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

Alicante-Elche 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.

First Ryanair flights arrive at Alicante-Elche airport on Sunday

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By Andrew Atkinson Ryanair flew into Spain yesterday, on June 21, as the country reopened its borders, amid the coronavirus pandemic that lead to global...

Alicante-Elche airport boss estimates that it will not recover until 2023

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The director of the Alicante-Elche airport, Laura Navarro, has said that the facility will not reach 15 million passengers, the number handled in 2019,...

Alicante-Elche airport reopens to International traffic

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The Minister of Public works, Jose Luis Abalos, has changed his decision to open only five airports for the arrival of foreign passengers in...

ALICANTE-ELCHE AIRPORT TRAVEL DETAILS

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Torrevieja Ayunmiento reports town’s bus services reduced to comply with National emergency measures, due to coronavirus By Andrew Atkinson Torrevieja Ayuntamiento (town hall) reports that...

Emergency mid-air alert following Alicante-Elche departure

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By Andrew Atkinson A flight from Alicante-Elche airport bound for London on February 26 put out an emergency over the north coast of France following...

Coronavirus alert at Alicante-Elche airport

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By Andrew Atkinson LEADER EXCLUSIVE Preventative measures, in the wake of the fatal coronavirus breakout in China killing hundreds of people, were taken at Alicante-Elche...

Four French fighters land at Alicante-Elche airport

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A strange sighting on Friday morning as four fighter aircraft belonging to the French Air Force landed at Alicante-Elche airport having been diverted from...

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...

Flybe, Alicante-Elche airport running as normal despite crisis talks

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By Andrew Atkinson Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline - serving nine countries from 85 european airports - including Alicante-Elche airport are running as normal, amidst...

Torrevieja Brits Arrested in Drugs Find

Officers from the Guardia Civil working at Alicante-Elche Airport have arrested two people on the suspicion of offences against public health, after intercepting a massive amount of drugs. The officers became aware of a shipment in January which was sent from Ireland to Torrevieja, via the airport. This shipment contained 5,640 zopiclone tablets; a medicine …

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 …