 million airport terminal at Alicante El AltetThe new El Altet airport terminal was inaugurated on Wednesday 23rd March 2011 by Anea and the public Works Minister, Jose Blanco. Accompanying him at the ceremony was the Minister of Health, Leire Pajin, the President of the Generalitat, Francisco Camps, the President of Aena, Juan Lema, and the Mayors of Alicante and Elche, Sonia Castedo and Alejandro Soler. Many public institutions, regional, provincial and local representatives of business organisations and airlines were also present.

Open to the public.

It was opened the next day Thursday 24th March 2011 to the public. The project was part of a huge modernization project to put itself at the forefront of the Mediterranean tourist airport.

The general public feeling was that everything went very smoothly and the new terminal was a giant success.

The new terminal guarantees about 14,000 new jobs and over the past five years of construction it has employed about 7,500 workers.

It is hoped the airport will exceed 10 million passengers using the airport this year. El Altet has been one of the airports that has been least affected by the economic crisis

Capabilities

Since the airport first opened in March 1967, it has grown beyond all imagination, continuously adapting to the needs of the passengers.

The new terminal building is more than capable of handling 6,000 passengers an hour and carrying 20 million passengers a year and has now established itself as the premier airport in the whole of the province.

Being more spacious, functional and modern, the airport will make travelling more enjoyable.

El Altet airport currently offers flights to 75 domestic and international destinations paying special attention to the low-cost airlines like Ryanair and Easyjet. El Altet is Spain´s 6th busiest airport and the largest in the Murcia region.

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The terminal has:-

 *  An area of 333,500 m2,

*   98 check in desks

*   26 gates, each with passport control

*   16 baggage carousels

*   Automated baggage and screening system processing 7,880 bags per hour.

Many of the shops include :  Travel Mate, Tuc-Tuc, Tommy Hilfiger, Pepe Jeans, Armani Jeans, Cottet, Longchamp, Hugo Boss, Gloria Ortiz, Desigual.

There is also Telepizza and Starbucks outlets.

There are drop off facilities right outside the departure area and a huge bus parking area on the bottom floor for passengers arriving and travelling with tour operators.. There is a large taxi rank out the arrivals hall as well.

Future

new terminal 21 150x148 The new € 647 million airport terminal at Alicante El AltetAt the moment, Aena have deemed it unnecessary to build a second runway although they have reserved some land for possible expansion in the future.

Lets look forward to everyone enjoying the new facility and benefiting everyone in general.

The Brief History of Alicante Airport

Alicante Airport The Brief History of Alicante AirportWhen it comes to holiday destinations in Europe, Spain is one of the best and one of the most popular. Millions of people land in Alicante airport every year for holidays and for business trips and it is easy to see why! Anyone that is going to visit the Region of Murcia is likely to use this airport as it has some of the best transport links in the region.

Alicante Airport was originally named “El Altet” but this quickly changed. Alicante is an extremely popular destination, making the airport itself the 6th most used airport in Spain. For people that are visiting the Province of Alicante, this is certainly the airport of choice.

As far as location goes, the airport is extremely well placed. In fact, it sits just 9km from Alicante and 10km east of Elche, meaning that travellers can get to their chosen destination extremely easily.

The airport itself serves all kinds of passengers. Whilst it serves both national and international flights, the majority of traffic comes from the likes of the United Kingdom, Germany and even France. The most popular destinations for people using Alicante airport include the likes of Mallorca and the famous Barcelona.

The El Altet airport was built and eventually opened on May 4, 1967. This airport was to spark new interest in Spain and take over the service of the La Rabassa airport that had served the country so well since 1936. The name derives from the place it resides in; the Elche countryside.

Whilst it was designed to be a fairly domesticated type of airport, things soon changed. Sooner than most people knew it, Alicante airport was making regular connections with Iberia, starting in 1969. Traffic through the airport quickly grew to a point where in the 70s; traffic was reported to be in excess of 1,000,000!

Of course, with such major traffic, it was only natural that the airport needed to take drastic measures. This eventually led to the construction of a brand new passenger terminal, which would enable the airport to service a much larger number of passengers. To complement this, Alicante airport was extended on the runway side of things as well; extending to a massive 3km. This was in an effort to service more air traffic on a daily basis.

Ryanair were one of the first major airlines to set up camp in Alicante airport. They set up their base with 59 routes going in and out by 2007. This led to further development allowing the airport to service even MORE passengers.

