Malaga-Costa del Sol airport is located 8 km from the city centre with excellent connections to whole of the Costa del Sol. It is one of the oldest Spanish airports as well as being one of the original locations of the first airline founded in Spain in 1919.

Most of the traffic handled by the airport is from the European Union. The United Kingdom is the destination with the highest volume of passengers, with London Gatwick heading the table, followed by Manchester. These British airports are followed by other European destinations: Dublín, Paris / Charles de Gaulle, Amsterdam / Schiphol, Brussels and Copenhagen.

Malaga-Costa del Sol airport also has scheduled flights to the rest of Spain, most significantly to Madrid-Barajas, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and Melilla.

In 2015, it handled 14,404,206 passengers, 108,909 flight operations and 2,472 tonnes of cargo.­

Year Passengers Year Passengers
2006 13,076,252 2011 12,823,117
2007 13,590,803 2012 12,581,944
2008 12,813,472 2013 12,925,186
2009 11,622,429 2014 13,748,976
2010 12,064,521 2015 14,404,206