Latest news on strikes, delays and cancellations of flights

Will any of the strikes or delays affect your flight from or to Malaga airport? Find here the latest news about delays, strikes and cancellation of flights.

Latest Malaga airport news

Strike and flights in France

The strike of the controllers from airports in France was causing some delays in the flights that had to fly over the Gallic territory. These flights include those connecting the Costa del Sol with Edinburgh, London-Stransted and Dublin.

As a result of the strike, up to 4 flights with Malaga airport were cancelled.

French controllers’ strike ended on Friday, March 10, so it should not affect future flights.

Strike and cancellations of flights with Berlin airports

The ground staff strike at Berlin airports are affecting scheduled flights with Malaga airport.

From the 4 of the morning of the 13 of March has begun the second day of strike.

The strike will continue until Tuesday at 5 in the morning. So if you had a planned flight for getting back to Germany or for visiting Malaga, you should ask your airline about the situation.

This is the second strike after the one produced last Friday. Apparently the expectations of the union of workers that request a salary increase have not been fulfilled.

Alternatives if your flight has been cancelled

If the strike is the one at Berlin airport, some airlines are charting alternative flights from the airports of Dresden and Leipzig.

The proposed alternatives also offer free buses to transfer passengers from  Berlin airport. This could be a solution if you fly to Malaga or if you are a tourist who plans to return to Germany today. Better ask your airline about the situation and possible alternatives if the flight has been cancelled.

Finally if the airline can’t provide another flight to your destination it should offer accommodation and transfer service completely free of charge, but you might need to ask for it.

Latest Malaga airport news in 2017

There is an increment in flights to Malaga airport of the 12% between May and October (both included) compared to last year.

Latest Malaga airport news

Among the passengers, Swedish growth is near a 54% comparing to 2016. They are followed by other countries like Holland with a 36%, Italy 33%, Germany and Denmark with a 22%.

The airlines with most growing flights to Malaga are SAS, and Norwegian.

Are you from any of those countries and thinking to take a flight to Malaga between May and October? Continue reading past news that could affect your flight plans below.

April 2017 News

Development works for the airport just started. Will they affect your trip? Let’s see the details about those works and how could they affect your arrival or departure.

While the airport is in development private vehicles will not be able to continue stopping next to terminal T3 as they were doing before. They will have to use the private express parking with 15 free minutes for passengers drop off.

The parking lot has 300 available places and it is located on the first floor, next to the departures hall.

Airport works focus on the development of the facilities and accesses for making it more comfortable for daily passengers. The express parking measure is not free of criticism and we can only wait until the high season to see how effective it can be after an important traffic increment.

Will this measure affect your trip?

This measure will affect all of you who plan to use a private vehicle for getting to  departures. If you are being delivered there by using a private transfer or courtesy bus, the vehicle will have to stop at the express parking for shorter than 15 minutes.

You have to take special attention to not spending more time than the free 15 minutes, if you pass it even by 1 minute you will have to pay full price. The price for 16 minutes is 1.79€.

Are there any alternatives? If getting there by car for delivering someone to departures you can use a parking next to the airport or the private airport parking.

For avoiding possible problems, remember that when taking a flight it is recommended getting to the airport with enough time, at least 2 hours before boarding time or 3 hours when boarding an international flight.

Who will not be affected?

Those of you who arrive to Malaga airport and booked a transfer from the airport or a rental car and need to wait the courtesy bus will not be affected. The place you must head to still the same (in the map is the orange walking route)

Malaga airport transport map for arrivals and departures

If you need to know more about this map or the arrival terminal, just check our guide.

March 2017 news

United Kingdom still being the main tourist market for Malaga airport, especially the flights from Gatwick airport.

There is an important increment not only from UK visitors, passengers from Germany have raised above 23%, Irish a 6% with also a light increment on flights, Danish increment is around 20% for both flights and passengers and Italy around 30% also for both passengers and flights.

The most important growth is from Sweden, swedish passengers and flights have increased around 60% with the Costa del Sol.

From the 26th of May the airline Delta Air Lines will fleet again a flight linking Malaga with JFK New York airport, so if you plan to visit Malaga during May or June you better book soon.

Older news

A reduction of airport taxes up to 11% has been foreseen in all the Spanish airports until the year 2021, probably it will last even after that year.

Every passenger pay charges when buying a ticket corresponding to airlines expenses in airport taxes.

