Malaga Costa del Sol airport

Malaga Costa del Sol AirportFor people who have bought a property for sale in Marbella and for expats living in Spain, Malaga airport is THE Costa del Sol airport.

Indeed it was recently renamed to “Malaga-Costa del Sol” airport and it serves the southern coast of Spain and inland areas. If you are a Spanish property owner or a holiday maker in Marbella, Puerto Banus, Estepona, Torremolinos, Fuengirola, Malaga, Nerja or indeed any town in Andalucia, you will use the Malaga Costa del Sol airport for travel.

For people coming to Andalucia there are also other airports in Seville, Granada and Gibraltar but the airport at Malaga is by far the biggest and is the 3rd largest in Spain.

Malaga Costa del Sol Airport

Malaga Costa del Sol airport has served many millions of Spanish home owners and tourists and well, making it easy to discover the Spanish culture and the Costa del Sol’s beaches. UK Passengers make up the biggest portion of travellers to Malaga airport with London Gatwick and Manchester routes being the busiest European routes from Malaga.

Malaga Costa del Sol airport first opened in 1919 and has since gone through many changes mainly because the numbers of passengers and destinations have increased enormously.

Terminal 2 was opened in 1991 and just a decade later plans were being made for a new Terminal 3. This new terminal would be more than twice the size of Terminal 2.

Terminal 3 was opened in March 2010 by King Juan Carlos. It’s made of mostly steel and glass it is a much classier, shinier, brighter place for Spanish homeowners and tourists to travel to and from.


Malaga Costa del Sol airport is surrounded by car parks, official and unofficial. At the time of writing the cost was from just 3 euros per day for a short term visit which makes leaving your own Spanish car at the airport very cost effective, especially compared to the UK where you can easily pay 10 pounds a day for “near airport” parking.

Surrounding the airport are a vast selection of long term parking companies. These are places where you drop off your car, you get chauffeured to the airport, and when you are back, they will pick up up again.

These places are fantastic and incredible cheap. Some charge less than 3€ per day and will clean your car included in the price.

Your car usually stays in the car company’s warehouse and is safe and secure while you are away.

Car hire

If you are a Spanish homeowner then it’s likely you will own your car. However, if you are visiting the area with a view to buying a new property in Spain, a car will make it much easier for you to view explore areas more hassle-free. The lower floor of the main airport car park is home to the car hire companies.


No doubt if you are looking to buy a property for sale in Marbella or returning to your Spanish home you will want to take some souvenirs with you. There is a big duty free shop that is full of all sorts of Spanish merchandise, including obvious cheap beer, wine and spirits and tobacco and cigarettes. Malaga airport is also home to the first National Geographic store in the world.

Bars and restaurants

A Marbella property owner will not go hungry en route. Malaga airport has the largest food hall in Europe offering full meals to quick snacks. Spain is very welcoming to tourists and homeowners and in tourist areas most people will speak English. You will find there is a big variety of food including the traditional paella.

Airlines and routes

The biggest percentage of flights into Malaga airport are operated by Ryanair and Easyjet. There are many other airlines using Malaga airport, most are European flights but some are transatlantic flights to Malaga. There are several daily flights to Malaga-Costa del Sol airport from most of the major airports in the UK. These include:

  • London Gatwick
  • Stansted
  • Luton
  • Heathrow
  • East Midlands
  • Bristol
  • Birmingham
  • Leeds-Bradford
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle
  • Glasgow
  • Edinburgh

Airlines that fly here from the UK include:

  • British Airways
  • Easyjet
  • Ryanair
  • Flybe
  • Jet2
  • Thomson
  • Monarch
  • Aer Lingus

Living in Spain and being a Marbella property owner or a property owner near Malaga the airport makes a travellers life easy. There are so many destinations you can reach. Once you live in the sun, your holidays take on a new dimension. A get-away break to the sun is no longer necessary but travel to the UK for family and exploring new destinations become more important.

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