OLD ALICANTE AIRPORT TERMINALS TO REOPEN
By Mark Nolan / 2011-12-09 21:00:26
The company that operates Alicante El Altet airport have announced that they intend to reopen the two former terminal buildings that were closed as part of the inauguration of the new terminal building.
The smaller terminal building, which was known as T-2, will be opened for use by private flights, air ambulances and small charter planes, which could be operational almost immediately as it is the newer of the two former units, but the plan will not be implemented until 2013.
The original terminal building, known as T1, will require the construction of a connecting hallway, similar to that which was built connecting this building to T-2, which was built three years ago.
The extension and amalgamation of the buildings will mean a restructuring of names and gates numbers, but as the main part of the infrastructure is in place, the overall cost of the plan is thought to be achievable through a joint private and government funded strategy and the original building will then compliment the new terminal for large passenger numbers and movements.
Once the work is completed, the terminal buildings will boast 388,300 square meters of space, housing 149 check-in desks and 42 boarding gates.
El Altet airport is one of the most popular in the whole of Spain, serving the Costa Blanca and beyond. Despite the withdrawal of flights by Ryanair, many other airlines were quick to move into the site, seeing the extended viability of the airport. Passenger numbers are still on target to grow, even through the tougher financial times and, with the future relocation of flights from Murcia San Javier to Corvera, the destination of Alicante El Altet is likely to be busier than ever before.