Melilla Airport (MLN/GEML)

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Located on mainland Africa, Melilla, formerly known as Rusadir, is one of two Spanish autonomous cities, and a melting pot of four major cultures and religions (Christians, Muslims, Hebrew and Hindu). Legally belonging to the EU, but economically connected to Morocco, duty-free Melilla is an economic and cultural gateway between the two continents.

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • It is considered the gateway to Africa for its convenient location. Potential operations base for the African market without leaving the EU, and for tourists heading to Morocco who want to stay overnight in a European city.
  • Melilla Airport has implemented an Integrated Quality and Environmental Management System, certified according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards.
  • Melilla Airport has received various acknowledgements from the National Police Corps for collaboration and support with several institutions.
  • Melilla Airport was certified by the Spanish Aviation Agency (AESA), according to EU 139/2014 regulation.
  • Melilla Airport was named Best Airport by Size and Region (under 2 million passenger in Europe), at the ASQ (Airport Service Quality) awards given by the Airports Council International (ACI) in 2018 and 2019.
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Marketing and other support

Aena offers airlines an extensive range of incentives. See the new incentive that Aena offers in 2020 and discover which one suit your type of operation best:

  • Operation recovery.
  • Seasonality.
  • Off-peak days.
  • Connecting flights.
  • Freight: Exempted of cargo charge from the 5th of 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:

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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.

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Potential cooperation from the Spanish Tourism Board (Tourspain):

Market information: statistics & market analysis on request at

With a population of some 84,000 and a catchment extending beyond its borders, Melilla is an ideal starting point for businesses searching for the commercial advantages of the African market without leaving the EU.

Catchment Area

The city's commerce is a magnet for the region with over 35,000 Moroccan merchants crossing the border daily. The 'Bilbao of the South' has also developed its significant tertiary sector due to its special status as EU free-trading zone, attracting many multinationals and increasingly, tourists. The Port of Melilla recently opened Spain's most technologically advanced control facilities to enhance trade.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

  • ATTRACTIVE FISCAL AND ECONOMIC INCENTIVES. The city has “special status” within the EU which permits it to have reduced direct and indirect taxation as well as fiscal incentives and economic aid for business investment:
    • Direct taxation:
      • Corporation Tax: A subsidy of 50% will be applied to the quota corresponding to income obtained in Melilla.
    • Indirect taxation:
      • Impuesto sobre la Producción, los Servicios y la Importación (IPSI, Tax on Production, Services and Imports) is applicable (instead of VAT).
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ISO 14001 qualified since 2005, the airport now also plans to install significant solar power facilities to maximize Melilla’s sunshine assets and reduce CO2 emissions.


  • Melilla Airport is located three kilometres south-west of the autonomous city of Melilla.

Road access

  • Access to the airport is via the Carretera del Aeropuerto road, which connects it to the city and the ML-300 ring road that borders and links all the various districts in the autonomous city of Melilla.

Infrastructure & Operations

Melilla airport
  • Runways: One (1,433m).
  • Operating hours: Summer 05:50-18:30 (+1 hour Prior Permission Required); Winter 07:00-17:30 UTC (+1 hour Prior Permission Required).
  • Terminals: One.
  • AIP: Airport Information Publication (AIP)

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Vital statistics

2019 figures

  • Passengers (commercial): 434,700 domestic pax.
  • Flights: 99% scheduled; 1% charter
  • Freight: 134.5 tons
  • Largest carriers: Air Nostrum and Air Europa.