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Barcelona–El Prat Airport
Aeroport de Barcelona–El Prat
T1 Prat Aitor Agirregabiria.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Aena
Serves Barcelona, Spain
Location El Prat de Llobregat
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 14 ft / 4 m
Coordinates 41°17′49″N 002°04′42″E / 41.29694°N 2.07833°E / 41.29694; 2.07833Coordinates: 41°17′49″N 002°04′42″E / 41.29694°N 2.07833°E / 41.29694; 2.07833
BCN is located in Spain
Location within Spain
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07L/25R 3,552 10,997 Asphalt concrete
07R/25L 2,660 8,727 Asphalt concrete
02/20 2,528 8,293 Asphalt concrete
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 2014 37,559,044
Passenger change 13-14 Increase 6.7%
Aircraft movements 283,850
Movements change 13-14 Increase 2.7%
Sources: Passenger Traffic, AENA[1]
Spanish AIP, AENA[2]

Barcelona–El Prat Airport[3][4] (IATA: BCNICAO: LEBL) (Catalan: Aeroport de Barcelona – el Prat, Spanish: Aeropuerto de Barcelona-El Prat), simply known as Barcelona Airport, is located 12 km (7.5 mi) southwest[5] of the centre of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, lying in the municipalities of El Prat de Llobregat, Viladecans, and Sant Boi.

The airport is the second largest in Spain behind Madrid Barajas Airport and 20th busiest in the world, and is the main airport of Catalonia. It is a main base for Vueling, a hub for Iberia Regional and low-cost giant Ryanair as well as a focus city for Air Europa. The airport mainly serves domestic, European and North African destinations, also having flights to Middle East (Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Dubai, Qatar), Asia (Pakistan, China and Singapore), Latin America (Argentina, Brazil and Colombia), North America (United States and Canada) and Sub-Saharan Africa (Senegal and Gambia). The Airport was a hub for Spanair before it suspended services on January 27, 2012.[6]

The BarcelonaMadrid air shuttle service, known as the "Puente Aéreo" (in Spanish), or "Pont Aeri" (in Catalan) literally "Air Bridge", was the world's busiest route until 2008, with the highest number of flight operations (971 per week) in 2007.[7] The schedule has been reduced since February 2008, when a Madrid–Barcelona high-speed rail line was opened, covering the distance in 2 hours 30 minutes, and quickly became popular.

In 2014 Barcelona Airport handled a record 37.5 million passengers, up 6.7% from 2013.[8]


Barcelona's first airfield, located at El Remolar, began operations in 1916. However, it did not have good expansion prospects, so a new airport at El Prat opened in 1918. The first plane was a Latécoère Salmson 300 which arrived from Toulouse with final destination Casablanca. The airport was used as headquarters of the Aeroclub of Catalonia and the base for the Spanish Navy's Zeppelin fleet. Scheduled commercial service began in 1927 with an Iberia service to Madrid Cuatro Vientos Airport. This was Iberia's first route. During the time of the Second Spanish Republic El Prat was one of the bases of LAPE (Líneas Aéreas Postales Españolas).[9]

In 1948, a runway was built, today 07-25, in the same year the first overseas service was operated by Pan American World Airways to New York City, using a Lockheed Constellation. Between 1948 and 1952, a second runway was constructed (runway 16–34), perpendicular to the previous, also taxiways were constructed and a terminal to accommodate passengers. In 1963, the airport reached one million passengers a year. A new control tower was built in 1965. In 1968, a new terminal was opened, which still exists and is in use as what is now Terminal 2B.[10]

On 3 August 1970, Pan American World Airways inaugurated regular service between Barcelona, Lisbon and New York, operated by a Boeing 747. On 4 November of the same year, Iberia began the "Air-shuttle" service between Barcelona and Madrid-Barajas. A few years later, in 1976, a terminal was built specifically for Iberia's air-shuttle service and a terminal exclusively for cargo, an annexed mail service and an aircraft ramp for air cargo. In 1977, the airport handled over 5 million passengers annually.

