Transport & Travel - Flying to Spain
The easiest way to get to the Costa del Sol from the UK is to fly. More than 20 airports currently connect Málaga to the UK, and the average flight time is less than two and a half hours.
Flying to Spain
As with most trans-European flights, there are some great deals to be had, provided you book well in advance. Winter flights are cheaper for obvious reasons, but if you are able to plan at least six months ahead, there should be no reason why a return flight to Málaga should break the bank, even in the height of summer.
In addition to the usual suspects (the Holy Trinity of easyJet, Ryanair and Monarch tend to have most corners of the UK and Ireland covered), British Airways, Iberia, Spanair, Air Berlin, Air Europa and BMI Baby also have regular, low-cost routes. In fact, it’s pretty difficult NOT to find a low cost flight to Málaga from most places in Northern Europe, such is its popularity.
The expansion of Málaga airport in 2010 cost an estimated €1bn, but it was money well spent. The old airport had the tired, sweaty look of a typically neglected and dusky corner of the Mediterranean, which is exactly what Málaga was for a time. Today, the gleaming, modern, cavernous and ultra sleek airport is indicative of the city and region itself – confident, progressive and here to stay.
The airport is located on the shoulder of the city, and is surrounded by car rental companies, car parks and – a little down the slip road towards the N340 – a San Miguel brewery. Serendipitous geography or a rare case of fantastic Spanish forethought? Who knows, but the assault to the senses that is the memorable Mediterranean sunlight, the sultry heat and the sight of Spain’s best beer being bottled before your eyes usually proves so captivating that most visitors instantly fall head over heels with the Costa del Sol.
The improved and expanded airport – now connected daily to more than 100 European cities - will facilitate millions more such love affairs over the coming decade.
Málaga airport factsheet
- Málaga airport is the oldest Spanish airport still in its original location
- The airport originally opened in 1919
- Its IATA code is AGP
- Expansions to the airport were completed in 1968, 1972, 1991, 1995 and, most recently, in 2010
- A second runway opened at the airport in 2012
- Terminal 3 has the largest food hall in Europe and can process 9,000 passengers an hour
- After handling 13.5 million passengers in 2007, numbers fell to 11 million in 2009, but rose to 13.7 million in 2014, the airport's busiest year to date
- Its busiest route is London-Gatwick