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Alicante–Elche Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto de Alicante-Elche) (IATA: ALC, ICAO: LEAL) was originally named El Altet. In 2018 it achieved the status of the fifth busiest airport in Spain based on passenger numbers.

Alicante Airport is located between Alicante and Elche, in the municipality of Elche, province of Alicante, community of Valencia, Spain. As well as serving Alicante, Elche, and other Costa Blanca hotspots such as Benidorm, Torrevieja, and the Orihuela-Costa, the airport also services the Region of Murcia.

The airport is a hub for Air Nostrum, Jet2.com, Norwegian Air International, Ryanair and Vueling. Since the early 2000’s, passenger traffic has grown significantly following increased economic activity in the area from the real estate and construction boom and increased tourism. The airport current transports around 15 million passengers each year and is one of the top 50 busiest airports in Europe.

Most flights (around 80%) are international from Northern European countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Belgium and Sweden.

Alicante-El Altet airport opened on 4 May 1967, replacing the older aerodrome La Rabassa that had served Alicante since 1936. The original terminal was renovated in the 1990’s and in 2011, amid some controversy, a brand new terminal building was opened which has enabled the airport to cater for up to 20 million passengers each year.

Airlines rush to reopen slots at Alicante Airport 

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Bringing forward the reopening of some borders by a week, announced by the Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez at the weekend, has caught many of...

ALICANTE-ELCHE AIRPORT PREPARING FOR NORMAL SERVICE

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Quote: 'Ryanair working with EU governments to support rescue and medical flights, and preparing for the return to normal service'. By Andrew Atkinson Ryanair are...

Alicante Airport set to close to commercial flights

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Alicante-Elche airport is set to cease commercial flight operations this week in the wake of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. The airport will remain open -...

Alicante-Elche airport terminal fire-damaged roofing temporarily completed

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Alicante-Elche airport was the scene of black smoke billowing from a clothes recycling unit, near to the N340, which was closed at the height...

Alicante-Elche airport is operational

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First flight departure to Warsaw was at 6.30 this morning Aena has resumed operations at Alicante-Elche airport at 5.00 am this morning. The first...

Monday sees Corvera receive 69 diverted flights from Alicante and Valencia

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A spokesman for Murcia International Airport has said that Corvera will handle a total of 69 diverted flights from Alicante and Valencia on Monday...

Passenger mayhem as Storm Gloria forces closure of Alicante Airport all...

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The Alicante-Elche Airport Emergency Cabinet has decided to extend until tomorrow the closure of the airport as Storm Gloria continues to devastate the province....

LATEST – MAJOR FIRE KEEPS SPAIN’S ALICANTE-ELCHE AIRPORT CLOSED UNTIL 12...

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An update from the Terminal Area Control Centre of @ENAIRE in #Valencia and AENA on their Twitter feeds now states that Alicante Airport will...

ALICANTE-ELCHE AIRPORT REOPENS TO PUBLIC AFTER DRAMATIC FIRE

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Alicante-Elche airport (IATA: ALC) has now reopened after it had been closed following the outbreak of a fire in the terminal on Wednesday at...

BREAKING NEWS – PASSENGERS EVACUATED AS ALICANTE AIRPORT ON FIRE

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News is reaching us of an outbreak of fire at Alicante airport. The terminal has been completely evacuated and police and the emergency services...

Passenger, 63, tragically dies on board flight from Alicante-Elche airport to...

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A passenger, aged 63, that boarded a plane at Alicante-Elche airport to travel to Newcastle on New year's day has died, following cardiac arrest,...

Female engineer to become new boss of Alicante-Elche airport

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The National Airports and Air Navigation (Aena) has appointed the industrial engineer Laura Navarro as the new director of the Alicante-Elche airport, a position...

Alicante airport reopens after crashed aircraft removed

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Alicante-Elche airport has now been reopened to air traffic with work completed to move a private jet away from the runway at just after...

Flights diverted to Valencia after aircraft crash at Alicante

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ALICANTE AIRPORT REOPENS AFTER CRASHED AIRCRAFT REMOVED A private plane en route from Amsterdam skidded off the runway at Alicante airport just before 2pm on...

Alicante Beats April Airport Record

The number of passengers travelling Alicante-Elche Airport grew by 9.7% to over 1.3 million people in April, coinciding with the Easter holidays, while the regional´s capital, Valencia Airport registered an increase of 12.9%, with 752,055 passengers. During the first 4 months of the year, 3.9 million passengers travelled through Alicante airport compared to 2.4 million …

Drone hits inbound aircraft at Alicante Airport

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Elche Police have said that a drone has hit a commercial aircraft as it was coming in to land at Alicante-Elche airport. According to the...

Minister announces study to connect train with Alicante-Elche airport

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Iñigo de la Serna, the Minister of Development, was in Elche on Thursday morning, where was able to take part in the test drive...

Tuesday was the rainiest August day since 1967

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Alicante-Elche airport registered last Tuesday the rainiest day during the month of August since data was first collected in 1967 , with 42.1 litres...

Two cocaine mules arrested at Alicante Airport

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Alicante’s Civil Guard has arrested two people, both of Brazilian nationality, a man aged 30 years and a woman of 25, for smuggling drugs....

PASSENGERS CHEER AS GROUP OF ROWDY LADIES ARE KICKED OFF FLIGHT...

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Passengers were seen cheering, clapping and booing as a group of rowdy ladies were kicked off a Ryanair flight bound for Alicante for swearing...

ALICANTE AIRPORT THIEF ‘ROUBLED’

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The National Police arrested a 58 year old man of Serbian nationality on Friday, after he was thought to have stolen goods valued in...

LONG QUEUES IN EL ALTET DUE TO POLICE SHORTAGES

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Three trade unions have complained at the lack of police in Alicante Airport. They say that they were promised that additional staff would be...

RYANAIR BAGGAGE STRIKE AT ALICANTE

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Due to planned strike action by baggage handlers at Alicante Airport there may be delays or disruption to checked baggage processing at Alicante Airport ...

RECORD FIGURES FOR ALICANTE AIRPORT

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Alicante-Elche finally closed 2016 having processed a total of 12,344,945 passengers, representing an increase of 16.7% over the previous year. International traffic increased by...

ALICANTE AIRPORT EMPLOYEES CHARGED WITH BAG THEFTS

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The Alicante Civil Guard is currently investigating four workers at the Alicante-Elche airport for allegedly committing 61 thefts from checked bags at while the...

AENA SPENDS ONE MILLION EUROS REPAIRING AIRPORT LEAKS

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AENA confirmed last week that they have spent almost a million euros repairing leaks to the flat roof on the new International Airport building...

11 MILLION PASSENGERS FOR ALICANTE AIRPORT

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For the first time in it’s history Alicante-Elche Airport has processed more than 11 million inbound passengers through the terminal in a 12 month...

EUROPEAN AWARD FOR ALICANTE AIRPORT TOWER

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The Alicante-Elche Airport has become the first in Spain to obtain the certificate “Torre Avanzada” (Advanced Tower), and thus is now fully integrated into...

ALICANTE AIRPORT THIEVES ARRESTED

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The Civil Guard has detained two people on suspicion of the theft of 11,700 euro at Alicante-Elche airport. The detainees, a Colombian man of 37...

ALICANTE AIRPORT JOBS BOOSTER

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Not only is Alicante-Elche airport one of the busiest in the country, it is also the biggest provider of jobs, both directly and indirectly,...