The new airport
Driving tourism and economic development
Alicante Airport, in one of the most dynamic areas, with the best prospects for business and economic growth on the Mediterranean coast, is a key infrastructural element for the economic and social development of its area of influence.
With weekly flights to more than 75 destinations in Spain and abroad, the airport is one of the most important holiday and business destinations in Spain, thanks to the growth of industry, especially footwear, in the province of Alicante, and above all, the growth of tourism.
Alicante airport has taken advantage of this development and has become the preferred form of transport for millions of tourists and business executives, with an average to high purchasing power, who use the airport's services and facilities on a daily basis.
The consolidation of air transport as a key part of the tourism and economic development of the area is indicated by the growth in passenger traffic in the airport in recent years: from 6.5 million in 2001 to 9.3 million in 2010.
The vital importance of airport infrastructure in the region's tourism is reflected in the percentage of passengers from international flights, eighty percent of the total. The main countries of origin of these passengers are the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands. However, regular domestic traffic has also increased in recent years. Madrid, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca are the three most popular domestic destinations.
The opening of the New Terminal Area is intended to enhance this growth and prepare the airport facilities for the traffic forecast for 2020, estimated at around 19 million passengers.