Situated on the Mediterranean coast, Alicante International (ALC) is an ideal gateway to Spain’s pristine coast. The country’s sixth-busiest airport underwent major renovations in March 2011, including the construction of a new terminal large enough to handle 20 million travelers annually.
The sun-drenched airport offers plenty to do for passengers waiting to board. Between retail shopping and Internet surfing in the VIP lounge, grab a bite at the delightful tapas bar or pose with friends and family in newly installed photo booths.
Flights to Alicante Airport arrive daily from Madrid, Barcelona and other hubs, primarily across Europe. Approximately 10 million passengers access the gateway to the Costa Blanca each year. The unparalleled beach resorts attract both low-cost carriers such as Ryanair, easyJet and Air Berlin, as well as full-service airlines such as Iberia.
Alicante’s modern architecture and spacious layout create an aesthetic as refreshing as the vacation you’re bound to have in Spain.
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Barcelona International Airport (BCN) is generally known as El Prat Airport. It is located 8 miles (12km) outside of Barcelona and is the second-largest airport in Spain. Its close proximity to Barcelona makes El Prat a great airport from where to start a Spanish break.
The airport caters for tourists and locals alike with a great selection of shops and duty free items. The El Prat Airport receives most of its flights from other European airports and a couple from airports in North Africa. The terminal is easy to navigate and staff at the airport are always willing to help.
El Prat is popular with low-cost airlines and it is a hub for Ryanair, Spanair and Vueling. Iberia and Air Europa have regular flights to and from El Prat Airport and it is easy to find domestic, European and charter flights to Barcelona El Prat Airport. Several major carriers choose to use El Prat (British Airways, American Airlines, Air Canada) and most flights to the Canary Islands, Granada and the Balearic Islands either stop-over or originate from Barcelona Airport.
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Ibiza Airport (IBZ) is the main gateway to two of the Balearic Islands - Ibiza and Formentera. The airport is 4.3 miles (7km) southwest of Ibiza, and although the island is small, its popularity as a summer party destination ensures passenger numbers of around 5 million passengers each year.
About 85 percent of the visitors to Ibiza arrive between May and October. If you’re there at the right time (and in the right mood), you can catch some of the world’s best trance, house, and techno deejays performing all through the summer.
Alternatively, you can take one of the many guided tours through the city and surrounds, many parts of which have been declared world heritage sites.
The airport is quite small, with only one terminal building, and getting into town is easy enough using either the buses or taxis. Aside from grabbing a bite to eat, or getting a beer at the bar, there isn’t a whole lot to do at the airport itself.
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Lanzarote Airport (ACE) serves the sunny Canary Island of Lanzarote and is conveniently located 3 miles (5 km) southwest of the capital city, Arrecife.
In addition to receiving a much needed facelift during the 1990s, a section of the airport’s Gaucimeta Terminal was dedicated to serving as an aviation museum in 2002 in response to tourists’ keen interest in the island’s aviation history.
With roughly 5 million travelers on more than 46,000 flights to Lanzarote Airport each year, the facility is very busy, especially during the summer season. The terminals are rather small and often get busy (but seldom chaotic), especially on Thursdays when several British flights to Lanzarote Airport arrive.
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Las Palmas/Gran Canaria
Located approximately 12 miles (19km) south of the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and 16 miles (25km) north of the island’s popular tourist areas, Gran Canaria Airport (LPA) or Las Palmas Airport – locally referred to as “Aeropuerto de Gando" – handles almost 9.5 million passengers per year. It is the Canary Islands’ busiest aerial hub and Spain’s fifth-busiest airport.
With a reasonable selection of shops and places to wine and dine, as well as warm and friendly services and an assortment of facilities, Gran Canaria Airport offers a pleasant experience. Clear days offer majestic views of distant mountains, however, breezier weather brings extreme tailwinds to the island, sometimes affecting flight schedules. In general, though, temperatures at Las Palmas International range from mild to moderate throughout the year, so you needn’t carry much in your hand luggage except for a camera, cap and pair of shades.
Like all tourist gateways, Las Palmas can get chaotic at times, especially during the peak months of July and August. However, staff do their best to offer assistance in terms of speeding up procedures and going the extra mile to help passengers.
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Malaga Airport (AGP) is one of the busiest airports in Spain and an important tourism gateway to the popular Costa del Sol region. It's situated 5 miles (8km) from the city of Malaga and 3.1 miles (5km) from Torremolinos. More than 12 million passengers catch flights to Malaga Airport from all over the world each year, especially in the summer months.
There are three terminals at Malaga Airport. Different airlines have check-in desks at different terminals, but all flights leave from Terminal 3 (the newest terminal) which opened in late 2010. It's twice the size of Terminal 2 and has a large food hall, as well as several other facilities.
Although the new Terminal 3 is spacious and has lots of new facilities, this is one of those airports that feels like it’s permanently under construction, so be prepared for detours and poor signage at times.
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Palma de Majorca
The island of Majorca may be small, but its airport, Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI), is big, big enough to accommodate the legions of vacationers who arrive every summer to enjoy the sunny beaches of this Mediterranean island.
Along with Ibiza, Formentera and Minorca, Majorca is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the Spanish Mediterranean, and the airport processes more than 21 million passengers each year.
Flights to Palma de Mallorca Airport come in from around Europe, including most of the UK airports such as London, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and East Midlands. There are also flights from Brussels, Paris, Prague, Moscow, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Venice, Geneva, Istanbul, Rome, Budapest, Frankfurt, Zurich, Sofia, Madrid and Warsaw.
Palma de Mallorca is built for large crowds, but in the peak summer season the queues for budget flights back home to the UK are annoyingly long and the airport is often packed. The staff members are helpful however, and do their best to assist with problems.
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Reina Sofia-Tenerife Sur
Tenerife South Airport (TFS), which is also called Tenerife South-Reina Sofia Airport, is well known by many vacationers from Britain and other parts of Europe. It is the gateway to Tenerife, one of Spain’s top vacation resorts in the Canary Islands. The airport is just 40 miles (60km) from Santa Cruz, but relatively close to resorts on the west coast of the island.
Although the airport is small, there is a fair selection of restaurants and shops. Passengers wanting reading material, gifts, souvenirs, a snack or quick meal will find that the airport caters well to their needs.
Tenerife South Airport is served by a number of low-cost carriers, including easyJet and Ryanair, which connect the airport to many cities across Europe. The airport handles more than 7 million passengers each year.
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