Following the opening of Málaga Costa del Sol Airport’s Terminal 3 a second runway, which experts consider already to be 80 per cent complete, is to be initiated in 2012.
Already one of the busiest airports in Spain, a further runway will enable Aeropuerto Málaga Costa del Sol to welcome even more tourists. The pace of construction has exceeded expectations, but the necessity for tests to check calibration and quality will mean that this new landing strip will open for business very early next year.
Early figures indicate that the new terminal (commonly known as T3) has already helped to double capacity, also providing the airport with a glossy new image that has been favourably received by visitors. Figures published by AENA indicate that, since November 2010, 9.5 million passengers have passed through the new terminal on a total of 80,000 flights.
This massive improvement project has extended to the situation outside the terminals’doors: the airport is now a real transport hub, designed to help holidaymakers and visitors reach their final destination on the Costa del Sol with the minimum of inconvenience. The new station provides a regular train service to the centre of Málaga, while taxi ranks, buses and plentiful car hire companies are on hand to whisk new arrivals to their hotels or self-catering accommodation.
These timeous improvements will help to maintain the Costa del Sol’s reputation as a top holiday draw. Reports that appeared in Britain’s newspapers this month indicate that Spain is fast reclaiming its hot popularity with UK tourists, as rising fuel prices and economic belt-tightening make long-haul destinations less attractive.
In June 2011 alone 1.5 million Britons visited Spain, an increase of 80,000 on the same time last year; many of these people were heading for the Costa del Sol.
Photos courtesy of AENA