Sunday, May 1, 2011
Alicante Airport...New Terminal....oh dear....
The new terminal at Alicante opened a few weeks ago now....on my first time through I though..."oh dear, they've got this wrong", but decided to wait for another few trips. Yesterday was my third time....and unless you like shopping and eating fast food....for a new terminal the design is pretty poor and as far from user friendly as you can be (again, unless you like your terminal to be a shopping centre/food court).
Where to start? On arrival you will find all the roadsigns is spanish, none in English, so if you don't know your llegadas from you salidas you may go wrong.
Most new terminals have moving walkways...not Alicante. Added to this the route from the arrival gate to the baggage reclaim is about 20 metres....but you have to walk to the other end of the terminal to gain access, so end up walking 500. Then the exit is at the other end.....so another 200.
The toilet facilities.....have very poor design. Between the row of loos and the handwashing, there is no room at all.....so travellers have to push and shove to access/leave the area.
Gate announcements are totally inaudible, the acoustics are terrible, everything rebounds, even those very close just shrug their shoulders and ask if anyone else understood.
The selection of floor...is horrible. It may be they have selected a dirty/stained look to save on cleaning, but it just looks awful.
The old terminal had ample seating at the gates. The new terminal does not.
Let's hope the the new Murcia aiport that opens in a year or so is better!
Sorry...just needed a good old rant as I sit in the excellent new terminal 5 at Heathrow!
Posted by Guiri at 11:28 AM