The airport is located 8km (5 miles) southwest of Málaga City.
Malaga airport's history begins on the 9th of March 1919 when a Salmson 2A aircraft was flying over the city in search of somewhere to land.The aircraft eventually landed on a strip of land called ¨El Rompedizo¨. Pierre Latécoère was one of the passengers on the aircraft who was looking for locations in Spain in which to install different air bases His aim was to establish a commercial airline linking France with its African colonies via Spain, which later was to extend on to South America.
On the 1st September 1919, after a few test flights, Didier Daurat, the future first director of Malaga aerodrome, inaugurated the scheduled flight service between Toulouse, Barcelona, Alicante, Malaga, Tangiers and Casablanca. Of the Spanish airports, Malaga is the only one to have remained in its original location. In 1937, Malaga airport became an air base with schools for crew and the Air Force and was opened for domestic and international traffic on the 12th July 1946. All passenger services were carried out in the air base buildings as a passenger terminal was not opened until 1948.
Expansion work took place during the 1960´s, and the airport, after being known as ¨El Rompedizo¨ and ¨García Morato¨, became officially recognised as Malaga airport in September 1965. It is the name by which it is still known today. The new passenger terminal was officially opened on the 29th January 1968, when both domestic and international services transferred from their old locations.
The continual growth of traffic meant that a new terminal building had to be built, which was finally opened to the public on the 30th November 1991. It was named after the famous Malaga-born artist ¨Pablo Ruiz Picasso¨. The terminal, which was designed by Ricardo Bofill, has two independent floors which separate arrivals from departures. In November 2002, the development of the airport was taken a step further with the opening of a modern control tower and in 2007, Malaga airport will have a new terminal area which will increase its capacity to twenty million passengers a year.
Of Spanish airports today Malaga holds 4th position in terms of traffic as the airport handled 12,046,283 passengers in 2004.The airport is essentially tourist focused. It has flights to seventeen different Spanish cities, as well as flights to sixty European capitals including destinations to America, Asia and Africa, and because of the tourist industry along the coastline, the airport has made constant improvements of the facilities for passengers.
Malaga is linked with the rest of the towns on the Costa del Sol via the E-15 and the N-340 motorways.
- There are 2 car parks and the charges are: first hour, 1.22 €; each additional hour, 0.89 €; daily rate, 9.05 €; and a lost ticket is charged at the daily rate of 9.05 €
- Train services to and from the airport. Refer to the airport web page for departure times and information.
- Bus services to and from the airport. Refer to the airport web page for departure times and information
- Taxi services from the airport. Refer to the airport web page for tariffs charged and what you should expect to pay to arrive at your destination.
The airport offers the following facilities:
- 9 bars/restaurants
- Disabled facilities
- Unicaja Bank Monday – Saturday 9.00am - 1.30pm and from 4pm - 7.30pm Sunday from 9.00am – 3.30pm
- 3 cash point machines
- Money exchange (Quick Change) from 7am – 11pm (modified depending on flight arrivals)
- 10 car hire companies represented
- 3 VIP Lounges contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details
- Meeting Room This can be hired for business meetings, conferences, company meetings etc. Bookings must be made in advance. email@example.com
- 7 Information service points for passengers for help and guidance
- Post Office
- Monday to Friday 08:30am – 2.30pm; Saturdays 09:30am - 1pm
- Lost Property
- Chapel from 8am – 10pm Catholic Mass every Sunday at 10.30am
- First Aid
- Meeting point
- Recreation Area
- Baby Changing Facilities
- The recent expansion of the shopping area has turned the airport into a large shopping and entertainment centre in which 20 shops of all kinds can be found (food, toys, fashion, accessories, sports, decoration, music, optician, perfumery and cosmetics, etc.),
- The ¨Didier Daurat¨ Hall is where you will find temporary exhibitions by artists
- The National Museum of Airports and Air Transport, located in the first terminal of the Malaga airport, houses over 1,500 pieces from around Spain related to the history of aviation. 9am- 1pm (Monday to Thursday); 5pm – 8pm (Tuesday); 10am – 2pm (Saturdays).