From the late seventies to the early nineties, the airport was stalled in traffic and investments until the 1992 Summer Olympics held in Barcelona. El Prat underwent a major development consisting of the modernization and expansion of the existing terminal, which became known as Terminal B, and the construction of two further terminals flanking that, known as Terminals A and C respectively.[10] The development included jetways for direct access to the aircraft. This reform was designed by architect Ricardo Bofill Levi.

In 1992, a new control tower was inaugurated also designed by Ricardo Bofill Levi, but this was replaced by another much needed control tower in 2006.

The new Terminal 1 was inaugurated on June the 16th, 2009, covering 545,000 m². 70% of today's flights operate from Terminal 1. The old Terminals A, B and C are now known as Terminals 2A, 2B and 2C.

Terminal 2B with artwork by Miró

Due to the strong drop in air traffic after 1999 and the crisis in the aviation sector in 2001 many charter operations from Girona and Reus were diverted to El Prat, which helped the airport to survive the crisis.

Barcelona Airport

On the 1st of February 2014, Barcelona–El Prat was the first Spanish airport to receive a daily flight with the Airbus A380, on the Emirates route to Dubai International Airport. Emirates has also recently announced that they will also bring daily their Boeing 777 to follow the same route, so the Catalan airport can offer the route twice a day, one with each aircraft. It has been announced as well that in 2015, Transaero Airlines will bring daily their A380 to Barcelona for its routes to Moscow.

One of the main airlines that operates out of Barcelona, Norwegian Air Shuttle, has announced its intention of starting long-haul routes out of Barcelona–El Prat, from 2016, to destinations such as New York John F. Kennedy International Airport and/or Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, operated by Boeing 787 aircraft.


Most of the traffic at Barcelona Airport is domestic and European, in which Vueling has an operational base. Intercontinental connections have not generated a significant amount of passenger traffic during the last years. In the early twenty-first century the airport passenger carried numbers and the number of operations increased significantly[citation needed].

Low-cost airline traffic grew significantly, especially after the creation of operating bases by Vueling and Clickair at the airport. Vueling and Clickair merged in July 2009, operating under the Vueling name. Other low-cost airlines operate from the airport, including Ryanair, EasyJet, Norwegian Air Shuttle, EasyJet Switzerland, Wizz Air and A new base was established at the airport in September 2010.

The airport has 3 runways, two parallel, nominated 07L/25R and 07R/25L (the latter opened in 2004), and a cross runway 02/20. There are two terminals: T2, which is the sum of the previous Terminals A, B and C, located on the north side of the airport and T1, on the west side, which opened on 16 June 2009. As of 2014 the two terminals had a combined total of 268 check-in counters and 64 boarding gates. Operations at the airport are restricted exclusively to Instrument flight rules (IFR) flights, except for sanitary, emergency and government VFR flights.

A plan for expansion (Plan Barcelona)[11] was completed in 2009, adding a third terminal building (also designed by Ricardo Bofill) and control tower. An additional runway (07R/25L) was also built. The airport became capable of handling 55 million passengers annually (up from 33 million in 2007). The airport expanded in area from 8.45 to 15.33 square kilometres (3.26 to 5.92 sq mi). Further expansion was planned to be finished by 2012, with a new satellite terminal to raise capacity to 70 million passengers annually.

The airport is the subject of a political discussion over management and control between the Generalitat of Catalonia and the Spanish Government, which has involved AENA (airport manager) and various airlines, Iberia and Spanair mainly. Part of the controversy is about the benefits that the airport generates, which are used in maintenance and investments in other airports in the network of AENA and government investments in other economic areas.[by whom?]


Terminal 1[edit]

Terminal 1 from the tarmac
Terminal 1 interior

A new Terminal 1 designed by Ricardo Bofill was inaugurated on 16 June 2009. It is the fifth largest in the world, and has an area of 548,000 m2 (5,900,000 sq ft), and an aircraft ramp of 600,000 m2 (6,500,000 sq ft).

Its facilities include:

  • 258 check-in counters
  • 60 jetways
  • 15 baggage carousels (one of the new carousel is equivalent to 4 carousels in the old terminal) and
  • 24,000 parking spaces, in addition to the 12,000 already in the terminal 2.