A discounted charge of 11% would transform in a flight ticket discount of around a 6%.

Including this discount or not into the flight ticket is something every company will have to decide by their own. Some airlines like Ryanair or British Airways already said that any discount on airport charges will be passed to the customer.

February’s news from the airport

If we look back to January we can check that statistics just starting the year 2017 show us an increment of 18,4% in passengers since last year during that month.

The increment of international travelers coming through the airport has increased a 21%. A record in low season that could foretell a great mid and high season this year.

The airlines British Airways and Jet2 just announced new direct flights to Malaga.

British Airways will add direct flights from Birmingham and Bristol while Jet2 will connect the Irish cities of Edinburg and Glasgow with the capital of the Costa del Sol.

The new connections will not affect the flights both companies already have with Malaga airport.

January’s news from the airport

Latest Malaga airport news from January were related to the cold wave in Malaga. The temperature feeling in the morning was of -1ºC while the real temperature was 4ºC in the morning.

News from the airport were also related to the traffic comparison of 2016 with 2015:

The most demanding countries flying to Malaga in 2016 are on this order:

  • British (with 5.493.245 passengers is the most demanding country of the list)
  • German (1.445.358)
  • French (1.066.004)
  • Holland (882.266)
  • Ireland (723.629)
  • Belgium (710.319)

Among the countries where the flights increased more compared to 2015 are:

  • Hungary with a 96,1% increment compared to 2015
  • Portugal with a 47,5%
  • United States with a 45%
  • Poland with a 37,3%
  • Luxembourg with a 35,4%
  • Denmark with a 34,4%
  • Israel with a 30,6%
  • Holland with a 26,9%
  • Canada with a 22,6%

Past news from 2016

Some of the news below has been confirmed for 2017, Turkish will keep 2 daily flights in summer between Malaga and Istanbul and one daily flight the rest of the year.

Turkish Airlines will double the number of weekly flights between Malaga and Istanbul

From 1 daily flight to 2 flights daily with a total of 14 weekly flights. Turkey is an important link between Europe and the Asian continent and so it is expected an increment of visitors in both directions between Malaga and Asia.

Flights from northern to southern Spain

Malaga gained a consolidated confidence as a tourist destination over last year from northern Spain with an amount of visitors similar to 2015 taking a flight to Malaga from Bilbao airport.

delta airlines
Flights between Malaga and New york starting in May

Already last year was a great success for this airline and this year it aims to offer up to 18% more seats for both ways, those who want to visit the United States and for the Americans who want to enjoy a great holiday in the Costa del Sol, a holiday destination which is increasing its value in that country.

There are plans for flights during all the year between New York and Malaga from 2018 in advance.

Malaga airport news about growth of visitors

The latest news from Malaga airport highlight the growth in visitor numbers up to 20% over the previous year only in the month of December, a growth rate that has remained during the winter and a 13,6% growth comparing the year 2016 with 2015…Malaga is a good destination for your holidays throughout the year and every time more and more tourists know about this.

Flights during the summer increase to accommodate a higher number of passengers but I always recommend to book well in advance: flights, rental cars and accommodation…try always to avoid surprises by booking at least one or two months in advance.


Finally if you are looking for your holiday destination with beach, good weather and a wide tourist offer with activities for both active, rural or beach tourism Malaga is a highly recommended option to consider … Do you already know Malaga?

Two UK friends meet in Malaga because it was cheaper than taking a train

Although many may already know the news about two English friends who meet in Malaga because it is cheaper (it has become viral in a few days), I could not resist to read about it and write a post with the information I find .

Two friends, Lucy Walker and Zara Quli. One of them lives in Newcastle while the other lives in Birmingham.

These friends from  university have not seen each other and one day they decide to stay for the day together and here comes the surprise: For a trip of something more than 200 miles by train the price for a single ticket was 105 pounds while a flight by plane to Malaga costs 20 pounds.Lucy-Walker and Zara-QuliLooking around the Internet one of the girls found that for only 20 pounds using a low cost airline she could fly from Newcastle to Malaga. Her friend could fly from Birmingham to Malaga for 55 pounds, the trick was to bring only hand luggage since the price for checking in luggage was even more expensive than the ticket itself.

Finally for just over 75 pounds in total these two friends could meet each other on the Costa del Sol. To this we must add the price of a cheap accommodation she found, in this case a hostel that cost about 10 pounds a night.