Growth is something that Alicante airport is certainly used to. By 2010 the airport had developed strong relationships with airlines, with over 74,000 different flights and 3,000 tonnes of cargo. On the passenger side of things, 2010 was also a good year with the airport nearing 10,000,000 in passengers!

Ryanair still managed to put their stamp on the airport in 2010. They carried over 2.3 million passengers. Rival air lines such as Easyjet managed just over 1.4 million, whilst Air Berlin managed just over 690,000.

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The Brief History of Alicante Airport

alicante taxi transfers airport The Brief History of Alicante AirportWhen іt соmеѕ tо holiday destinations іn Europe, Spain іѕ оnе оf thе bеѕt аnd оnе оf thе mоѕt popular. Millions оf people land іn Alicante airport еvеrу year fоr holidays аnd fоr business trips аnd іt іѕ easy tо ѕее why! Anуоnе thаt іѕ gоіng tо visit thе Region оf Murcia іѕ lіkеlу tо uѕе thіѕ airport аѕ іt hаѕ ѕоmе оf thе bеѕt transport links іn thе region.

Alicante Airport wаѕ originally named “El Altet” but thіѕ quickly changed. Alicante іѕ аn extremely popular destination, making thе airport іtѕеlf thе 6th mоѕt uѕеd airport іn Spain. Fоr people thаt аrе visiting thе Province оf Alicante, thіѕ іѕ сеrtаіnlу thе airport оf choice.

Aѕ fаr аѕ location goes, thе airport іѕ extremely wеll placed. In fact, іt sits јuѕt 9km frоm Alicante аnd 10km east оf Elche, meaning thаt travellers саn gеt tо thеіr chosen destination extremely easily.

Thе airport іtѕеlf serves аll kinds оf passengers. Whіlѕt іt serves bоth national аnd international flights, thе majority оf traffic соmеѕ frоm thе likes оf thе United Kingdom, Germany аnd еvеn France. Thе mоѕt popular destinations fоr people uѕіng Alicante airport include thе likes оf Mallorca аnd thе famous Barcelona.

Thе El Altet airport wаѕ built аnd eventually opened оn Mау 4, 1967. Thіѕ airport wаѕ tо spark nеw interest іn Spain аnd tаkе оvеr thе service оf thе La Rabassa airport thаt hаd served thе country ѕо wеll ѕіnсе 1936. Thе nаmе derives frоm thе place іt resides in; thе Elche countryside.

Whіlѕt іt wаѕ designed tо bе а fаіrlу domesticated type оf airport, thіngѕ ѕооn changed. Sooner thаn mоѕt people nеw it, Alicante airport wаѕ making regular connections wіth Iberia, starting іn 1969. Traffic thrоugh thе airport quickly grew tо а point whеrе іn thе 70s; traffic wаѕ reported tо bе іn excess оf 1,000,000!

Of course, wіth ѕuсh major traffic, іt wаѕ оnlу natural thаt thе airport needed tо tаkе drastic measures. Thіѕ eventually led tо thе construction оf а brand nеw passenger terminal, whісh wоuld enable thе airport tо service а muсh larger number оf passengers. Tо complement this, Alicante airport wаѕ extended оn thе runway side оf thіngѕ аѕ well; extending tо а massive 3km. Thіѕ wаѕ іn аn effort tо service mоrе air traffic оn а daily basis.

Ryanair wеrе оnе оf thе fіrѕt major airlines tо set uр camp іn Alicante airport. Thеу set uр thеіr base wіth 59 routes gоіng іn аnd оut bу 2007. Thіѕ led tо furthеr development allowing thе airport tо service еvеn MORE passengers.

Growth іѕ ѕоmеthіng thаt Alicante airport іѕ сеrtаіnlу uѕеd to. Bу 2010 thе airport hаd developed strong relationships wіth airlines, wіth оvеr 74,000 dіffеrеnt flights аnd 3,000 tonnes оf cargo. On thе passenger side оf things, 2010 wаѕ аlѕо а good year wіth thе airport nearing 10,000,000 іn passengers!

Ryanair ѕtіll managed tо put thеіr stamp оn thе airport іn 2010. Thеу carried оvеr 2.3 million passengers. Rival air lines ѕuсh аѕ Easyjet managed јuѕt оvеr 1.4 million, whіlѕt Air Berlin managed јuѕt оvеr 690,000.

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