Construction on the new Terminal 3 at Málaga Airport lasted for 4 years but the 15th March 2010 saw the inauguration of potentially one of the single most important advances to the Costa del Sol Community, with the official opening of the New Terminal at Malaga Airport conducted by King Juan Carlos.
The Ministry of Development invested 370 Million euros in the building of the new terminal as part of AENA’s ‘Plan Málaga’ for the modernization and expansion of the airport. The improvements have included new parking for 2.500 cars over 7 floors, a new General Aviation building, a security and services centre, a new cargo terminal as well as the new terminal 3. The expansion allows more direct flights due an increasing number of passengers. The new terminal is adjacent to Terminal 2 is more than double the size of the existing terminal. It also has the largest food hall in Europe and the very first National Geographic Shop in the World.
The second runway is completed and due to open in the first quarter of 2012 after it has undergone rigorous safety tests. It occupies 860.000m2 of the 2 million m2 devoted to the new phase of improvements. The new runway area includes 4 runway access routes and 6 exits and parking for 27 planes.
In 2010 Málaga Airport handled 12,064,616 passengers, 105,631 flight operations and 3,063 tonnes of cargo.