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 2015 the airport handled 317,806 passengers, 8,409 flight operations and 136.1 tonnes of cargo traffic.

Year Passengers Year Passengers
2006 313,543 2011 286,701
2007 339,244 2012 315,850
2008 314,643 2013 289,551
2009 293,695 2014 319,529
2010 292,608 2015 317,806