Málaga Airport is located 8km (5 miles) southwest of Malaga City and although it has 2 Terminals 99% of flights arrive at the newer and larger Terminal 2, all information within this guide relates to Terminal 2. Málaga Airport in Spanish is known as Aeropuerto de Malaga.
The airport is the fourth busiest Airport in Spain and handles around 12,000,000 (12 Million) passengers per year. With a flying time of only 2½-3 hours from the UK and Ireland. The Costa del Sol offers the fantastic year long weather and is the perfect destination for a full holiday or long weekend break.
At the moment there is a huge amount of building work going on at Málaga Airport and this is causing a little bit of disruption, not to flights but to the amount of time it takes you to get to and from the airport.
When the building work is completed in a few years there will be a new terminal building which give give the airport the ability to deal with 50% more passengers at peak times. The Málaga Airport parking area is doubling in size and there will be a huge undercover transport area where you will be able to catch the Málaga Airport buses and Málaga Airport trains.
For the time being the main Malaga arrivals is on the ground floor of both terminal buildings and the large Malaga departures hall is on the upper floor. The Málaga Airport taxis can be found on the ground floor just outside the arrivals hall and when you return they will simply drop you off on the upper level.
Málaga Airport has for a long time been the only real airport of merit in Andalucia. This is changing a little as low cost airlines such as Ryanair and Monarch have started to offer direct flights from the UK to Jerez Airport, Granada Airport, Seville Airport and Almeria Airport.
The use of these other airports has done little to stifle demand for flights into Malaga and each year the Airport seems to exceed record passenger numbers. This is due in part to the large number of expats who have made the Costa del Sol their home and a huge rise in the number of holiday home owners.
Travelling in the aeroplane was Pierre Latécoère, who at that time was looking for locations in Spain to set up various aerodromes. Latécoère's aim was to establish a commercial airline to link France with its African colonies through Spain and, later, to reach South America.
After several test flights, Didier Daurat, future manager of the Malaga aerodrome, began scheduled service between Toulouse, Barcelona, Alicante, Malaga, Tangiers and Casablanca on 1 September 1919.
In 1937, Malaga Airport became an air station and the schools for Air Force Crew Members, Observers and Specialists were set up there.
On 12 July 1946, the airport was opened to domestic and international traffic and classified as a customs post. All passenger services were conducted in the air station offices, since the civil passenger station was not opened until 1948.
Throughout 1960 the design of the airport was changed radically as, apart from extending the runway and building a parallel taxiway, a new terminal area was laid out at the geometric centre of the airfield. This area was located 1.5 km to the north of the existing terminal, where a new aircraft parking area, the control tower, a power plant and a passenger terminal were to be built. This work also included the installation of different navigational aids: a VASIS and a VOR in 1965, an ILS system in 1966 and a radar system in 1970.
The airport, which has at different times been known as “El Rompedizo” or “García Morato”, became officially known as Malaga Airport by a Ministerial Order issued in September 1965. This name is still used today.
The new passenger terminal was opened on 29 January 1968, and both the domestic services, which were handled at the civil station, and the international services, handled at the provisional station, were immediately transferred there.
The growing increase in traffic, mainly of non-scheduled flights (about thirty companies operated in Malaga with this type of traffic in 1965) meant a specific terminal had to built, known as a Modular Station for non-scheduled traffic. The new building was identical to those built in Palma, Girona, Alicante and Ibiza; it was opened on 30 June 1972.
Ruiz Picasso Terminal
The persistent growth in traffic meant that construction of a new terminal had to be considered. It was finally opened on 30 November 1991 with the name of Pablo Ruiz Picasso. The terminal, designed by the architect Ricardo Bofill, has two separate floors differentiating the flows of arrival and departure passengers. The building is joined to the old international terminal and is combined operationally with it.
To complete the terminal, a vehicle car park building was constructed, which came into service in the summer of 1995. It is connected to the basement of the passenger terminal by means of a tunnel and was remodelled to house car hire services.
In 1995, restructuring and restoration began on the old 1940s passenger building, which became the general aviation terminal. In the northern area of the airport, a hangar was built for large aircraft maintenance, and next to it, a cargo terminal. Both went into service in 1996.
In 1997, a new extension to the aircraft parking area was carried out and, at the same time, it was fitted with a fuel supply system by means of pumps to all the positions connected to the airbridges.
In November 2002, the airport took a further step in its development with the opening of a modern control tower with the latest technology, incorporating, for the first time in a tower, the VICTOR system. This system allows the visual presentation of all necessary data on a single console table, thereby facilitating the work and the operational agility of the controller.
The Malaga Plan has been established to meet the rapid increase in the number of passengers, owing primarily to the rapid growth of tourism on the Costa del Sol. It includes, among other things, the construction of a new terminal and a new car park, as well as the extension of the airfield.
Málaga Airport - AENA airport
Apdo. Correos 371 y 375 29004 Málaga
Telephone: 952 048 838
Airport Code: AGP
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