The forecast is that the airport will be able to handle 55 million passengers annually and will reach 90 operations an hour.

The extension of the airport with a total investment of €5.1 billion in the future[when?] will include a new satellite terminal and refurbishment of existing terminals. The civil engineering phase of the South Terminal has been made possible by a budget of €1 billion.

Terminal 2[edit]

Terminal 2 is divided into three linked sections, known as Terminal 2A, 2B and 2C. Terminal 2B is the oldest part of the complex still in use, dating back to 1968. Terminals 2A and 2C were added in order to expand the airport capacity before the arrival of the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992.[10] This expansion was also designed by Ricardo Bofill Levi.

Following the opening of Terminal 1 in 2009, Terminal 2 became nearly empty until the airport authorities lowered landing fees to attract low-cost and regional carriers to fill the terminal. Whilst this has helped, the complex is nowhere near full capacity, and Terminal 2A is currently unused. Terminal 2C is used only by EasyJet flights, with flights to the UK using module M0, whilst flights to the rest of Europe use module M1. Terminal 2B is used by a number of airlines.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aegean Airlines Athens 1
Aer Lingus Dublin
Seasonal: Cork
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo 1
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires–Ezeiza 1
Air Algérie Algiers 1
Air Arabia Maroc Casablanca, Nador, Tangier 2B
Air Berlin Düsseldorf 1
Air Canada Rouge Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson 1
Air China Beijing–Capital, Vienna 1
Air Europa Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife–North
Seasonal: Fuerteventura, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Menorca
Air Europa
operated by Swiftair
Badajoz 1
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle 1
Air Moldova Chișinău 2B
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson 2B
airBaltic Riga 1
Alitalia Milan–Linate, Rome–Fiumicino 1
operated by Alitalia CityLiner
Milan–Linate 1
American Airlines Miami, New York–JFK 1
Arkia Israeli Airlines Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion 1
Asiana Airlines Seasonal charter: Seoul–Incheon 1
Atlantic Airways Seasonal: Vágar 2B
Austrian Airlines Vienna (resumes 1 April 2015) 1
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Vienna (ends 31 March 2015) 1
Avianca Bogotá 1
Belavia Minsk–National 2B
Blue Air Bucharest 2B
British Airways London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow 1
British Airways
operated by BA CityFlyer
Seasonal: London–City[citation needed]
Seasonal charter: Glasgow
Brussels Airlines Brussels 1
Bulgaria Air Sofia 2B
Croatia Airlines Seasonal: Zagreb 1
Czech Airlines Prague 1
Delta Air Lines New York–JFK
Seasonal: Atlanta
EasyJet Basel/Mulhouse, Belfast–International, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bristol, Liverpool, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, London–Southend, Lyon, Milan–Malpensa, Newcastle, Nice, Paris–Charles de Gaulle 2C
EasyJet Switzerland Geneva 2C
EgyptAir Cairo 1
El Al Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion 1
Emirates Dubai–International 1
Finnair Helsinki 1
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Istanbul–Atatürk 2B
Germanwings Berlin–Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover, Stuttgart 2B
Iberia Madrid 1
Iberia Regional
operated by Air Nostrum
Burgos, León, Salamanca, Valladolid
Seasonal: Melilla
Icelandair Seasonal: Reykjavík–Keflavík[12] 2B
Israir Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion 1
I-Fly Charter: Moscow–Vnukovo 2B Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford
Seasonal: Manchester
Jetairfly[13] Antwerp (begins 17 April 2015), Ostend/Bruges (begins 17 April 2015) 2B
KLM Amsterdam 1
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich 1
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Seasonal: Munich 1
Luxair Luxembourg 2B
Monarch Airlines London–Gatwick, Manchester
Seasonal: Birmingham, Leeds/Bradford
NIKI Vienna 1
Nordwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Arkhangelsk, Belgorod, Chelyabinsk, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Khabarovsk, Krasnodar, Mineralnye Vody, Monastir, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Moscow–Vnukovo, Murmansk, Nizhnekamsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Orenburg, Perm, Samara, Syktyvkar, Tyumen, Ufa, Volgograd, Voronezh, Yekaterinburg 2B
Norwegian Air Shuttle Berlin–Schönefeld, Billund (begins 1 June 2015), Birmingham (begins 1 June 2015), Copenhagen, Gothenburg–Landvetter, Hamburg, Helsinki, London–Gatwick, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stavanger (begins 4 June 2015), Stockholm–Arlanda, Trondheim (begins 4 June 2015), Warsaw–Chopin
