A future role for Alicante airport’s original and now disused terminal has yet to be decided. It has been de-listed for airport use, the central government’s ministry of Public Works confirmed.
Earlier plans to connect the old and new buildings have been discarded as the new building, inaugurated in 2011 can handle 20 million passengers a year, double the present number, the ministry said.
It government decided against reserving the old terminal for the exclusive use of one airline – possibly Ryanair – as this formula proved unsuccessful with Iberia and the T4 terminal at Barajas in Madrid.
Spain’s airports operator Aena is now looking for investors interested in taking on the 50,000-square metre building. A company linked to the current operators of the Alicante port’s cruise terminal made an offer a year ago, although finally this came to nothing.
Aena is looking for “commercial activities that are economically viable and compatible with the airport’s activities,” according to ministry sources.
This would suggest hotels or shopping centres, they added, although the last word will go to the experts.