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Malaga Airport Update

In March the gorgeous new terminal at Malaga Airport was opened by the King of Spain and local and regional dignitaries. Since then, visitors and residents have been enjoying the facilities (volcanic ash allowing) which are a revelation after the restrictions of the old terminal! Now it’s almost worth getting to the airport a bit early to enjoy the shopping, eating and drinking options, rather than cutting it as fine as possible as you would in the old terminal.

Here are a few facts for you:

A new runway is still being completed, which will double the number of flights and passengers the airport can handle to 30 million per year

There is a new seven story car-park and improved access by road and public transport to the surrounding areas

The terminals now cover 385,000 square meters, with 180 check-in desks, 48 gates and 26 luggage belts – so you’ll need to leave a bit more time to move through the airport than before

T3 has 10,800 square meters of commercial area and now the airport as a whole has 21 restaurants and 29 shops including some you can’t find elsewhere such as Starbucks and the World’s first National Geographic store

Malaga is the 4th busiest airport in Spain and 11,622,443 passengers came through in 2009 a number expected to increase with the new terminal facilities

I travelled through the airport at the end of March and was very impressed by the space, light and excellent service we received from all the staff on security, duty-free and in the restaurant. One thing I would say though, is most things are in the area just passed the security. Don’t rush to the gates, as there’s very little past passport control!

Let us know your experience of the new Malaga airport, if you have any comments or tips of how to make the most of this great resource.  Please check out our website for self-catering accommodation Costa del Sol if you’re flying into Malaga this year.