Malaga Airport-Costa de Sol is the main airport in Southern Spain and gateway to many tourist destinations in Andalusia, Malaga province and the Costa del Sol. The airport is located 8 km southwest of Malaga and 5km north of Torremolinos.
Malaga airport-Costa del Sol currently offers flight connections to over 60 cities worldwide. It holds the fourth position among Spanish airports regarding passenger volume and recently has inaugurated a new terminal T3, a second runway and a modern suburban train station.
Malaga Airport Codes
What is an IATA code?
An IATA airport code 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.
What is an ICAO code?
The ICAO airport code is a location indicator for each airport around the world. 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.
Why are the Malaga Airport codes AGP & LEMG?
Regarding AGP, there are many funny popular theories on this subject. We just name a couple of them:
AGP for Malaga Airport, as abbreviation for “Aeropuerto Gran Picasso” (in Spanish Airport Great Picasso, making allusion to the artist who was born in Malaga). Another theory goes back to Roman times when there was a Roman temple in the city of Malaga called Agrippina.
But the facts are less spectacular and are due to the fact that the IATA code can only be three letters and the letters which would suit Malaga Airport were already taken for other airports; thus the only letter combinations that were left were AGP.
Regarding LEMG, in general, the first letter is allocated by continent and represents a country or group of countries on the continent. The second letter generally represents a country within that region, and the remaining two are used to identify each airport. Thus, L – Southern Europe, Israel and Turkey; E- Spain, MG-Malaga.