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T3 Málaga Airport saw 12 million passengers last year

Photo: AENA

Wednesday (March 16th) marks the first anniversary of the opening of the new terminal T3 at Málaga Airport.

The extension has enabled more than 12.15 million passengers to pass through this part of the airport, according to data Spanish Airports and Air Navigation (Aena).

The travel hub has seen an increase of traffic between March 2010 and February this year – February being the last month to collate the relevant data for the anniversary – as it has enabled the launch of a number of important new routes and has contributed to airport travel growth by 4.5% over the previous 12 months.

These figures are made all the more impressive when considering the negative effects of the economic crisis, the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud, the record rainfall of last year and the air controllers’ dispute of last December.

Terminal 3 has been used by all travellers to and from Málaga because of the current layout. Despite some passengers’flights requiring check-in to be completed at Terminal 2, security checks for boarding are made at Terminal 3 and so it is impossible to avoid it.

T3 was inaugurated on March 15, 2010 by King Juan Carlos and the impressive and modern building is spread over an approximate area of 250,000 square metres.

It has the largest food hall in Europe and the first National Geographic store in the world.

New road access routes are nearing completion of works. The new routes will provide alternatives to drivers travelling to and from the airport to head north, east and west of Málaga.

The new underground railway network has a stop at the airport for tourist convenience and three trains per hour, instead of the current two, will run along it from the summer.

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