For the price of a train ticket they could buy a round trip flight to Malaga for two, they of course did… and they did more than visiting Malaga, they took advantage of the cheap prices to visit Granada where they stayed one night for 11 pounds.

Price difference between taking a flight and train

Let’s see the difference in price and distance between train and flight ticket. What is cheaper, taking a train or a flight to another country?

Train from Newcastle to Birmingham

  • Distance: 323km (200 miles)
  • Price for single train ticket: 121€ (105 pounds)

Flight from Newcastle to Malaga

  • Distance: 2172 kilometres (1350 miles) / Roundtrip: 4344 kilometres (2700 miles)
  • Round trip flight ticket price is 19.98 pounds.

Flight from Birminham to Malaga

  • Distance: 1770 Km. (1100 miles) o 3540 km. round trip (2200 miles)
  • Roundtrip flight ticket price: 63.85€ (55.29 pounds)

To those prices we must add the cheap hostel they booked for less than 11 pounds per night.

You can read the full story at the website.

It sounds incredible but it is a real success…how would it be in Spain?

In Spain is cheaper taking a flight or a train?

Looks like in Spain is still cheaper taking a flight than a train, even more if you can find a low cost deal to a popular destination in Europe. I have been able to find low cost flights to England for 28 pounds. The trick as I said before is to bring only hand luggage and adjust to the size and weight requirements from the airline (It is easy enough to buy a case valid for the most restrictive airlines in Europe)

As you check-in extra luggage the flight fare could grow exponentially becoming a less interesting option.

Writting about a case I have documented about, two supposed friends, one of them from Malaga and the other living in Barcelona. Both of those friends want to meet in Malaga for having some memories together.

Taking as destination Malaga airport or Maria Zambrano train station, the prices would be as follow:

Flight vs train prices to Malaga

As you can see the difference in price is almost the double when taking a direct train.

New flights to Malaga from Europe and Russia

If you are considering to visit Southern Spain from Holland, Germany, United Kingdom or Russia there are good news for you, there are new flights to Malaga from Amsterdam, Moscow, Leeds, Erfurt, Dresden and Münster to the Costa del Sol

These direct flights to Malaga do not replace the existing but are added expanding thereby the range of options.

new flights to Malaga

The aim of the new flights deals available from March is to meet the demand for high season until the last weekend in October from and to Malaga airport.

Flights to Malaga from Moscow with Siberian Airlines

From Domodedovo airport to Malaga there are up to 4 weekly flights, one arrival and one departure every Wednesday and another two flights every Saturday.

Flights to Malaga from Leeds with Monarch

New flight route from United Kingdom to Malaga with 6 weekly flights from Leeds-Bradford airport.

Flights frequency is one arrival and departure every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Flights to Malaga from Amsterdam with EasyJet

There are 8 weekly flights linking Amsterdam with the capital of the Costa del Sol thanks to EasyJet airline.

Flights frequency from Amsterdam to Malaga is one arrival and departure flight every Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

Flights from Germany to Malaga

Germany is the country with more new flights added to the already available list this season with 3 german cities linking with Malaga airport:

From Erfurt to Malaga: Arrival and departure flights every Monday and Thursday with Germania Fluggesellschaft airline.

From Dresden to Malaga: Arrival and departure flights every Tuesday and Thursday.

From Munster to Malaga: Departure and arrival flights every Wednesday.

Direct flights from Malaga

If instead you want to discover some of those above destinations from Malaga, now you it is easier with these new direct flights from Malaga airport to Germany, UK, Holland and Russia.

New Bus line from Malaga Airport

This summer is being historic in the Costa del Sol; Malaga airport last weekend has surpassed the number of flights and visitors to any weekend of the year.
Surely the political instability in other destinations is being decisive in this great increase in tourists.

Some companies are adapting to the growth of tourists increasing their staff or creating new routes in the case of public transport.

New bus route to Almuñecar from Malaga

This bus runs along the coast to Almuñecar and makes stops in Malaga downtown, Torre del Mar, Torrox, Nerja, Maro and La Herradura.

There is also a direct bus to Almuñecar but the carrier aims to offer visitors an option to reach their destinations on the eastern coast.

You can book online from, remember to print the copy of the ticket.


