Malaga Airport News
From 15 October, companions of travellers will be allowed to access the airport terminals. Entry will, however, be limited during moments of significant passenger flows to prevent crowds. Previously as a Covid measure it was not posible without pre-authorisation (for assisted passengers) for friends and relatives to acompany passengers into the terminal.
Malaga airport achieves a five star anti-covid score
Malaga Airport has achieved the highest anti-COVID score of five stars for its hygiene and safety processes. The COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating is assessed through the effectiveness and consistency of an airport’s anti-COVID measures in areas such as terminal cleanliness, cleaning and disinfection procedures, organisation and control of passenger flows around the airport, and control of social distancing and face mask usage (amongst other things). Malaga is amongst six of Aena airports to be awarded this score.
Toilets to be remodelled
The airport operator of Malaga airport, Aena, has invested almost 2.5 million euros to remodel the airport’s toilets.
In addition to all airport toilets being updated, two specialised toilets will be built. One toilet will be specially designed for families, and one will bd optimized for accessibility, with adapted toilets and more spacious cubicles.
This contract, for which a total of six companies submitted offers, will take 23 months to complete and will affect more than a dozen services in certain areas of the airport, particularly in public access areas and shipping docks. Disruption will be kept to a minimum, however.
Malaga airport relocates the arrivals area
Malaga Airport has relocated its arrivals waiting area to an open-air courtyard. It is no long possible to enter the terminal building without a boarding pass. The new meeting and waiting point is easy to locate, as it can be seen from a distance and from all points of the arrivals area. A recovered aeronautical beacon is at the centre of the square, serving as a memorable landmark.
These aeronautical beacons were used until the 1950s. In the case of the beacon installed in the arrivals square, it would have emitted a blue or white flashing light. It was used primarily to indicate the position of the airport and announce to the pilots if the landing area had adequate visibility. It had the added feature of being able to rotate at different speeds, which allowed coded messages to be emitted.
Centenery marks a record number of passengers at Malaga airport
Malaga Airport has surpassed its own records, finishing 2019 with more than 19.8 million passengers. This marks an increase of 4.4 per cent since 2018. Operations also saw an increase, with just under 145,000 take-offs and landings. The increase in traffic was due to the sustained growth of both domestic and international air travel, with numbers of passengers increasing by 7.5 per cent and 4 per cent respectively. This is an auspicious announcement, coming on the 100 year anniversary of the airport’s establishment. Officials were happy to announce that since 1919, the airport has now served more than 400 million passengers.
Malaga Airport celebrates its centenary with a commemorative flight. At 10.30 hrs local time on 9 March 1919, the airports first test flight was carried out. To commemorate one hundred years of Malaga airport, two small planes flew the same route. On their descent, the two planes flew under plumes of water expelled by firefighter vehicles, in a ceremony known as the ‘water salute’. The director of the Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport, Salvador Merino, welcomed the crews of both teams and made this statement: “This year, in Malaga, we are celebrating. It is a century since one of the most important public infrastructures in the province and the region was established and became the engine of economic development and guarantor of social cohesion.”
The second runway, costing more than 470 million euro to build, increases the number of flight movements from 37 to 72 per hour. It was officially opened on the 26th June 2012. On September 30th 2012 is was closed to save money. It is now reopened on Saturdays and Sundays in July and August and September and certain days over the Christmas period. On the 1 August 2015 a record 457 flights (landing and takeoff) were recorded in a single day. In October 2015 the air controler's trade union (UCSA) called for the permanent opening of the runway. Statistics have shown that traffic was also high on other days when the runway was closed and delays were caused. They also cited incidents of when the main runway had to be closed and flights were diverted to Seville. On 24 October 2014 an object on the runway caused delays and on the 7th September 2015 heavy rain cause the ILS (instrument landing system) to become inoperative.
New Pharmacy open in Termina Three
There is now an extra pharmacy located in terminal three. It can be found opposite check-in desk, next to the Iberia sales desk. This is convenient for those who do not wish to walk all the way to terminal one.
Free Wifi extended to 30 minutes
30 minutes of free Wi-Fi will now be availble to all passengers and visitors to the airport. This has been extended from 15 minutes of connection. You have to register and give an email and will have the chance to pay extra for more time and faster speeds. There is two hour 'free' access in the VIP lounge.
