Airport chaos as rainstorm hits Costa del Sol

© Jack Thrower

YELLOW alerts for Malaga Province have proved correct as the rain hit today (September 7) flooding roads and causing the airport to close the runway.

As the road to the airport was closed to traffic due to flooding, passengers reported being left stranded on planes unable to take off as they watched their luggage getting drenched outside the aircraft.

Meanwhile puddles began to grow inside the terminal as leaky roofs reminded everyone of their faults and queues grew as Security estimated waits of at least one hour.


AENA airport authorities have reported that 12 flights due to land at Malaga during the morning had to be diverted, 11 of them to Sevilla airport and one to Madrid-Barajas due to extremely low visibility caused by the rainstorm.

Four of the flights were from London and one each from New York, Geneva, Zurich, Glasgow, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Paris and Madrid, AENA said. 

Water came close to covering car tyres in Torremolinos and parts of Malaga City, with the road between Churriana and Torremolinos also reported to be flooding fast.


  1. Bit of a disaster for a modern airport and a down pour lasting a short time, haven’t they heard of drains or is it the same old problem where they never clean them out… I wonder!


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