Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP/LEMG)

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King Juan Carlos opens the new Terminal 3 to serve this fabulous resort coastline.

Internationally in demand and a strong performer in emerging markets – surprisingly, vacant route opportunities include destinations in Italy and Russia.

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • Region with strong economy − Malaga is ranked fourth in Spain in terms of economic activity.
  • The city hosts the International Association of Science and Technology Parks and an information sector initiative, Malaga Valley e-27, which seeks to make Malaga the Silicon Valley of Europe.
  • High-yield catchment area.
  • The city has very mild winters and warm to hot summers (300 days of sunshine a year).
  • Malaga has 161 kilometres of coast and 138 of those are beaches. 25 beaches in Malaga have the blue flag distinction. This is why the city is known as “the capital of Costa del Sol”.
  • Important tourism and cultural attractions (Holy Week of Malaga and the August Malaga fair).
  • Good performance of existing facilities (hotels, golf courses etc.).
  • Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport is essentially tourist-focused, and is the fourth busiest regarding total traffic in the network of Spanish airports.
  • Many private companies have rewarded the airport’s work:
    • Airport Food & Beverage Awards (FAB Awards) in 2014;
    • Most recommended European VIP lounge in 2013;
    • SWISS awarded the service provided to passengers at Malaga-Costa del Sol as the one with highest quality among the European airports where it operates (“Station of the year 2011”);
    • The Malaga-Costa del Sol expansion received an award from the Andalusia Economic Journal;
    • Malaga-Costa del Sol website received the award from the South of Malaga Daily for the best corporate website;
    • Award of the Association of Hoteliers of the Costa del Sol to Aena for the promotion of Costa del Sol.
  • The Port of Malaga is one of the busiest ports on the Mediterranean Sea and the second busiest cruise port of the Iberian Peninsula.

Costa del Sol – Costa de Golf (Marbella's Aloha Golf Club). Visitors to the region around Málaga love their luxuries – but they also appreciate affordable air travel and warmly welcomed Ryanair's decision to establish a base in 2010.

Santiago runwayAena offers airlines an extensive range of incentives. CLICK TO EXPAND

Santiago runwayAena offers airlines an extensive range of incentives. CLICK TO EXPAND

Marketing and other support

Aena offers airlines an extensive range of incentives. See the new incentive that Aena offers airlines in 2018 and discover which one suits your type of operation best:
  • For new routes;
  • For increasing number of passengers on a route: on long-haul routes, on airports with less than three million passengers and seasonal airports during the off-peak season;
  • Seasonality;
  • Off-peak days;
  • Connecting flights;
  • Freight: is exempted of cargo charge from the 5 July 2014;
  • Airport charges decrease on average by 2.2% annually until 2021.

The conditions of the Aena Incentive scheme are according to the wording included in the legislation in force. For more information please visit: http://www.aena.es/en/airlines/incentives.html


Aena collaborates on an ongoing basis with airlines on aspects such as organising events relating to first flights, advertising in media belonging to Aena, press releases, publicity on social networks, information to travel agencies associations etc. All of this is geared towards achieving greater visibility and publicity for the launch of new routes or new bases.

For more information please visit: http://www.aena.es/en/airlines/promotional-marketing.html

Potential cooperation from the Spanish Tourism Board (Tourspain): infosmile@tourspain.es

Market information: statistics and market analysis on request at airlinebox@aena.es


The map shows the population within a two-hour drive from Malaga Airport (the red square) and other airports operated by Aena in the area (Granada, Cordoba, Seville and Jerez airports). Puerto Banus – beloved of the rich and famous and the top brand names – is the region's leading port. Plans for a rival luxury complex at nearby La Bajadillo, are currently on hold.

Catchment Area

  • 30-minute catchment area: 1,148,310 population
  • 60-minute catchment area: 1,578,138 population
  • 120-minute catchment area: 3,160,979 population

I love MB and MB loves MB! Former US First Lady Michelle Obama's holiday at Marbella's Ritz Carlton Hotel Villa Padierna was a fantastic international advertisement for the Costa del Sol. The airport handled nearly 2,866 tonnes of cargo in 2017.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

Malaga Airport's new expanding infrastructure. The latest developments have seen the airport link to the suburban rail network.


  • The airport is located nine kilometres south-west of the city centre.

Road Access

  • Access to the airport from Malaga is made by the A7 road towards Algeciras. Take exit 235 towards Torremolinos to connect with the MA-21 and access the airport.
  • From the towns on the Costa del Sol, you have to go along the A7 towards Malaga and take exit 229 towards San Julián. From this exit you can connect with the MA-21, the road leading to the airport.

Bus Access

  • The A Express Line connects the city centre with the airport in just 12 minutes.
  • Line M-135 Malaga-Santa Amalia.
  • Marbella-Airport line.
  • Estepona-Airport line.
  • Long distance bus line:
    • Airport-Algeciras;
    • Airport-Seville;
    • Airport-Granada;
    • Airport-Motril.

Railway access

  • A suburban train line connects Terminal T3 with several key locations on the Costa del Sol: Fuengirola, Benalmádena, Torremolinos, Málaga María Zambrano and Málaga centre.

Infrastructure & Operations

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Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

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Vital statistics

2017 figures

  • Passengers (commercial): 2.5m domestic passengers; 16.1m international passengers.
  • Air transport movements: 96% scheduled flights; 4% charter flights.
  • Freight: 2,866 tonnes.
  • Largest carriers (Top five): Ryanair, easyJet, Vueling, Norwegian and Jet2.com.