Departures and check-in / bag drop takes place in T3 and maybe T2, its all one big area so don’t worry too much, just check the desk number for your flight on the screens when you enter departures. Trolleys are free and generally the queues at the check-in desk aren´t too bad, but during the peak season expect to wait a while.
With the tighter security regulations we do advise you to arrive at the airport two hours before your scheduled departure time. Once you have checked in, keep your boarding pass handy as you will need to show it at security or you can use your mobile and scan your boarding pass.
If you are travelling cabin baggage only, have checked in online and printed off your boarding card, then when you arrive at the airport you can go direct to security (T3). Going through security is where many of you loose your personal items, phones, keys, iPads etc. It can be stressful but it is for your own safety. We have written a some Tips for passing through security calmly without loosing your belongings.
If you are travelling via Norwegian or Iberia there are Automatic Check In Desks where you can check in and print boarding passes. These are in Terminal 3. There is also Fast Track for certain passengers flying Business Class or similar with specific airlines.
As soon as you are through security you will be enter the Passenger Only Zone where you will find the duty free shops and boarding gates. To get to all the shops and restaurants you do have to walk through the Duty Free Shop and new luxury shopping area (which is full of designer outlets).
You will find the following passenger amenities in T3 in the public area before you go through security
Sin Barreras is the department to help people with reduced mobility. There is an Information Desk in T3 just before Security and easily spotted as they normally wear bright yellow tops. They are there to help you, so if you need it, ask for it. We have provided a set of guidelines on the assistance provided by Spanish Airports for passengers with special needs and mobility problems and how to organise this before arriving at the airport.
Once you have gone through security, you enter the Restricted Passenger Zone. You have to pass through the Duty Free Shop to go through to all the other shops including Desigual, Gap, Victoria Secrets, restaurants, cafes, VIP Lounge, passports and boarding gates. Throughout the Departures Lounge there are many vending machines selling food, drink, personal hygiene and medical products including plasters, heat patches, toothpaste, deodorant and even baby food.
There is a VIP lounge on the second floor which is right above the shopping area. As you come through Security turn right and its just up the stairs. The VIP Lounge is open from 6am to 11pm. For all information on VIP lounge.
Keep check on your boarding time and gate numbers. Remember that you may need to go through Passports, so allow enough time incase there is a queue, although generally its not too busy. Once you have passed Passports you cannot go back into the Shopping Area so be sure you have have done all your shopping. There are some more Duty Free Shops, cafes and vending machines in the Boarding Gate Area.
Malaga has three boarding docks. Dock B for non-European Union non-Schengen traffic. Dock C for European Union non-Schengen traffic and the new dock D for Schengen traffic (both European Union and non-European Union ). The 4 boarding gates located at the end of Dock D may be used, when necessary, for non-Schengen traffic.
Remember to keep your Boarding Pass handy to show when you board the plane.