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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Flying to Malaga?

Malaga is one of the busiest airports in Spain that serves some of the most well known tourist destinations all along the Costa del Sol, serving the likes of Fuengirola, Torremolinos, Estepona, Benalmadena and Marbella.

For the last few years Malaga airport has been undergoing a huge overhaul with a revamp of exisiting facilities as well as with construction of a massive new terminal and a 2nd runway after estimates suggest that Malaga airport would be handing around 20 million passengers by the year 2015 and finally, the fruits of this labour can be seen.

The new terminal is actually hard to miss as it sits just beside one of the existing terminal buildings and is due for final completion any time. It will house no fewer than 21 food and drink establishments including 2 burger bars, 2 sandwich bars, 3 ice cream stores and 3 beer and tapas places as well as 24 shops selling the usual airport fare including souvenirs and local Andalucian products.

For an airport that currently already handles around 4,500 passengers per hour, there is not a great deal of shopping to be done in the airport so the new terminal will be eagerly awaited.

The vast majority of the work has already been completed but once construction ends there will be a testing phase to ensure everything meets strict regulations and can handle the anticipated numbers.

If you plan on driving away from the airport or have car hire booked then it is advisable to leave extra time for your journey as access roads have been changed around and traffic can build up peak times with the works going on. It is also worth making sure you know where to return your car as there are a number of car hire companies who operate on site as well as those who are just a minute's drive from the main airport buildings.


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