Melilla Airport is situated three kilometres southwest of the autonomous city, which, due to its privileged location, is the gateway to Africa, the continent that is the current focus of all the attention of the business and tourist sectors. Its air, sea and land connections make it the potential operations base for people searching for the commercial advantages of the African market without leaving the EU, and for tourists heading for Morocco who want to stay overnight in a European city.

In 2016 the airport handled 330,116 passengers, 8,535 flight operations and 141.3 tonnes of cargo traffic.

Year Passengers Year Passengers
2007 339,244 2012 315,850
2008 314,643 2013 289,551
2009 293,695 2014 319,529
2010 292,608 2015 317,806
2011 286,701 2016 330,116