Wildlife control

The Alicante-Elche Airport has a fauna control service that is based on falconry techniques.

Falconry has been found to be the most effective way of preventing possible bird-related incidents in and around airports, as birds do not gather in the presence of their natural predators. This method is also the most environmentally friendly, as it is not intended to catch the birds.

Since 2002, the airport has had falconers who patrol the runways with their falcons from sunrise to sunset, avoiding the presence of single birds or flocks which could put aircraft operations at risk.

As far as protection against other groups of animals is concerned, the whole of the airport perimeter is closed to prevent the accidental entry of pets or cattle.


The airport is located in the municipality of Elche, where there are many orchards and groups and isolated specimens of date palms, Phoenix dactylifera, a species protected by the Elche Board of Palm Trees.


Although the airport is not subject to any legal restrictions regarding this species, we are firmly committed to their preservation, so that if any specimen of this species is affected by construction plans or other activities, it is transplanted to another part of the facilities.