Malaga Airport Duty Free
Finally the new Terminal 3 is open. Modern and stylish it will be able to handle virtually double the number of flights in and out of Malaga and offers superb new facilities which includes upgraded duty and tax free shopping, plus new cafes and bars, and the quality on offer will come as a pleasant relief to anyone used to the old terminal. And Malaga certainly needed it, the airport is one of the main hubs for tourist arrivals into Spain with passenger numbers doubling over the past decade to over 13 million (the majority arriving from the UK and Ireland).
The departure experience, however, is very much unchanged. Check-in can be painfully slow • particularly for low cost carrier passengers • and you can be queuing for up to 1.5 hours. The old terminal is still used by some airlines for check-in, and you then need to walk through and across the new terminal hall to clear security. Whilst a few new scanners have been added, they are clearly not enough, and totally inadequate for busy periods, so do allow yourself plenty of time.
Directly you pass through security are the new shops, bars and cafes. The big main duty free shop "The Shop", run by Aldeasa, is spacious and well thought out and you’ll find a good range of tobacco, liquor, fragrances and cosmetics, watches, sunglasses, gifts etc. So what’s worth buying? Well, according to one well travelled local resident, tobacco is cheaper in the local supermarkets and, if you are travelling back to an EU country, there are no restrictions (within reason) on quantities purchased. Liquor is also generally cheaper, but don’t forget that you will need to pack in into your check in bag because of the LAGS restrictions.
Fragrances can also be cheaper on the domestic market, but if you are not too fussed regarding which fragrance you want • and maybe fancy trying something new • then you’re likely to be satisfied. Cosmetics generally are a better price than on the Spanish domestic market. Also Aldeasa frequently offers particularly good bargains on certain brands, along with travel retail exclusives (eg lines that you cannot buy on the high street). Currently (until December 2010) you will receive a 10% discount voucher for the Lacoste store at Malaga Airport.
In addition to Lacoste, new additions at Malaga Airport include Adolfo Dominquez, Desire, Adidas, Cottet Sol and Travel Mate. For something a little different call into Superskunk for some unique designs, National Geographic store and the Museum shop for those who like artistic and cultural pieces with a difference.
Passport control is located at the far end, and once you have passed through there is little choice to buy apart from sandwiches, drinks and a small tax free shop offering a limited range.
If your on-time, done your shopping and with no flight delay it all works, because the one thing the old terminal had that the new one does not ... is somewhere to sit down !
Malaga Airport Factfile
Situated 8km southwest of Malaga city, it is one of the oldest Spanish airports originating back to 1919.
Today more than 13.5 m passengers use Malaga airport annually; the airport services more than 60 countries worldwide but the busiest routes are to the UK and Ireland. Numbers will increase significantly with the completion of a second runway and third terminal; expected to reach 20m by 2015 • an investment of some Euros 890m.
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