The Alicante-Elche Airport (IATA code: ALC, OACI code: LEAL) is the main airport serving Spanish autonomous communities as the Valencia Community and the Region of Murcia. The airport is located in the Elche municipality, from which the name of the airport was derived from. The location space is about 9 kilometers southeast of Alicante.
The airport is operating as a base for Air Nostrum, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Vueling, Ryanair, and Evelop Airlines.
The airport is regarded as the 50th busiest airport in Europe due to its capacity and passengers traffic. The last decade has shown a significant increase in the passengers' traffic which has reached 13.700.000 passengers by 2017.
Due to the beneficial geographical location, the airport serves international flights mainly that reach around 80% of the overall flights' span. The main part of passengers is coming from Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Sweden, and Norway. Among the domestic destinations, the most popular are Madrid, Barcelona, and Palma de Mallorca.
There are two asphalt runways located 43 meters above the sea level with the length of approximately 3.000 meters.
As the El Altet airport is located within a number of the provinces as, Murcia, Alicante, Mazarrón, and Denia, that would be easy to get the access to well-known cities of Spain as Calpe, Orihuela, Benidorm, Jávea, Torrevieja, Denia, Murcia, La Manga del Mar Menor, and Cartagena.
The latest construction of the new "Nueva Área Terminal" (NAT) allowed increasing the capacity of the airport up to 20 million passengers per year. However, due to that former T1 and T2 terminals remained out of service.
The El Altet airport is trying to be socially responsible and therefore it has implemented the sound emission control system within the terminal, Environmental Management System, it supervises and controls its energy and water consumption, the airport performs constant air control tests etc.
Alicante, or Alacant, the capital of the province Alicante located in the south of the Valencian Community, is both the city and port of the Costa Blanca, Spain.
The overall area of the city reaches approximately 201.27 square kilometers. The city has 8 administrative divisions and 42 neighborhoods.
Alicante is the second-largest city of the Valencian Community with an estimated population of around 350.525 people. Meanwhile, the overall population of the Alicante Metropolitan area including Elche was around 757.085 people by 2014, due to that Alicante is considered as the eighth-largest metropolitan area of Spain. Notably, 15% of the population consists of immigrants from Argentina, the United Kingdom, Ecuador, Colombia, Morocco, Algeria, Russia, Germany, Romania, Ukraine, and Italy. However, some people living in Alicante are coming outside of EU and therefore are under illegal alien status and are not regarded as official population figures.
Alicante is considered as one of the economically fastest-growing cities of Spain. The economic boom after the period of major recession after 2008 was depended on the huge inflow of tourists to the beaches of Costa Blanca.
The one may reach Alicante by plain through the Alicante airport as it constantly serves flights from the Alicante to Madrid and Barcelona by Iberia and Vueling airlines mainly and from many cities of Western Europe by Ryanair, EasyJet or Jet2 airlines. Additionally, the airport operates constant flights from Alicante to Russia.
The train might be another way to reach the city operated by the Estación de Tren de Alicante. AVE trains are running from Madrid and Barcelona to Alicante daily, the trip will take only 2 hours.
Estació Autobusos Alacant offers bus rides from Valencia, Granada, and Barcelona to Alicante.
The boat is another way to get to Alicante, Port de Alacant services many cruise ships to Alicante. Compañía Romeu, in turn, operates bi-weekly ferries to and from Oran and Algiers to Alicante.
Estación del TRAM provides railway connection between main cities along the coastal line between Alicante and Denia, except Xábia. The fee for the tram ranges from €1.35 up to €7.15 depending on distance.
Among the sites, the one shall visit in Alicante are Basilica of Santa Maria, Monastery of Santa Faz, Baroque Casa de La Asegurada, Casa consistorial de Alicante, towers of the Huerta de Alicante, Canónigas de San Agustín, Co-cathedral of St. Nicholas of Bari, Gravina Palace, Castle of San Fernando etc.
History of Alicante Airport
The Alicante-Elche Airport (IATA code: ALC, OACI code: LEAL), originally named as El Altet, is considered as the fifth-busiest airport in Spain.
The Alicante Airport is located at El Altet - 03195 El Altet (Alacant). Being the main airport of the Valencian Community and the Region of Murcia, it is located in the municipality of Elche which is the comarca (Spanish administrative division) of Baix Vinalopó, Spain.
The particular location is about 10 kilometers away from that city and about 9 kilometers away from Alicante, that is also 70 kilometers away from Murcia City.