Alicante-Elche Airport is situated 9 kilometres southwest of the capital, in the municipality of Elche, in one of the most dynamic, up and coming business and economic zones on the Mediterranean coast. The essential role played by tourism is reflected in the percentage of international passenger flights that this airport handles and which make up around the eighty percent of the total. Most of these passengers are from the United Kingdom, Germany, Norway and the Netherlands. Scheduled domestic traffic has also increased in recent years. Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and Madrid are the three most popular destinations.

To update its facilities to meet the demands of greater traffic, in March 2011 the New Terminal Area of the airport was opened.

In 2016, Alicante-Elche Airport handled 12,344,945 passengers, 87,113 flight operations and 5,461 tonnes of cargo.

Year Passengers Year Passengers
2007 9,120,631 2012 8,855,444
9,578,304 2013 9,638,835
2009 9,139,479 2014 10,066,067
2010 9,382,931 2015 10,575,288
2011 9,913,731 2016 12,344,945