Seasonal: Bergen, Dubrovnik (begins 3 June 2015), Sandefjord
Orenair Charter: Moscow–Domodedovo, Yekaterinburg 2B
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen 2B
Qatar Airways Doha 1
Rossiya Saint Petersburg 2B
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Seasonal: Tangier
Royal Jordanian Amman–Queen Alia 1
Ryanair Beauvais, Bergamo, Berlin–Schönefeld (begins 27 October 2015), Birmingham, Bologna, Brussels, Budapest, Dublin, Edinburgh, Fes, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Liverpool, London–Stansted, Manchester, Nador, Palma de Mallorca, Porto, Prestwick (begins 29 March 2015),[14] Rome–Fiumicino, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Tenerife–North, Tenerife–South, Treviso, Turin, Valladolid, Vilnius, Warsaw–Modlin
Seasonal: Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn (begins 29 March 2015),[15] East Midlands, Jerez de la Frontera, Málaga, Menorca, Rome–Ciampino, Stockholm–Skavsta
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen
Seasonal: Bergen, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda, Trondheim
Singapore Airlines São Paulo–Guarulhos, Singapore 1
Sky Work Airlines Seasonal: Bern 2B
operated by Travel Service Airlines
Seasonal: Prague[16] 2B
Sun d'Or
operated by El Al
Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion 2B
Swiss International Air Lines Geneva, Zürich 1
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Swiss Global Air Lines
Basel/Mulhouse (ends 31 May 2015), Geneva 1
TAM Airlines São Paulo–Guarulhos (begins 1 October 2015)[17] 1
TAP Portugal Lisbon
Seasonal: Funchal
TAP Portugal
operated by Portugália
Lisbon, Porto 1
TAROM Bucharest 1
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Charter: Brussels 2B
Transaero Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo
Seasonal: Moscow–Vnukovo, Novosibirsk, Saint Petersburg, Tomsk, Yekaterinburg
2B Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam/The Hague 2B France Paris–Orly 2B
Tunisair Tunis 1
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen (begins 25 May 2015) 1
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev–Boryspil
Seasonal: Kharkiv, Odessa
United Airlines Newark 1
Ural Airlines Seasonal: Yekaterinburg 2B
US Airways Philadelphia
Seasonal: Charlotte
UTair Aviation Charter: Yekaterinburg 2B
VIM Airlines Seasonal: Moscow–Domodedovo 2B
Vladivostok Air Charter: Moscow–Vnukovo 2B
Vueling A Coruña, Accra (begins 20 June 2015), Algiers, Alicante, Almería, Amsterdam, Asturias, Athens, Banjul, Basel/Mulhouse (begins 29 March 2015), Belfast–City (begins 3 May 2015),[18] Bergen, Berlin–Tegel, Bilbao, Birmingham (begins 1 June 2015), Bologna, Bordeaux, Brindisi (begins 31 May 2015), Brussels, Casablanca, Catania, Copenhagen, Dakar, Djerba (begins 20 June 2015), Dortmund, Dresden, Dublin (begins 29 March 2015), Düsseldorf, Fes, Florence, Frankfurt, Fuerteventura, Geneva, Gran Canaria, Granada, Hamburg, Hannover, Helsinki, Ibiza, Jerez de la Frontera, Lanzarote, Leipzig/Halle, Lille, Lisbon, London–Gatwick, Luxembourg, Lyon, Madrid, Málaga, Manchester (begins 19 June 2015),[19] Marrakesh, Marseilles, Menorca, Milan–Malpensa, Moscow–Domodedovo, Munich, Nador, Nantes, Naples, Nice, Nuremberg, Oran, Oslo–Gardermoen, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Pisa, Porto, Prague, Rabat (begins 20 June 2015), Rennes, Rome–Fiumicino, Rotterdam/The Hague (begins 2 April 2015), San Sebastián, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Stockholm–Arlanda, Stuttgart, Tangier, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Tenerife–North, Tenerife–South, Toulouse, Turin, Valladolid, Venice, Vienna, Vigo, Warsaw–Chopin, Zürich
Seasonal: Aalborg, Ancona (begins 22 June 2015), Bari, Bastia, Beirut,[20] Belgrade,[21] Brest, Bucharest, Budapest,[22] Cagliari,[23] Cardiff, Cluj-Napoca, Corfu (begins 20 June 2015), Dubrovnik, Edinburgh, Faro (begins 20 June 2015), Funchal (begins 20 June 2015), Genoa, Gothenburg–Landvetter, Heraklion, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen (begins 20 June 2015),[24] Kaliningrad, Kazan, Kiev–Zhulyany,[25] Kos, Kraków, Larnaca, Lourdes, Malta, Minsk–National, Moscow–Sheremetyevo (begins 1 June 2015), Mykonos, Olbia, Pamplona, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Rhodes, Saint Petersburg, Sal (begins 24 June 2015),[26] Santa Cruz de la Palma, Santorini, Sofia, Split, Stavanger, Strasbourg, Tallinn, Thessaloniki, Trieste (begins 20 June 2015), Tunis, Verona, Yerevan, Zadar (begins 20 June 2015), Zagreb
Windrose Airlines Seasonal: Kiev–Boryspil 2B
Wizz Air Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, Craiova, Gdańsk, Katowice, Riga, Skopje (begins 30 June 2015),[27] Sofia, Timişoara, Vilnius, Warsaw–Chopin
Seasonal: Poznań[28]
WOW air Seasonal: Reykjavík–Keflavík 2B
Yakutia Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow–Vnukovo 2B


