Malaga Airport is located 8 km from Malaga city on the Costa del Sol. This airport is one of the busiest airports in Spain regarding passenger volume and registered in 2014 a total of 13.749.134 passengers. The airport serves a large number of national and international destinations, Malaga airport has daily flights to over 20 cities in Spain and more than 60 European capitals, as well as some destinations on the African Continent. Malaga airport remains one of the favorite destinations of tourists from northern Europe, especially from Great Britain and Germany.
Malaga airport in 2010 incorporates new facilities, continue reading to know more about them and find out the most recommended services at the airport.
In 1919 the engineer and businessman in French aviation, Pierre Latécoère, flew for the first time over Malaga while looking for a proper landing place. His purpose was finding locations for different airfields to establish an airline connecting France with its colonies via Spain. In the same year and after countless test flights, the first scheduled air service begun on the 1st of September linking Malaga with Barcelona, Alicante, Toulouse, Tanger and Casablanca.
In 1937 Malaga airport developed to an air base and in 1946 it was classified as an airport of entry which opened the doors for national and international air traffic. Just two years later it was inaugurated as commercial airport.
After 12 years some extensive modernisation works began, including an enlargement of the runway, a new parallel running taxiway, the creation of a terminal zone in the center of the airport ground with tower, power station, parking spaces for airplanes and the passenger terminal.
The new terminal was inaugurated in 1968 with transferring there all national and international flights. But due to the increasing air traffic a new amplification was already necessary in 1972. Nevertheless it wasn’t enough and in the 90’started the construction of the new terminal Pablo Ruiz Picasso, designed by the architect Ricardo Bofill.
The increasing traffic made the construction of a car park very necessary which was opened in 1995 and is connected to the terminal by a tunnel. In the same year, while altering the old passenger building a new aircraft hanger for maintenance and a new cargo terminal were built.
In 2002 the new state-of-the-art control tower was inaugurated.
Although many investments and improvements have been made over the last decade, the demands for a modernization of the airport were increasing. For this reason “Plan Málaga” will provide 900 million Euro until 2010, of which 330 are earmarked for the airport.
The building activities are aimed to maximum protection of the environment, the soils, the water quality and the atmosphere. Special precautions have been taken because of the closeness to the river Guadalhorce.
The Malaga airport counts with an excellent infrastructure and all necessary facilities to make the arrival as easy as possible. There are different options of transport, as you can rent a car at Malaga airport (normally the car rentals pick you up right at the airport when providing your flight number) or you can take the train or bus, whose stops are very close to the terminal. The access roads to the airport are magnificent and at present, in march 2009, improvement works are making them even better.
Malaga airport has a direct train connection to Malaga, Torremolinos and Fuengirola. In the future, past the year 2013 Marbella will also be accesible by train.
The new suburban train station is situated just outside the Terminal 3 and passengers have easy access and swift access to arrivals and departures.
There are cheap buses for tourists at Terminal 1. The bus to Malaga leaves every half an hour, and every 45 minutes for Marbella. There is another bus stop next to San Miguel factory outside, about 15 minutes from the airport if going to Fuengirola and Torremolinos. There are also companies like Malagabus.com offering a Malaga bus hire service.
There are many car rental companies at the airport, you can choose between luxury and cheap car hire. Many of them provide online car hiring using your flight number, so someome would be waiting for you as your arrive to Malaga, the companies we review here will wait you even if your flight is delayed as they check the arrival time.
From Malaga Airport, you have easy access to an large number of destinations within Andalucia and the Costa del sol with english speaking drivers. Malaga airport transfers are without queues and fully insured.
There are many taxis at Malaga airport waiting for getting you to the most known places at Costa del Sol; the taxi rates are: Torremolinos € 9.00, Málaga € 12.00, Fuengirola € 23.00, Marbella € 47.00 Prices are expensivier by night.
The parking garages P-T1 (long term) and P-T2 (Short term) are in the terminals but not very extensive. Therefore there is a new site for parking, P3, which is just beyond. There is a direct free bus to and from the terminal. P3 is adjacent to the Terminal 3.
Hotels next to Malaga airport
There are no hotels at the airport. There is a hotel booking desk in Terminal 2, however we recommend making a reservation online, it would not be funny getting to Malaga and having no place to stay at summer; Find hotels in Malaga and make your reservation online or by phone if you are still not sure about where to stay as the operators from that website would recommend you depending on your preferences. They have a wide range of hotels with extensive internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
You can find dutty free shops in the commercial center at the departure hall in Terminal 2. If looking for bars and restaurants with Spanish atmosphere, go to Terminal 1, you also may find smaller shops there.
Malaga airport has no facilities for leaving luggage in custody. If your luggage gets lost, there is a desk for lost luggage at Terminal 1.
Information at airport
There are information desks at both Terminals.
Malaga airport has no business center. There are VIP lounges with telephone, fax and email devices available. VIP Lounge Costa del Sol (tel: +34 (0) 95 - 2048823) can be rented for meetings or conferences. You can find this in Terminal 2 and in Europe VIP Lounge (tel: +34 (0) 95 - 2048854) or using this email email@example.com
There are parking spaces reserved for disabled people at the terminals. All airlines help disabled people when necessary. The train station is only accessible by stairs so we don´t recommend using it if having problems to walk.
Other airport services
Malaga airport has a health center, pharmacy and many travel agencies desks.
There is an Exhibition Hall in the path between the terminals 1 and 2. Exhibits of local artists change every month, so if you've been to Malaga Airport, still worth seeing the exhibition. Opening hours: 10:00 to 13:30 and 17:00 to 21:00.
In addition, the airport of Malaga has the National Museum of Aviation which provides an overview of Spanish aviation. In the garden there is a Beechcraft B-18 original. The museum only has scale models. Moreover, there are engines and other equipment from the beginning of aviation to the present, including the pilots clothing, masks and old boards advertising airlines.
T1 arrivals hall is used for flights coming from Ceuta and Melilla, in T2 arrivals hall you can find a shopping area where you can find, among other services, bank, shop press and books and a cafeteria. Continue reading for more information about Malaga airport arrivals; the new terminal T3 at Malaga airport is located just beside T2; taxis, shuttles and buses are located at arrivals hall and departures is located in the upper floor getting and is being used as main Check-in Terminal.
Malaga airport address
Avda. García Morato
Malaga airport telephone number
Telephone: 902 404 704
Malaga Airport codes:
Malaga airport - Contact official website from AENA-Aeropuertos.es in english
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Malaga airport importance has been growing since it was classified as an airport of entry in 1946, opening the doors to national and international traffic. Check out the airport Forum or the menu on the top right for extended information.