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Thursday, 25 March 2010 00:00
 

altA week after Terminal 3 at Malaga airport was opened by King Juan Carlos, I sat in the departure lounge waiting for my delayed Ryanair flight to Liverpool.  I was heading back to the UK for a short break.

The new terminal is very impressive, all big and brash with tons of glass and steel.  With an area of 250,000m², which is more than double the size of Terminal 2, it boasts 86 check in counters, 20 new boarding gates and 12 baggage reclaim carousels.  It also has the largest food hall in Europe and the first National Geographic Store in the world.   The departure hall is massive, with acres of space for shops and cafes and for an estimated 25 million passengers a year.  There are 9 different rest points and a wide selection of bars and restaurants, bank cash points, postal and Internet services for passengers, pharmacy and a children's play area. The total cost of developing the new terminal was more than 200 million euros.

Despite all this expense and the modern, wide-open facilities, yesterday it seemed embarrassingly un-busy. 

As I sat altwatching planes landing and taking off, seemingly quite sporadically, on the only runway, I wondered why they are building a second one, scheduled for completion at the end of this year.  A plane each from Brussels Airlines, Air Berlin and Ryanair landed in the space of 15 minutes and only a light plane took off.  I thought it was nearly Easter and the start of the season!  You wouldn’t have noticed yesterday.

As I waited watching the cumbersome-looking planes trundle slowly to their bays on their three tiny wheels, I wondered, as I often have in the past, how on earth these machines manage to take off safely and climb to 40,000 feet to transport us from one country to another at high speed.  It’s amazing!

Well, I still marvel at computers and the internet too!
 

 

Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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