Airlines Destinations
Cargolux Hong Kong, Jeddah, Luxembourg
DHL Aviation Vitoria
FedEx Express Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Lufthansa Cargo Frankfurt
Swiftair Madrid
Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca
Swiss WorldCargo Zürich
TNT Airways Brussels, Liège
UPS Airlines Cologne/Bonn, Valencia


Iberia Airbus A321-211 (EC-ILP) & British Airways Airbus A320-211 (G-BUSK)
Air Arabia Maroc Airbus A320 taxiing at El Prat Airport.
Swiss International Air Lines Airbus A320 taxiing at El Prat Airport.
Air Canada Boeing 767-300ER taxiing at El Prat Airport.
Air Transat Airbus A310-300 landing at El Prat Airport.
Lufthansa Airbus A380-800 landing at El Prat Airport.
Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-300 takeoff from El Prat Airport.
Main airlines in Barcelona–El Prat 2014
Rank Airline Passengers Services to
1 Vueling 13,703,747 Europe, Africa, Asia
2 Ryanair 4,760,426 Europe, Africa
3 easyJet 2,358,293 Europe
4 Lufthansa 1,421,438 Germany (Munich and Frankfurt)
5 Air Europa 1,205,736 Spain, Africa (Tunisia)
6 Iberia 1,009,598 Air shuttle
7 Norwegian Air Shuttle 828,218 Europe (future: America)
8 British Airways 827,650 Great Britain (London)
9 Air France 721,159 France (Paris)
10 Swiss International Air Lines 653,317 Switzerland (Geneva and Zürich)
11 KLM 575,127 Holland (Amsterdam)
12 Germanwings 523,653 Germany
13 easyJet Switzerland 514,019 Europe
14 Wizz Air 505,595 Europe
15 Transavia 449,711 Holland
16 TAP Portugal 437,355 Portugal
17 Alitalia 331,230 Italy
18 Emirates 321,258 United Arab Emirates (Dubai)
19 Turkish Airlines 320,523 Turkey
20 Aeroflot 288,546 Russia (Moscow and Saint Petersbourg)
21 Monarch Airlines 272,457 Great Britain
22 American Airlines 266,583 United States of America
23 Brussels Airlines 252,734 Belgium (Brussels)
24 Qatar Airways 233,039 Qatar (Doha)
25 Transaero Airlines 224,585 Russia
Busiest European Routes Feb 14-Jan 15[29]
1 London Gatwick 1.273.782 British Airways, Easyjet, Monarch Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Vueling
2 Amsterdam Schiphol 1.218.786 KLM, Transavia, Vueling
3 Paris Charles de Gaulle 1.151.141 Air France, Easyjet, Vueling
4 Rome Fiumicino 1.025.767 Alitalia, Ryanair, Vueling
5 Frankfurt International 1.016.829 Lufthansa, Vueling
6 Paris Orly 868.529 Transavia, Vueling
7 Brussels National 839.626 Brussels Airlines, Ryanair, Vueling
