Malaga Airport, also called Costa de Sol Airport, is the main airport on the Costa del Sol in Spain. It is 8km southwest of Malaga and 5km north of Torremolinos. The airport also operates for the whole of Andalucia, making such destinations as Tarifa, Cadiz, Sierra Nevada and Seville easily accessible.
It has flight connections to over 60 countries worldwide. In 2012, it handled 12,582,191 passengers, 102,153 flight operations and 2,711 tonnes of cargo. Malaga airport currently operates with 3 terminals, including the new Malaga airport terminal T3. (see above image)
The current engineering work that is underway can often mean traffic delays in the area, so remember to plan ahead and leave a little extra time to return your rental car and get to the airport on time.
IATA - AGP
ICAO - LEMG
An IATA airport code, also known an IATA location identifier, IATA station code or simply a location identifier, is a three-letter code designating many airports around the world, defined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The characters prominently displayed on baggage tags attached at airport check-in desks are an example of a way these codes are used. The assignment of these codes is governed by IATA Resolution 763, and it is administered by IATA headquarters in Montreal. The codes are published biannually in the IATA Airline Coding Directory. Most countries use ICAO codes, not IATA codes, in their official aeronautical publications.
The ICAO airport code or location indicator is a four-character alphanumeric code designating each airport around the world. These codes are defined by the International Civil Aviation Organization, and published in ICAO Document 7910: Location Indicators. The ICAO codes are used by air traffic control and airline operations such as flight planning. They are not the same as the IATA codes encountered by the general public, which are used for airline timetables, reservations, and baggage handling. For example, travellers who use London's Heathrow Airport will most likely be familiar with its IATA code: LHR. They are less likely, however, to be familiar with the ICAO code: EGLL. ICAO codes are also used to identify other locations such as weather stations, International Flight Service Stations or Area Control Centers, whether or not they are located at airports.
There are many theories on this subject and no one really knows the scientific answer to this particular question, but, apparently, the most logical explanation to AGP dates back to Roman times when there was a Roman temple in the city of Malaga called Agripina. Some say that back then, the city was actually named this way but history denies this. It was just the name of the temple. Therefore, AGP is the abbreviation for Agripina.
The other theory (and probably the real one) is that, as the IATA code can only be three letters and the letters that obviously suit Malaga Airport were already taken for other airports, the only letter combinations that were left were AGP.
As for the ICAO code LEMG, same applies, nothing scientifically proven, but the best known and logical theory is that the L stands for Latin as Spain is a latin country, the E for España and the MG for Malaga.
Malaga airport address:
- Avda. García Morato s/n. (29004 - Malaga)
- Check this Malaga airport map for further information.
- Latitude: 36.673654
- Longitude: -4.48543
Malaga airport telephone:
- (+34) 913 21 10 00 (Recommended)
- (+34) 902 40 47 04