Alicante (El Altet) Airport is the gateway to the popular Costa Blanca holiday region of south eastern Spain. Each year nearly 10 million passengers pass through the airport terminal building en route to resorts including Benidorm, Calpe, Denia and Torrevieja.
The airport is located approximately 15 minutes drive to the south of the city of Alicante, and around 5 minutes drive from the small coastal town of El Altet.
Alicante Airport is much larger than Murcia Airport which is around an hours drive to the south.
Alicante is the sixth largest airport in Spain, and is continuing to grow with a new terminal building completed in March of 2011. The airport has excellent links to all the major towns and resorts, and is located just of the major arterial route of the region the Autovia del Mediterraneo (AP-7 Motorway).
At Alicante Airport there is a single terminal building housing arrivals and departures.
The arrivals hall at Alicante Airport is on Level 0. After collecting your baggage you will find yourself in the large arrivals hall which is where the car rental desks are located. The arrival hall also has a police station, first aid centre, bureau de change, tourist information desk, disability assistance office (sin barreras). There is also a food outlet (ARS) who sell bocadillos (sandwiches) and hot and cold drinks and coffee/salad bar (Rodilla)
When departing from Alicante Airport, there is a passenger drop-off area located outside the Departures terminal outside the entrance of the terminal. The departures area is on the top floor (Level 2) above the arrivals hall.
Once inside the departures hall, you will need to check-in at the main airline desks or at the automated kiosks, after which you will be directed towards the baggage counter.
During the quieter winter season you should plan to be at the airport at least an hour and a half before your flight, but during the peak summer holiday season it may be a good idea to show up at least two to three hours before your flight as it gets very busy.
The departures hall has a Burger King, Caffriccio's coffee bar and a Relay magazine shop. There is also a Costa Coffee located outside the departures hall.
Also in the departures hall is the AENA airport information desk where you will be able to get help with any question about facilities at Alicante Airport.
Duty Free Area
Once you have checked in, Alicante airport has a large number of designer outlets in the duty free area including El Corte Ingles.
The duty free area also has a selection of convenient, albeit rather expensive food bars including a Burger King, Subway and a Carlsberg bar which has the most comfortable seats in duty free. There is also an excellent tapas bar called Canas y Tapas which serves excellent value tapas, where 1 person can eat well for around 10 Euros.
Transport Options at Alicante Airport
The taxis are outside arrivals on level O, and after passing through the exit you will see the taxi rank. There are usually plenty of taxis, so waiting should not be an issue. You should expect to pay somewhere around 20 Euro to Alicante Train Station, somewhere between 70 and 85 Euro to Benidorm, and anywhere from 55 to 70 to Torrevieja.
If you are on a package holiday, tour operator and charter coaches leave from the basement (level -2). This is also where the hire car shuttle buses leave from).
If you are looking for a local area bus service or a connection to one of the main resorts, outside level 2 (departures) there are buses to Alicante centre (which takes about 15-20 minutes), Denia, Benidorm, Calpe Elche, Murcia, Torrevieja and other locations in the Costa Blanca.
The train service does not run directly into the Alicante Airport but you can take a bus or taxi to the Alicante Train station. At Alicante train station, make sure to take the 'Plaza de los Luceros' exit on the airport bus, you can then board a train into a more localized area of Alicante or out into the surrounding resort areas.
Driving from the airport is very easy and well sign-posted. It takes a couple of minutes to reach the major AP-7 motorway which connects to Alicante, Benidorm and Denia to the north, and Torrevieja and Murcia to the south.
Airlines that operate from Alicante Airport
Most of the major European airlines operate flights into Alicante Airport although the availability and range will vary depending on the time of year that you are travelling.
Some of the main airlines operating from the UK include Jet2, Flythomascook, EasyJet, Ryanair, Monarch, Thomsonfly, Bmibaby, Aer Lingus, Flybe, and Air Berlin. Fares will vary in price depending on the time of year, with the highest prices in July and August.
Hotels Close to Alicante Airport
If you arrive on a late night flight, or have to catch an early morning flight from Alicante Airport, the closest hotels are located around 5 minutes from the airport in the small town of El Altet.
There are buses from El Altet directly to the airport for around 1 Euro if your flight arrives in the day.
Hostal Pensimar is basic, but offers double rooms with a bathroom for around 40 Euros per night, has underground parking, good Wi-Fi coverage, and the staff are very friendly.
A taxi to Hostal Pensimar from Alicante Airport costs around 13 Euros, and the price remains the same after midnight which makes this hotel ideal if you arrive late at Alicante.
Around 10 minutes by taxi from Alicante airport on the way to Alicante city centre is a group of hotels including Hotel Ibis, Ibis Budget and Holiday Inn Express where you can generally get a room from around 35-50 euros per night depending on the time of year. Catch the C6 bus from outside the arrivals building if you want any of this group of hotels.