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Basic info and car hire in Alicante Airport

  • IATA airport code: ALC

  • ICAO airport code: LEAL

  • Full name: Alicante–Elche Airport

  • Location: Elche

  • Hub for: Air NostrumEvelop AirlinesVueling, Ryanair

  • Website: Alicante Airport

  • Contact: +34 902 404 704, alcinfo@aena.es

  • Owner: ENAIRE

  • Elevation:  43 m / 141 ft

  • Number of runways: 1

About Alicante Airport

The Alicante – Elche airport is situated in eastern Spain and presents your best option, if you plan to visit the Costa Blanca. With a car hire at Alicante Airport you can travel the coast freely, discover random sandy beaches and enjoy the commodity of your travel. Probably only football fans can relate to the word Elche, so let us explain that Elche is the name of the suburban town close to Alicante. For a long time the airport was called simply Alicante airport, but through stubborn fight, the name of the location of the airport was acknowledged in the official name of the airport. The busiest routes from Alicante-Elche are to UK, London Gatwick and Manchester airports, followed by Amsterdam airport. However, Alicante has also very huge number of inland flights. The busiest airlines are Ryanair, EasyJet and Vueling, and in 2016 12,5 million people were walking about Alicante-Elche’s premises.

Drive your rental car around Alicante Airport

It’s not a secret and it never even was, that what everybody comes for in Alicante is the sea. The city and the entire area is a perfect seaside spot for families, as the entire eastern coast is full of small beaches and – parking spots! With a car hire at Alicante you will be able to explore at your own pace. Car hires in Spain are not expensive and there are many providers – and it’s all due to Spain being the perfect rent a car country. The drivers follow the traffic rules and rarely will you see an imprudent driver. Even the centre of Alicante can as such be easily driven through. It’s so simple: find a parking spot and discover the Castle of Santa Barbara, Explanada de Espana, MARQ Museum, Mercado Central (central market) and enjoy life the Spanish way! Alicante makes a great starting point to discover its neighbour cities – Murcia, Valencia, Benidorm, and even Cartagena are a drive away – make a hotel reservation in one of these cities and you will not be sorry for the additional travel on the road. The roads are in relatively good conditions, bear in mind the majority of Spain’s highways are free of charge, the ones signed with AP (AutoPista) are however payable – the passage between Cartagena and Benidorm equals some 18 EUR (2,4 EUR at every toll booth).

Services in Alicante Airport


Any traveller in the business class gets to enjoy Alicante’s VIP Lounge. There’s a meeting room available, computers, TV, various press, magazines and free WiFi. If you’re traveling with children, you can find some interesting games and puzzles for them, as well.


Your family will feel completely comfortable inside the airport – it’s a modern building, clean and with all the needed facilities to take care of your children. Baby changing room, first aid kit and entertainment for your youngsters. Of course, you might have to keep them off the vending machines, but there are also healthier snack bars available.


There are power sockets available, in case you need to charge your computer or cell-phone, there are 24-hour restaurants available and there is free internet access. For everyone who wants to sleep at the airport – find a private spot on the floor and wait for the airport lights to turn dim.

History of Alicante Airport

La Rabassa airport in Alicante was the city’s first airport operating from 1936, however in 1967 the works on the new airport finished and so El Altet airport opened on 4th of May. Its strategic position on the eastern coast allows the airport to grow and strengthen its position by covering the Region of Murcia, the Valencian province and of course Alicante city. In 1970’s the airport opened its second terminal, thus making room to accept over 2 million passengers yearly. If we fast forward to some other renovations, the airport in 2011 opens yet another terminal and is ready to accept over 20 million passengers. With low-cost airline Ryanair and home-made Iberia, a very successful Spanish airline company, the Alicante airport has never seen such numbers turn – of both passengers and flights. The record was made on 23 July 2016, when an impressive 58,000 passengers passed through the airport in a day and 347 flights occurred – every 3 minutes.

Petrol stations near Alicante Airport

Alicante-Elche airport is located some 10 km from the city, so you can stop at a petrol station to fill up the tank. Nevertheless, there is E.S. Altet station on your way to finish with the car hire at Alicante airport – just head east on the main road and you will not miss it. Returning the car with the necessary amount of fuel is extremely important, so make sure to have enough time to arrange this before the drop-off.