Expansion of Malaga airport

For the many of you that have been to the Costa del Sol recently or are planning to come soon, the constant work being done at the Malaga airport has probably not gone unnoticed. The work as been ongoing now for a few years and looks like completion is coming soon, Easter 2010 according to the powers that be. Not bad timing considering a lot of people talking of many western European economies should be out of recession by then.

Let me just be clear, the new terminal will be open next Easter, construction should be finished at the end of this year, and during January and February of next year a trial will be carried out so that on opening day everything will work ‘perfectly’. This will be followed by the new terminal which should be ready a several months after the Easter opening.

This expansion will almost triple its capacity and will bring its competitiveness into line with other European airports, with enough capacity for the next fifty years and will solidify its position as a major airport in Spain and Europe. The expansion should also allow for access by the new ‘super’ planes developed for those long haul flights making it a connection centre.

The new terminal will be joined to the current ones, generating a total area of 385,000m² (more than double the current 135,000m²) with the capacity to attend to 9,000 passengers per hour, that’s around 30 million travellers a year (again doubling current capacity)with 179 check-in desks and 48 boarding gates, with 7,500 pieces of luggage processed every hour.

The new runway, on completion, will allow the capacity of flights per hour to almost double, from 37 to 72.

Of course, they are not improving only the airport itself, but the surrounding infrastructure with a modern transport interchange with access to buses, taxis, private and rental vehicles and the new railway station for the Malaga-Fuengirola. Additionally two new road links will be added: the south, by way of the A-7 motorway, and the north, by way of the future ring road, which will be joined to the national MA-21 road. Furthermore, two car parks will be opened with space for 3,700 vehicles.

This vast project will not only keep Malaga competitive as a transportation and commercial area, it will also benefit tourism and property prices throughout the Costa del Sol. The Junta de Andalucía has in recent years become quite dependent on British tourists which have made up a sizable percentage of the foreign tourists flying to the Costa del Sol. They seem to have realised this and have over the last year been trying to promote the destination around the world. The new airport should allow for direct flights from most parts of the world, making it easier for Chinese, Russian, etc… tourists to visit.
Furthermore by allowing more direct flights from further a field, the average time its takes people to get to the Costa del Sol should decrease, which will allow more people to benefit (as many British, Irish, etc.. have) of shorter travelling times, thus making a second/holiday home in the sun a more convenient possibility.

News source: Sur in english

Regards
Andrew Belles

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