8 Munich F.J.Strauss 734.701 Lufthansa, Vueling
9 Milan Malpensa 624.119 Easyjet, Vueling
10 London Heathrow 613.674 British Airways
11 Zürich International 588.780 Swiss International Airlines, Vueling
12 Lisbon 568.502 Portugalia, TAP Portugal, Vueling
13 Moscow Domodedovo 542.133 Transaero Airlines, Vueling
14 Geneva Cointrin 478.488 Easyjet Switzerland, Swiss International Airlines
15 Vienna 411.988 Austrian Airlines, Niki, Vueling
Graphical volume of passenger traffic between 1963 and 2006
Passenger Volume
Year Passengers % Year Passengers %
1963 1,000,000 - 2000 19,809,567 +13.8
1977 5,000,000 - 2001 20,745,536 +4.7
1990 9,205,000 - 2002 21,348,211 +2.9
1991 9,145,000 -0.7 2003 22,752,667 +6.6
1992 10,196,000 +11.5 2004 24,558,138 +7.9
1993 9,999,000 -2.0 2005 27,152,745 +10.6
1994 10,647,285 +6.5 2006 30,008,152 +10.5
1995 11,727,814 +10.1 2007 32,898,249 +9.6
1996 13,434,679 +14.6 2008 30,208,134 -8.2
1997 15,065,724 +12.1 2009 27,311,765 -9.4
1998 16,194,805 +7.3 2010 29,209,595 +6.5
1999 17,421,938 +7.6 2011 34,398,226 +17.8
2012 35,144,503 +2.2
2013 35,216,828 +0.2
2014 37,559,044 +6.7

Font: Aeroport de Barcelona, AENA.

Operations Volume
Year Operations %
1999 233,609 -
2000 255,913 +9.5
2001 273,119 +6.3
2002 271,023 -0.8
2003 282,021 +4.1
2004 291,369 +3.3
2005 307,798 +5.6
2006 327,636 +6.4
2007 352,501 +7.6
2008 321,491 -8.8
2009 278,965 -13.3
2010 277,832 -0.4
2011 303,054 +9.1
2012 290,004 -4.3
2013 276,497 -4,7
2014 283,850 +2,7
Cargo Volume
Year Tonnes %
1999 88,217 -
2000 88,269 +2.4
2001 81,882 -7.8
2002 75,905 -7.3
2003 70,118 -7.6
2004 84,985 +21.2
2005 90,446 +6.4
2006 93,404 +3.3
2007 96,770 +3.6
2008 104,329 +7.7
2009 89,813 -13.6
2010 104,279 +16.1
2011 96,572 -7.4
2012 96,522 -0.1
2013 100,288 +3.9
2014 102,692 +2.4

Ground transportation[edit]


Terminal 2 has its own Rodalies Barcelona commuter train station on the line Rodalies Barcelona Line 2, which runs from the Maçanet-Massanes station every 30 minutes, with major stops at Barcelona Sants railway station and the fairly central Passeig de Gràcia railway station to provide transfer to the Barcelona Metro system, also in Clot station. Passengers for T1 must take a connecting bus from Terminal 2B to Terminal 1. As part of the major expansion above, a new railway station will be built[when?] in Terminal 1, connecting the airport to the Spanish AVE network, and Line 9 of the Barcelona Metro.


The Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) public bus line 46 runs from Plaça Espanya. A scheduled private bus line (Aerobús) from Plaça Catalunya, stops at Urgell and Plaça d'Espanya. Taxi stops are available at each terminal. The C-32B highway connects the airport to a main traffic interchange between Barcelona's Ronda de Dalt beltway and major motorways.

BusPlana Official Transfer from Barcelona Airport to Costa Dorada (Salou, Cambrils, La Pineda, PortAventura, Tarragona, Reus...), the bus stop is in Terminal 1.

There is provision for parking cars at the airport, with about 24,000 parking spaces.

Taxi from Barcelona Airport[edit]

Taxi ranks exist outside any of the main terminal exits Terminal 1 (T1) or Terminal 2 (and of the 3 buildings of Terminal 2 - T2A, T2B or T2C). Taxis operate continuously.

The journey to the city centre will take between 25 to 40 minutes depending on road conditions. If you are travelling from Terminal 1 rather than Terminal 2, this will add an extra 4 km to your journey and take approximately 5 minutes more. Children under the age of 12 must be seated in the back seat of the car and supervised so that they do not distract the driver.

Local companies offer pre-booked services.

Taxi Fare
Expect to pay (by normal traffic conditions in a workday) around €30.00 for the journey into the centre from T2 and €40.00 for your journey from T1. There will also be an additional surcharge charge for each bag you're carrying and additional surcharge for Barcelona Cruise Port destination. You'll find the rates displayed inside the cab. Final price will depend on time and road conditions.

All official Barcelona taxis are black and yellow.

Taxi to Barcelona Airport[edit]

The taxi journey from Barcelona city centre to Barcelona airport takes about 25–40 minutes. Barcelona taxi cost from the Barcelona airport will be between 30 and 40 euros depending on your departure point, the traffic and the time of day.

In Barcelona and the municipalities of the metropolitan area, the most common ways to catch a cab in the street is to go to one of the taxi network stops which all of the municipalities have, or to use a hand signal to hail a cab when an empty one is approaching. At the stops, the customer must take the first vehicle in the order of departure at the stop. Circulating taxi drivers cannot pick up passengers within a 50-metre radius of a stop. The most suitable places to hail a cab in the street are the corners. Users must bear in mind that the taxi driver cannot make abrupt manoeuvres or stop the car in places that represent a hazard for traffic circulation.

The telephone is another effective means of calling a cab. You may request a taxi by calling one of the 20 taxi radio dispatch centres that operate in the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona. Many of these centres have a fleet management system that allows them to send a taxi to the place requested by the user. The assigned taxi number is communicated by telephone call or SMS message.

Lost and found For Lost and Found notifications you can call to IMT (Institut Metropolità del Taxi) at 902 101 564. More informations at IMT website

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 21 October 1994 a Falcon 20 cargo aircraft made an emergency landing at the airport after suffering a malfunction in its landing gear; none of the three crewmembers were injured.
  • On 19 February 1998, two people, the commander and the pilot died in an Ibertrans general aviation plane crash in the borough of Gavà shortly after taking off from El Prat.
  • On 28 July 1998 a general aviation cargo plane carrying press from Mallorca crashed next to one of the fences surrounding the airport, killing two crew members and co-pilot.
  • On 3 December 2010, during the Spanish air traffic controllers strike, Barcelona Airport remained inoperative when all Spanish air traffic controllers walked out in a coordinated wildcat strike. Following the walkout, the Spanish Government authorized the Spanish military to take over air traffic control operations.[30] On the morning of December 4, the government declared a 'State of Alert', ordering the controllers back to work. Shortly after the measure was implemented, controllers started returning to work and the strike was called off.[31]
  • In March 2015, a Germanwings aircraft, Flight 9525 took off from this airport; it was scheduled to land in Germany, however, it was hijacked and flown into the French Alps, somewhere near Nice.[32]


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Further reading[edit]

  • Zunino, Eric (November 2004) "Barcelona Airport", Airline World, pp. 40–43.

External links[edit]

Media related to Barcelona Airport at Wikimedia Commons