Alicante Elche Airport (IATA: ALC, ICAO: LEAL), also popularly known as El Altet Airport, is a Spanish airport in Aena, 5 miles southwest of Alicante. It is located in the municipal area of Elche, 6 miles east of its urban center, between the towns of El Altet and Torrellano. Because of its location, this airport serves a large part of the Spanish east.
Alicante airport traditionally, it has had significant charter traffic, although today most traffic is regular and international.
It occupies the fifth place on the Spanish airport network according to the number of passengers, after the airports of Madrid-Barajas, Barcelona airport, Palma de Mallorca and Málaga-Costa del Sol and is among the 50 most transit within Europe. Following the statistical results of December 2010, it is ranked 40th on the European airport network according to the number of passengers. In addition, it represents the largest passenger traffic airport in the Valencian Community.
Important events have taken place in the last decade, including the launch of Terminal 2 in January 2007 and the opening of a Ryanair company operating base in November 2007. This terminal expanded the airport capacity by 20% and provided a temporary passenger treatment area until the opening of the New Terminal Area, inaugurated on 23 March 2007.
2011. Its implementation means the largest expansion in the history of the airport, doubling the capacity that has existed until then. After opening, the old terminals (T-1 and T-2) are out of service for passenger traffic.