The new Alicante El Altet, is now officially open.
The 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
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.
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.
At 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.