The new terminal, the T-3, was inaugurated by the King and Queen. It has cost €409 million and has the capacity to handle 30 million passengers a year.
The revolution experimented in the transport infrastructures of Malaga was patent yesterday, 15 March 2010 – a historical date- when the new T-3 terminal was inaugurated and placed this airport on the map as one of the most modern in Europe, in consonance with its volume of 11.6 million in passenger traffic in 2009, and one which offers the greatest possibilities of growth in the near future. The King stated in his inauguration speech that,”justice has been done to the undoubtable weight and character of Malaga Airport”, who also stressed that the T-3 “will activate the economic and business activity, especially tourism”. These new facilities, which may handle up to 9,000 passengers per hour – double current levels- will allow Malaga Airport to manage 30 million passengers a year.
T-3 is the core piece in the Malaga Plan, which is an ambitious Project to transform the airport, with an investment of €1,800 million, €409.7m of which have been dedicated to the new terminal. The programme will be completed with the construction of two new access ways, from the south, from the A-7 motorway and from the north from the capital’s ring road, which is currently under construction; and the construction of a second 3,090m runway, which is forecast to come into service next year.
Since the Malaga Plan started up, the new control tower, the new cargo and general aviation terminals, a car-park building, a security and services and aeronautical activities center have come into service, along with two platform extensions and two new exit roads for aircraft.
The Minister of Public Works, José Blanco, stressed that above all the airport is “a center of economic activity and generator of opportunities”, and will be “essential to maintain the lead in tourism”. The economic impact of this infrastructure is enormous, given that this industry is the one which generates most job positions in the province of Malaga. According to ‘Economic Analysts of Andalucía’, 6,400 people work directly in the premises which produce nearly €900 million annually. But its indirect impact with its repercussions on the commercial and tourist sector are estimated at nearly €7,000 million. The new terminal will increase its number of workers by nearly 200.
Along with the Pablo Picasso (T-2) Terminal, inaugurated some 18 years ago, the T-3 was designed by the Canadian architect Bruce Fairbanks, who has incorporated energy saving and environmental efficiency systems. It is a single, 250,000m2 building with a large lobby area and L-shaped dock area. The roof has 117 pyramid-shaped sun lights and further light is gained via a glass curtain, which works as if it were a flexible skin. T-3 has 86 new check-in desks, now totaling 280 and 20 new boarding gates. Below T-3 there is a transport interchange with bus and suburban train stations, though these will not start up for a few months and in the future the high-speed train shall arrive.