Timetable and bus fare in summer 2015

11:45 – Departure Airport     8:30am – Departure Almuñecar
12:15 – Bus Station Malaga
12:55 – Torre del Mar
13:20 – Torrox
13:30 – Nerja
13:35 – Maro
13:45 – La Herradura
14:00 – Bus Station Almuñecar

The ticket price is 7.44 Euro one way or 13.47 Euro for a return trip.

Timetable and bus fare in 2016

Departure from Malaga airport to Almuñecar:

From 14:15, 14:45 or 17:00
Price: 8.77€ for one way

Where to take the bus at the airport?

If this is the first time you come to Malaga airport have never taken a bus before on the map below you can see the exact location; it is situated very close to the arrivals hall:


What transport option to choose from Malaga airport?

Are you coming for the first time and don´t know yet which is the best means of transportation from Malaga airport? In addition to using train and bus from the airport, many visitors either for the amount of luggage or comfort seek other transportation options. Let’s have a look which is best for you:

Train or Bus

Taking the train or a bus from the airport is a good choice if your destination is near a bus stop or station and you don´t plan making many trips during your stay. You can visit our page on public transport in Malaga to see if it is an option to consider during your trip.

Bus 110 from Malaga to Benalmadena
Bus 110 from Malaga to Benalmadena

If you are a sun and beach tourist, someone who is comfortable in the hotel pool and don´t have too much curiosity about the environment of a new city you might be interested in using public transport.

Pros and cons of public transport
If you are a sun and beach tourist, someone who is comfortable in the hotel pool and don´t have too much curiosity about the environment of a new city you might be interested in using public transport. A plus is the punctuality of the train and the negative point it is that in high season it is an overcrowded means of transport and with low punctuality in the case of the bus and not very comfortable if you carry luggage.

You can read more about taking a bus or a train at the airport.

Many tourists seek the convenience of traveling to their hotel from the airport using a taxi.

Private transfer or taxi from the airport

Malaga airport taxisIf your destination is far from the main means of transport or you are a tourist who doesn´t plan to make many journeys you may be interested in the taxi option. It is a comfortable and safe transportation that will take you to your destination quickly and efficiently.

Many tourists seek the convenience of traveling to their hotel from the airport using a taxi.

Although the option of private transfers has always had the option to reserve online and pay by credit card. The option of public taxis had no regulation in this regard and thus it was not unusual that a cashless tourist could not take a taxi from Malaga airport and had to wait for one with a system for processing payment by card.

Keep in mind that a public taxi driver is not obliged to accept payment with a 50 € note, 20 Euros being the admitted top.

Since 2016 all taxis in the capital of the Costa del Sol are to have implemented a system to accept payment by credit card and a printer that can provide receipts.

If you want to know the major websites that offer private shuttle service from Malaga airport at a good price visit this link; with them you can ensure your transfer from the airport with a driver waiting on arrival.

If you are an active tourist who likes to know the city and the surroundings you are visiting, then the option of hiring a car in Malaga is ideal.

Rental car

Malagacar.comIf you are an active tourist who likes to know the city and the surroundings you are visiting, then the option of hiring a car in Malaga is ideal.

Regarding rental cars, there are many models that will suit your needs . From budget and utility vehicles for those just looking for mobility to family cars or luxury cars for those who want maximum comfort while traveling.

The main benefit of renting a car is the convenience of having your own means of daily transport without relying on anyone at a good price.

Which option is more suited to your needs? Any advice for those who have doubts about which option to use?

Record of tourist arrivals in Malaga during 2015

Malaga airport pictureIt is expected that this summer season 2015 Malaga beats its own record achieved on hotel stays with a significant increase between the months of January and June compared to the year 2014. Andalucia as a whole is a leader in domestic tourism and one of the most important destinations of international tourism in Spain.

This significant increase in reserves can ruin your visit if you do not plan your vacation in advance; we recommend starting to book flights, accommodation and your book a car in advance if you have not already done so.

Increased flights to Malaga airport

Within the tourism growth that is experiencing the Costa del Sol are the Swiss visitors with almost 6% and an increase of flights from Russia after the inauguration of a new connection between St. Petersburg and Malaga airport, a flight that upon arrival was greeted with the traditional arch of water formed by fire-fighters to baptize the new routes.


Some of the direct routes joining other cities with the Costa del Sol by the airline Vueling are Barcelona, Ibiza, Amsterdam, Brussels, Cardiff, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Lyon, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Rome, St. Petersburg, Bordeaux or Toulouse.

