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Málaga Airport (IATA: AGP, ICAO: LEMG), also known as Pablo Ruiz Picasso Airport, is the fourth busiest airport in Spain after Madrid Barajas, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca and also the main international airport for the Costa Del Sol. It is 8 km (5.0 mi) southwest of Málaga and 5 km (3.1 mi) north of Torremolinos. The airport has flight connections to over 60 countries worldwide, and 11,622,443 passengers passed through it in 2009. The airport currently operates with three terminals. The third terminal adjacent to the previous two opened 15 March 2010, of which flight operations from the terminal started the following day. A second runway is expected to open at the end of 2010.
Málaga Airport is the international airport of Andalucia accounting for 85 percent of its international traffic and is the only one offering a wide variety of international destinations. The airport, connected to the Costa Del Sol, has a daily link with twenty cities in Spain and over one hundred cities in Europe. Direct flights also operate to Africa, the Middle East and North America. In 2009 Málaga was the 33rd busiest airport in Europe.
Terminal 3 (styled as T3) is a brand new Terminal at Málaga Airport. Plans for construction started in 2001 and construction started in 2004. It was expected to open in 2008 but it was delayed to 2009. it was then delayed again and the workers said it would definitely open around Easter 2010. The date was confirmed being the 15 March 2010 to be opened, and the 16 March 2010 for flight operations. It was opened by King Juan Carlos of Spain along with five hundred guests which were invited to the ceremony, including president of Andalucia José Antonio Griñán.
In common with the current Terminal 2, it was been designed by Ricardo Bofill. The terminal was built to increase tourism around the Costa Del Sol, and to expand the airport due to increasing number of passengers. The total cost of developing the new terminal is more than 200 million euros. It is adjacent to Terminal 2 and it has an area of 250,000m², which is more than double the size of Terminal 2. It has 86 check in counters, numbered 301 to 386, 20 new boarding gates, twelve of which will have airbridges and 12 baggage reclaim carousels, nine European Union, two non-European Union and one special baggage reclaim carousel. It also has the largest food hall in Europe and the first National Geographic Store in the world. The shops also include a Starbucks, a Burger King with a Whopper Bar in, a Pizza Hut and an Adidas shop. The Terminal is expected to double the number of flights and the 12,813,764 passengers handled during 2008, and this will increase more when the new runway is complete.
Terminal 3 is used for flights to Schengen destinations. However, flights to the UK and Ireland, were the majority of foreign passengers fly to and from, will continue to run their operations from Terminal 2.
Although flights from Terminal 1 were bound for non-Schengen destinations, along with flights to Ceuta and Mellia, some airlines such as Luxair ocassionaly left from Terminal 1, using their Embraer and Bombardier. Usually the Small Embraer planes use Terminal 1 because the airbridges in Terminal 2 are too big for them. This used to operate in Terminal 2 and Now operates in Terminal 3. They don’t use Terminal 1 or 2 anymre, and now the aircraft depart from gates with a bus transfer, as the gates are still too big for the aircraft. This does not apply to Flybe as it only applies to airlines that use Terminal 3.
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