By Chris King • 09 October 2021 • 1:12
Malaga airport to receive €88.3 million investment.
Malaga Costa del Sol airport is to get a facelift of around €88.3 million between 2022 and 2026. This was announced on Friday, October 8, by Spanish airport operator Aena, with a proposed investment that will enable the facility to handle up to 30 million passengers annually by 2026.
This plan is contained in Aena’s Airport Regulation Document (DORA II), their five-year roadmap to improve Spanish airports. It is estimated that by 2026, Malaga will be experiencing around 150,810 flights annually, carrying around 20,778,145 passengers to Andalucia’s main hub.
It is hoped that during 2022, Malaga can recover to match the same rate as 2007, when around 13.5 million passengers passed through the facility.
After Madrid, Barcelona, and Palma de Mallorca, the DORA II document confirms that Malaga airport remains the fourth most important in Spain as far as passenger numbers are concerned.
Maurici Lucena, president and CEO of Aena commented, “this DORA provides stability, and will be the necessary boost to guarantee an environmentally sustainable recovery in the airline and tourism sectors”, adding, “the great challenge of the sector for the next five years will be to recover the levels of air traffic prior to the pandemic, and work together with the airlines to achieve that common objective”.
Focused on energy efficiency and sustainability, Dora II outlines a global strategy of investments and priorities by Aena. In the period between 2022 and 2026, they have allocated around €2.25 for its network of airports.
€88.3 million of this fund will be allocated to Malaga, to carry out airfield improvements, and to upgrade the terminal. Aena will also spend €155.8 on other airports in Andalucia. A total of €37.1 has been allocated to Sevilla; €14.8 million to Granada; €10.9 million to Jerez; €3.6 million to Almeria, and €750,000 for Cordoba airport.
Around 5.5 million passengers are expected to pass through Sevilla airport in 2022, a figure that is estimated to rise to around 7.2 million by 2026. Granada should achieve 948,659 in 2022, with a predicted 1,244,046 passengers by 2026, as reported by surinenglish.com.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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