Melilla Airport is situated three kilometres southwest of the autonomous city, which, due to its privileged location, is the gateway to Africa, the continent that is the current focus of all the attention of the business and tourist sectors. Its air, sea and land connections make it the potential operations base for people searching for the commercial advantages of the African market without leaving the EU, and for tourists heading for Morocco who want to stay overnight in a European city.

In 2018 the airport handled 348,121 passengers, 8.085 flight operations and 127.8 tonnes of cargo traffic.

Year Passengers Year Passengers
2009 293,695 2014 319,529
2010 292,608 2015 317,806
2011 286,701 2016 330,116
2012 315,850 2017 324,366
203 289,551 2018 348,121