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Alicante Airport Departures

Alicante Airport is considered one of the busiest airports in Spain serving millions of passengers a year, and all through their "New Terminal" (opened in 2011) so make sure you know everything you can about departures to have an easy and hassle-free Alicante Airport departures experience.

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Departures at Alicante Airport - FAQs

How long do I need to be at Alicante Airport before flight?

The time you should arrive before a flight can differ between airlines but we'd suggest the following:

  • Non-Schengen flights: 3 hours before the expected departure time
  • Domestic and Schengen flights: 2 hours before the expected departure time

How many terminals are there at Alicante Airport

Alicante Airport does have 3 terminals, however T1 and T2 are currently closed allowing the newer NAT Terminal to handle all of Alicante Airport's passengers.

Is Alicante airport very busy?

Alicante Airport was previously listed as Spain's 3rd busiest airport, it has since slipped down to 5th but still sees millions of passengers pass through it each year.

Alicante Airport Departures Overview

Most popular airlines flying from Alicante Airport.

Airline Name Airline Code Terminal
Ryanair FR NAT
Vueling VY NAT
easyJet U2 NAT LS NAT
Norwegian DY NAT

Alicante Airport Departures Terminals

Alicante Airport has 3 terminals, however T1 and T2 are currently closed with the NAT (Nueva Area Terminal) handling all of the airport traffic. The integrated passenger terminal was opened in 2011 and manages international and domestic flights. The terminal building is has 4 floors:

  • Level P-1: Ground transportation access (buses, shuttles, private transport), accessible meeting point, food/drink vending machines, tour operator offices.
  • Level P0: Arrivals for national/international flights, access to ground transportation.
  • Level P2: Departures area with check-in desks, security and access to boarding gates. Services including - ATMs, currency exchange, children's play area, pharmacy. taxi stand, retail area, food/drink concessions.
  • Level P3: VIP Lounges, multipurpose room, meeting/conference rooms.

Once you enter departures on Level P2 and you've checked in and completed security you'll find Gates B21-35 to the east and Gates C37-50 to the north of the terminal building.

Alicante Airport Terminal Travel Information

Alicante Airport is well served by public transport and taxis, so you should find getting to and from the airport a simple process.

Alicante Airport Buses

Alicante Airport is on several bus routes providing connections to Alicante, Benidorm, Elche, Arenales del Sol and various other locations.

  • C6 Bus Line

Runs from the Alicante Airport Terminal to downtown Alicante including stops at both the Luceros and Mercado Tram stations and at RENFE station. The buses run 24/7 every 20 minutes.

  • 1A Bus Line

This bus runs from Alicante Airport to Elche via Torrellano and Parque Empresarial. The buses run between every hour (every two hours on Sat/Sun/public holidays) 07:10am to 10:10pm.

  • 1B Bus Line

The 1B bus runs from Arenales del Sol, past Alicante Airport and on to Elche via Torrellano and Parque Empresarial. This route operates from 07:10am to 10:10pm (Monday to Friday) and 06:55am to 08:55pm (Saturdays and public holidays) all year round with buses every hour (every two hours on Sat/Sun/public holidays).

  • ALSA Bus

The ALSA Bus runs from Alicante Airport to Benidorm and Calpe, taking roughly 45 minutes to Benidorm and around 1 hour 30 minutes to get to Calpe. This bus route operates from 06:00am to 11:00pm

There are other bus routes connected to Alicante Airport that provide services to other destinations, check with local transport authorities to see information on these.

Alicante Airport Taxis

Alicante Airport is served by Radio Taxi Elche who will have you in downtown Alicante in roughly 20 minutes. The taxis are easily identified by a green line crossing from the front to the back of the vehicle and a shield of the city of Elche on the front doors.

Alicante Airport Car Hire

If you'd rather be a little more independent you can always look at hiring a car to get you around the area on your own terms.

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