Anybody who has passed recently through Malaga airport will have found a modern airport with a wide variety of shops, restaurants and services. In addition, the recent works have facilitated its access by road, without forgetting its commuter train station. But it was not always like that, here are some interesting facts about Malaga airport:
1.- The first landing at Malaga airport took place by Pierre Latécoère in his Salmson 2A on March 9, 1919. At that time there was no airport, just a plot known as “El Rompedizo“.
2.- It was inaugurated on 1 September 1919, it already has almost a century of history! The first regular services connected Malaga with Toulouse, Barcelona, Alicante, Tangier and Casablanca, promoted by Didier Daurat, a fighter pilot during the First World War.
3.- In 1937 Malaga airport was converted into an air base.
4.- Soon after, in 1946, it was opened to national and international traffic.
5.- Until 1965 it was not officially designated as Malaga airport (until that time it was “El Rompedizo” or “García Morato“).
6.- The 3 main terminals were built during its last 50 years of history. Currently it has 5 terminals: 3 for passengers, 1 for cargo and 1 for private flights.
7.- In June 2012 was inaugurated the second runway, which is more than 3 kilometres long. On it can land the world´s heaviest aircraft.
8.- Between 2013 and 2014 were opened new road accesses facilitating arrival and departure for car hire Malaga airport customers.
9.- In 2018 it reached its record of passengers, with a total of 19,021,784 passengers, although very possibly it will establish a new record this year.
10.- To date, only two fatalities have been recorded, one on September 13, 1982 (50 deaths) and another on August 29, 2001 (4 deaths).
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