Malaga Airport uses GBAS technology
Malaga Airport became the 1st airport in Spain and the second in Europe to use the new landing precision system known as GBAS (Ground Based Augmentation System). At 04.30 hrs on 6th May 2014 an Air Berlin flight arriving from Palma de Mallorca used the new technology to land at Malaga AGP. The technology consists of a station on the ground which references antennae on the runway in order for the pilot to establish an extremely precise guidance signal. This would be particularly useful during bad weather.
Free wifi now available at Malaga Airport
It was announced on 25 July that from that 15 minutes of free Wi-Fi will now be available to all passengers and visitors to the airport. This follows the news from April 2013 when it was announced that Kubi Wireless had won a bid to provide the internet. Users will not have to pay anything for the first 15 minutes of connection but will have the chance to pay extra for more time and faster speeds.
Vueling to fly all year round between Cardiff and Malaga
Due to a successful 2012 summer season, Vueling will now start offering flights all year round between Cardiff and Malaga in 2013. Flights between the Welsh capital and the Costa del Sol will now operate year round on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with an extra flight on Wednesdays during August and September. The airline is also adding the additional flights to their schedule between Cardiff and Alicante. The new winter flights are on sale as of Thursday 23rd May.
Work starts on exclusive airport shopping and restaurant area
Work has started to transform a 210 square metre area of the airport into an boutique shopping precinct. The zone will house designer labels such as Gucci and Loewe (other brands to be confirmed) and double Michelin star chef Dani Garcia's lastest haute cuisine restaurant.The transformation will mean that Malaga will join Madrid and Barcelona as one of the few airports to cater to big-spending travellers.
The project will create 50 new jobs during the construction stage and although works will not affect normal activity at the airport, they will be put on hold during the busy summer season between July and September. If all goes to plan, the shops and restaurant will be open to the public by March 2014.
Free Wi-Fi to be available in Malaga Airport
AENA announced this week that all travellers at Malaga airport will soon have access to 15 minutes of free Wi-Fi.The company Kubi Wireless won a bid to offer the service at 28 airports across Spain, including five in the region of Andalucia: Malaga, Sevilla, Frederico García Lorca Granada-Jaen, Jerez and Almería.
After the primary 15 minutes of Wi-Fi usage, users will have the opportunity to pay for extra time with higher internet speeds.
Ryanair set to link Málaga AGP with Baden-Baden Germany
How would you like to fly to Germany for just 9,99€? That is how Ryanair has chosen to announce upcoming service between Baden-Baden Germany and Málaga Airport. The tickets are part of the low-cost carrier’s promotional strategy for flights that are set to begin at the end of March 2012.
If all goes well, Ryanair will connect the two destinations with weekly flights every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The reason for the increased service to and from Germany is none other than recognition of the country’s economic importance even during times of financial upheaval. It is hoped that the new connection will encourage Germans to take advantage of low cost flights to Spain as they seek to escape the cold in search of warm sunny beaches.
The MÁlaga Airport Museum Serves Local Schools
Thousands of school children have visited the Málaga Airport Museum and enjoyed a wide range of educational activities offered by the facility. In June 2009, the 10,000th student passed through the doors. Since then, educators continue to arrive with busloads of students ready to learn more about airports, aviation and particularly the history of both in Málaga.
Currently the museum offers educational tours and programs for children and young people aged 4 to 18 years old. The entire experience takes about 2.5 hours and includes educational materials. For more information, ring 952 048 799.
Moroccan Airlines Flies into the 2011/12 Winter Season
Good news for passengers flying between Málaga Airport and Casablanca, Morocco. Royal Air Maroc has announced it will increase the number of winter flight connections between the two cities during the 2011/2012 season beginning November 1st.
Normally Air Maroc reduces the number of weekly flights from seven to five flights per week after the summer. This year, however, winter will continue to see daily flights to Morocco seven days a week. Once in Casablanca, travelers enjoy connections to other cities throughout the country as well as continuing flights across Africa.
AENA (Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea) is the 51% state owned company that manages 45 airports in Spain including Malaga - Costa del Sol. Since 2015 49% of the shares have been traded on the Madrid Stock exchange.