Alicante Airport (ALC/LEAL)

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Besides its own 5.5 million catchment are and core inbound tourism, Alicante is also growing and diversifying its events business, and is the current host of the start of the around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race. This event is held every three years with the 12th edition of the race set to start from Alicante on 4 October 2014.

Other Major reasons to serve this airport

  • Well known tourist destination with a complete offer of beaches, leisure and culture.
  • In Alicante province there are 200 coast kilometers known as Costa Blanca.
  • The most important festival, the Bonfires of Saint John, takes place during the summer solstice
  • Alicante is one of the fastest-growing cities in Spain.
  • Important second residence for European tourism.
  • Catchment area of 5.5 million population.
  • 520 lodgings in Alicante region.


Alicante marketing

The new terminal opened in March 2011.

Marketing and other support

  • Incentives are available in the Spanish airports in 2014:
    • Passenger growth incentive: 75% discount in the passenger charge, for the additional passengers on a route to the same destination (50% in 2014 and 25% in 2015). 100% discount in the passenger charge if the route is to a new destination (75% in 2014 and 25% in 2015).
    • Transfer incentive: 30% discount on passenger and security charges for the connecting passengers.
    • Cargo Incentive: 100% reduction in cargo charge for connecting flights. 50% reduction in cargo charge for international flights.
  • PR support for new routes such as:
    • Opening flight ceremony: a press release, water cannon salute at the opening flight.
    • Promotional discounts: Discount at the Airport’s parking for the passengers of the new route, discounts at participating airport F&B points, discount at the Airport’s VIP lounge for the passengers.
    • Promotion of the new route: Promotion of the new route at Aena’s web page and social networks.
    • Publicity at the airport: Space at the airport for publicity.
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  • Potential cooperation from the Spanish Tourism Board (Tourspain):
  • Market information: statistics & market analysis upon request at

Substantial 5.5 million local catchment - virtually unlimited inbound.

Catchment Area

  • 30 minutes: 1,248,793
  • 60 minutes: 2,826,839
  • 120 minutes: 5,489,968

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

Alicante offers access to the resiliant and afflunet Costa Blanca economy. Five new routes were launched in the 2011 summer season alone.


  • Alicante Airport is located at 9 km to the southwest of the capital, in the municipality of Elche.

Road Access:

  • Airport access is via the A-7 and N-332. The distance between the urban centre of Alicante and the turnoff for the airport is 8 kilometres.

Bus Access:

  • Several bus lines connect the airport with the centre of Alicante, the towns of Torrellano, Elche, Benidorm, Calpe, Santa Pola, Guardamar and Torrevieja, and the city of Murcia.
  • Alicante-Airport, Line C6 (connection with regional rail network TRAM)
  • Elche-Airport-Arenales del Sol, Line 1B
  • Elche-Airport, Line 1A
  • Benidorm-Airport line
  • Murcia-Airport line
  • Torrevieja-Airport line
  • Santa Pola-Airport line

Train Access

  • Alicante Airport is connected by the C-6 bus route to the different Train-tram and tram routes of Alicante’s TRAM Metropolitano, linking the city centre with towns on the Costa Blanca, including El Campello, La Vila Joiosa, Benidorm, L’Alfàs del Pi, Altea, Calp, Benissa, Gata, Teulada and Denia.

Infrastructure & Operations:

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

For more Alicante regional information go to:

Vital statistics

2012 figures

  • Passengers (commercial): 1,409,154 domestic pax; 7,429,695 international pax.
  • Air transport movements: 91% regular flights; 9% charter flights.
  • Frieght: 2,500 tons.
  • Largest carriers (Top 10): Ryanair, easyJet, Monarch Airlines, airberlin, Vueling,, Norwegian,, Thomson Airways and Iberia Express


Airport charges

Annual report