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Language: Spanish | Currency: Euro (€) | Local time: (UTC+1:00) | Average flight time: 2:50hrs
Stiff competition between airlines means that flights to Alicante from London are tantalisingly low-cost.
easyJet, British Airways, Ryanair, Norwegian and TUI all offer cheap flights to Alicante from London Gatwick, while Ryanair and Thomas Cook also operate non-stop services from London Stansted (Thomas Cook operates only in summer 2018). From London Luton Airport, you can book low-cost flights to Alicante with easyJet.
If you’re prepared to consider a non-direct flight to Alicante – perhaps with an enticing city stopover included – then that opens up an even greater spectrum of options, including an Air Europa flight from Gatwick with a stopover in Madrid.
Airports around the country offer low-cost Alicante flights in 2018.
Multiple budget airlines operate flights out of Bristol, Southampton, Newquay, Exeter and Birmingham.
There are plenty of flights to Alicante from Manchester as well, with operators including Ryanair, easyJet and Jet2.
Flybe flies out of Doncaster-Sheffield and both Ryanair and easyJet operate non-stop routes from Liverpool.
Other northern cities directly connected to the Costa Blanca include Leeds, which offers flights with Ryanair and Jet2, and Newcastle via easyJet, Jet2, Ryanair and TUI.
For passengers in Wales, Vueling and TUI fly from Cardiff to Alicante in under two and a half hours.
Scotland and Northern Ireland are equally well connected. EasyJet and Jet2 both fly non-stop from Glasgow and Edinburgh, and Ryanair runs services from Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow that take just over three hours. Alicante flights from Belfast also takes just over three hours with Aer Lingus, Jet2, Ryanair and easyJet.
Looking for a cheap flight to Alicante for 2018? The good news is, you won’t have to look very hard as the availability of low-cost flights is high throughout the year.
For a cheaper break, try the shoulder seasons – October through to early December and March through to late April – when temperatures are still balmy but prices are at rock bottom.
The cost of Alicante flights can double or even triple over half terms and school holidays, particularly during the long summer break. If you do have to travel at peak times then maximise your savings by comparing low-cost flights to the Costa Blanca and booking well in advance.
Find out how to get from the airport to your holiday destination on our how to get around Costa Blanca page.
If you’re looking for a more leisurely alternative to a direct Alicante flight in 2018, there’s always the train.
It’s a quick hop across the Channel via Eurostar to Paris, and the onward journey (changing at Barcelona) takes around 15 hours. While most tourists take advantage of cheap flights to Alicante to access the Costa Blanca, seasoned travellers with more time on their hands might enjoy taking this more adventurous route south.