16 January 2020 16:35
A fire at Alicante Airport (ALC) has prompted the evacuation of the facility and the suspension of all flights in and out of the busy Costa Blanca facility. Hundreds of holidaymakers and airport staff were inside the terminal building when the fire broke out, prompting a mass evacuation. Passengers and airport staff were directed to proceed to the picking up and dropping off points outside the terminal, while firemen ascended to the roof to put out the blaze. While speaking on the telephone with The Sun newspaper, passenger Helen Oakwater said that everyone was told to evacuate the building and wait outside. "The fire seemed to be on a roof above the boarding area." Said Helen.
Advertisement Featured Video: Firefighters are still on the scene with several inbound flights diverted to Manises Airport (VLC) in Valencia and Región de Murcia International Airport (RMU). A spokesperson for airport operator Aena confirmed that a section of the roof above the departure area of the terminal had been on fire. They think the fire originated in the offices below. Advertisement A spokesperson from the local government emergency services confirmed to the British tabloid newspaper that the fire broke out around 14:30, saying: "The affected area was evacuated immediately without any injuries. The Emergency Coordination Centre has mobilized a basic life support ambulance as a preventative measure." Flights at Alicante-Elche Airport resumed after the fire was extinguished According to Aena, when the fire broke out, one incoming flight was diverted to Valencia and two planes were asked to land in Murcia. The airport operator has now confirmed that normal flight operations resumed at 16:00 and that flights began to depart Alicante after an hour and a half delay. The first flight to depart Alicante Airport after the fire was extinguished was Ryanair flight number FR7063 to Dublin. The aircraft managed to make up some time on the journey, arriving at Dublin Airport (DUB) just under an hour later than it's scheduled arrival time. Most people arriving at Alicante-Elche Airport are on their way to Benidorm Regarded as being the gateway to Spain's sunny Costa del Sol, Alicante-Elche Airport is the fifth busiest in Spain behind Madrid, Barcelona, Mallorca, and Malaga. Alicante-Elche Airport is particularly popular with British holidaymakers due to its proximity to the Mediterranean Sea resort of Benidorm, a 44-minute drive up the coast. Primarily serving European vacationers, Alicante has for now at least no international flights to or from long-haul destinations. When flying to Alicante-Elche Airport from destinations outside of Europe or North Africa, it is necessary to change planes in either Barcelona or Madrid. Alicante-Elche Airport is very passenger friendly Built, in 2011, to replace two terminals that were built in the 1960s, the new all glass-fronted terminal and its parking garage are very customer friendly. Departures leave from the upper level of the terminal, which is what you can see in the photographs taken during the fire, while arrivals are on the ground floor level. Despite being a large airport that handles hundreds of flights a day, you do not need to do a lot of walking as all 40 gates are in the same building. If you happened to be at Alicante Airport today and were delayed by the fire, we would love to hear all about what happened in the comments section.