Another of the companies that are experiencing significant growth is Norwegian airlines; this company will increase routes from 16 to 18 after adding flights from Birmingham and Edinburgh to existing routes. It will also have a new plane at Malaga airport, added to the three already operating.

We hope you enjoy your holiday in Malaga!

Flights between Malaga and New York during June and July

Delta Air LinesAs already happened in the past, next year 2014 will be offered again direct flights between Malaga and New York during the months of June and July.

Flights will depart from Malaga Airport bound for New York JFK airport at 11.50 am Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout the month of June; during the month of July there will be also added departures on Wednesdays.

The Delta Air Lines plane brings important news regarding passenger comfort; there is more space for the class ‘Economy Comfort’ while the ‘Business’ class offers a 5-course menu and selected wines to make our trip more enjoyable.

Maybe eventually the connection between Malaga and New York becomes constant throughout the year, something demanded by the tourism industry, but for now we’ll have to conform to the summer months.

The month of November 2013, Malaga airport has experienced a growth of approximately 12% compared to 2012, accumulating in the first 11 months a total of 12.2 million passengers, a figure that could be increased considerably if the route Malaga-New York would be offered throughout the year.

In the previous offer of Delta Air Lines, the price per round trip of the economic ticket was 600 euros and 3600 euros Business class, which included helicopter transfer from the airport to Manhattan; yet we still have to wait for the official prices.

What do you think? Would you like to visit New York during the summer or the winter on a direct flight from Malaga airport or the other way around?

Partial opening of the southern new access road to Malaga airport in 2013

All indications are that eventually we will witness the opening -at least partial opening- of one of the last infrastructures to be finished at Malaga airport and which will contribute significantly to decongest the entrance to the airport grounds: The southern new access road to Malaga airport from the motorway A-7.

In recent years there have been carried out major works at the Malaga airport-Costa del Sol, as the new T3 terminal, a new attached suburban train station and a second runway. But what was pending was precisely an access to these facilities which figure among the most important of Spain.

Who drives today to Malaga airport, has to be aware of several exits that ultimately lead to what which gives the impression of a semi-rustic village road, with one single lane, which at peak times and especially in summer is prone to constant retentions. Let’s say, it is not exactly a good image to end a holiday on the Costa del Sol.

Well, soon the traveller who comes to Malaga airport in his vehicle or rental car will have the option to continue driving peacefully along the A-7 (MA-20); both from the western and the eastern Costa del Sol, to the height of Guadalmar, to take there a direct exit to the terminals.

This work has been actually completed -in one direction- since more than one year; so that, when opened, it will be a partial opening allowing access to the airport. The airport exit road is still unfinished, (expected by the end of the year) and in the meantime passengers will continue to take the normal exit onto Avenida Garcia Morato toward the highway.

Malaga flights affected by Iberia strike until next Friday

iberia malaga-agpDuring this week until Friday, February 22, flight and ground staff of the airline Iberia are on strike which affects only in Andalucia about 200 flights and some 1,200 flights nationwide. At Malaga airport 32 flights will be affected and some ground handling companies from the same company as Iberia Express, Vueling and Air Nostrum.

The affected flights are from Malaga to Madrid or Barcelona. The strike also affects foreign companies’ schedules on routes to and from Spain. According minimum services decreed by the Ministry of Development, will operate 100% of flights to the islands and 50% of services between Spanish and foreign cities.

Malaga Airport refers passengers to the website of the company (Iberia, Vueling) for information because it is the airline itself which is managing cancellations. 85% of the affected passengers have been relocated to alternative flights, while the remaining passengers will receive a refund of their tickets.

In this page of Iberia you find updated information on flights and answers to common questions that arise in view of an event of this nature:

According to the latest news, a high percentage of workers in Iberia is following this strike to protest the planned layoff of 19% of the workforce, almost 4,000 people. Therefore, in the airport Madrid-Barajas, where Iberia has its base of operations, the T4 has a somewhat desert aspect, with check-in counters emptier than on a normal day and a large police presence. In March are scheduled two batches of five days of strike each, if the parties don´t come to terms.

Iberia is one of the oldest airlines worldwide, ranks fourth in Europe in number of passengers and is the leader in passenger traffic between Europe and Latin America. End of 2010 the company merged with British Airways.