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Malaga is the fourth busiest airport in Spain after Madrid-Barajas, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca Airport, serving mainly expats and holidaymakers heading for the Costa del Sol. The airport is located some 8 km / 5 miles southwest of Malaga and situated just 5 km / 3.1 mile from Torremolinos, one of the most popular resorts at the Costas.
Serving more than 60 countries with flights, Malaga arrivals come from all over Europe, the Middle East and even from as far away as North American and Africa. As one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations and a mecca for the beachside expat, the Costa del Sol’s gateway is simply Malaga Airport. Spain is in fourth position as one of the world’s favourite holiday destinations and over the past two years has seen a large increase in tourist numbers with overnight stays in hotel accommodation being up significantly, as well as self-catering holiday letting being on the up.
The region of Andalucía is one of Spain’s most popular, offering a huge number of tourist attractions. Arrivals at Malaga can use budget airlines such as Air Europe, Vueling and Air Berlin, Ryanair and Aer Lingus as well as major airlines such as Air France and Austrian Airlines to name but a few. From London to Birmingham, from Paris to Bucharest, there are flight connections for Malaga arrivals to choose from that cover the world.
Malaga Airport arrivals have three terminal buildings with facilities and amenities at their disposal; however, these rather vary depending on the age of the terminal building. Terminal 1 is the oldest of the three buildings and is about to undergo major refurbishment and redevelopment. Terminal 2 offers better facilities for passengers but is also undergoing redevelopment to cope with the large number of passengers arriving and departing every day.
Most arrivals at Malaga take place at Terminal 3, which was inaugurated in 2010. Departures at Malaga have 86 check-in counters and 20 new boarding gates at their disposal, where arrivals are offered 12 baggage reclaim carousels from where to retrieve their belongings. Malaga Airport arrivals are treated to the largest food hall in Europe at Terminal 3 and with a little time at their hands they can visit the first National Geographic store in the world as well as find the famous brand of Addidas at the terminal’s store.
For a quick bite to eat prior to taking one of the many resort coaches leaving from the underground transportation hub and bus station at the airport, Malaga Airport arrivals have snack bars like Burger King, Starbucks and Pizza Hut as well as cafes, bars and full restaurant services for their use.
The airport is connected to Malaga and the Costa del Sol resorts via motorway Ma-21, which is also known as the Torremolinos to Malaga route.
Terminal 3 arrivals at Malaga have direct access from the arrivals areas to the Transportation Hub below the airport buildings, where bus and suburban train services take passengers to the coastal resorts. Bus tickets for the coaches and city buses can be bought directly at terminal 3 from the machines located at the exit of the arrivals area. City buses, intercity buses and long-distance coaches are all available from this hub. City buses to Malaga take around 15 minutes to reach the centre.
The suburban trains link terminal 3 with the towns of Fuengirola, Malaga and Torremolinos. It takes just 10 minutes to reach Torremolinos and 12 minutes to travel to the centre of Malaga.
Arrivals at Malaga can also travel by taxi. The taxi rank is located outside Terminal 3 by the arrivals area.
For more information about Malaga arrivals, please visit the official airport website at http://www.aena-aeropuertos.es.Back to top