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UK Tourists Flocking to the Costa del Sol

In June there was a 2.6% increase in passengers using Malaga airport, a staggering 1.366 million in total. 501,773 passengers were from the UK but also, as we reported in our last post, domestic tourism is on the up, giving very positive signs for local businesses and Costa del Sol homeowners wanting to rent out their properties.

The upward trend can be seen throughout the year and all over the coast. In May Torremolinos had 80% tourist occupancy, according to the National Institute of Statistics, an enormous 48% improvement from the same period last year and there were also improvements in Benalmadena, Marbella and Malaga city. Continue reading “UK Tourists Flocking to the Costa del Sol”

Iberia Airline Strikes

The end of February saw the first set of strikes by workers at Iberia airline and another lot is planned for next week starting on the 4th March – 6th March. The strikes are taking place in order to prevent wage cuts and over 3,800 job losses, resulting in over 30 flights being cancelled at Malaga Airport. You can see a list of flights which will have been cancelled on the Iberia website. Passengers who are affected will be offered an alternative flight or a refund of their tickets.

If your flight has been affected but you still need to get to Spain, it may be worth checking price comparison sites such as travel supermarket or skyscanner.net to get the best deal on last minute flights with another airline, or you could drive to the Costa del Sol! It’s a beautiful drive with plenty to see along the way. You can read our previous blog about things to remember when driving to Spain.

Luckily, HomeCareontheWeb never goes on strike and can take care of many things on your behalf, so don’t worry if you can’t get here, just give us a call on 952 839 595.

New terminal at Malaga Airport put to the test

Picture courtesy of Sur in English

Last week the new Malaga Airport terminal received it’s first visitors in the form of volunteers testing the procedures and bringing to light any problems before it officially opens. They tested the check-in procedures, display screens and security proir to the opening on the 15th March.

The huge new terminal and runways will mean that the airport has capacity to deal with 30 million passengers per year – double the current number.  There will also be six thousand square metres of bars, cafeterias and restaurants and 2,800 square metres of shops in the redeveloped airport including 21 new food and drinks premises and 24 shops. Famous names winning these coveted slots include Caviar House & Prunier, a restaurant aimed at more gourmet palates; and Whopper Bar, a new concept of burger bar launched recently by Burger King with only two branches open so far in the world, Starbucks has also chosen the new airport terminal for its first branch in the province of Malaga.

You can read more information about the Malaga Airport development at the Sur in English website http://www.surinenglish.com 

The new terminal looks fantastic and will offer travellers a great welcome to the Costa del Sol. We can’t wait to try it!Please let us know if you use it and what you think.

Malaga Airport News

Flying to MalagaMalaga Airport is a hugely popular and busy airports welcoming over 12 million passengers a year to the region. Many of these tourists are heading to the Costa del Sol and the relatively modest airport has been struggling to handle them. For this reason a huge expansion is under way which will triple the airport’s capacity and keep up with growing passenger numbers over the next 50 years.  Continue reading “Malaga Airport News”

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