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Adolfo Suárez
Madrid–Barajas Airport[1]

Aeropuerto Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas
Barajas overview1.jpg
IATA: MADICAO: LEMD
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Aena
Serves Madrid, Spain
Location
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 610 m / 2,000 ft
Coordinates 40°28′20″N 003°33′39″W / 40.47222°N 3.56083°W / 40.47222; -3.56083Coordinates: 40°28′20″N 003°33′39″W / 40.47222°N 3.56083°W / 40.47222; -3.56083
Website aena-aeropuertos.es
Map
MAD is located in Madrid
MAD
MAD
Location within Madrid
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
14R/32L 4,100 13,451 Asphalt
18L/36R 3,500 11,482 Asphalt
14L/32R 3,500 11,482 Asphalt
18R/36L 4,349 14,268 Asphalt / Concrete
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 42,124,118(Increase5.4%)
Aircraft Movements 333,040(Decrease10.8%)
Cargo 340,800(Decrease4.2%)
Economic impact $10.9 billion[2]
Sources: Passenger Traffic, AENA[3]
Spanish AIP, AENA[4]

Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas [(a)eɾoˈpwerto aˈðolfo ˈswaɾeθ maˈðɾi(ð) βaˈɾaxas]) (IATA: MADICAO: LEMD)[5] is the main international airport serving Madrid in Spain. In 2011 and 2010, over 49 million passengers used Madrid–Barajas,[3] making it the country's largest and busiest airport, and in 2013 it was Europe's sixth busiest airport. It opened in 1928, and has grown to be one of the most important aviation centres of Europe. Located within the city limits of Madrid, just 9 km (5.6 mi) from the city's financial district and 13 km (8.1 mi) northeast of the Puerta del Sol, Madrid's historic centre. The airport name derives from the adjacent district of Barajas, which has its own metro station on the same rail line serving the airport.

The Madrid–Barcelona air shuttle service, known as the "Puente Aéreo" (in Spanish), literally called "Air Bridge", is the second busiest air route in Europe after İstanbul Atatürk and İzmir,[6] with the highest number of flight operations (55 daily) in 2012.[7] The schedule has been reduced since February 2008, when the Madrid–Barcelona high-speed rail line was opened, covering the distance in 2½ hours, and quickly became popular. Barajas serves as the gateway to the Iberian peninsula from the rest of Europe and the world, and is a particularly key link between Europe and Latin America. The airport is the primary hub and maintenance base for Iberia. Consequently, Iberia is responsible for more than 60 percent of Barajas' traffic.

Following the death of former Spanish Prime Minister, Adolfo Suárez, the Spanish Ministerio de Fomento has announced[8] that the airport is to be renamed Aeropuerto Adolfo Suárez, Madrid–Barajas. This renaming seeks recognition for Suárez's role as the first Prime Minister of Spain after the restoration of democracy and his key participation in the Spanish Transition to Democracy after Franco's Dictatorship. Further details on the renaming process are still unknown.

Some large airlines, such as Etihad, are interested in Madrid-Barajas Airport as an important destination. Some of them will be operating at Adolfo Suárez in the next few years. Also the flag carrier of Spain, Iberia, is analyzing the possibility of start flying new routes to important destinations in Asia and Middle East, between 2016 and 2020.

History[edit]

Terminal 4 landside area
Terminal 4 departures area

The airport was constructed in 1927, opening to national and international air traffic on 22 April 1931, although regular commercial operations began two years later. A small terminal was constructed with a capacity for 30,000 passengers a year, in addition to several hangars and the building of the Avión Club. The first regular flight was established by Lineas Aéreas Postales Españolas (LAPE) with its line to Barcelona. Later, in the 1930s international flights started to serve some European and African destinations.

Originally, the flight field was a large circle bordered in white with the name of Madrid in its interior, unpaved, consisting of land covered with natural grass. It was not until the 1940s that the flight field was paved and new runways were designed. The first runway which started operation in 1944 was 1,400 metres long and 45 metres wide. By the end of the decade the airport had three runways, none of which exists today. In the late 1940s, scheduled flights to Latin America and the Philippines started.

In the 1950s, the airport supported over half a million passengers, increasing to 5 runways and scheduled flights to New York City began. The National Terminal, currently T2, began construction in 1954, and was inaugurated later that year. In the Plan of Airports of 1957, Barajas Airport is classified as a first-class international airport. By the 1960s, large jets were landing at Barajas, and the growth of traffic mainly as a result of tourism exceeded forecasts. At the beginning of the decade, the airport reached the 1.2 million passengers, double that envisaged in the Plan of Airports of 1957.

In the 1970s, with the boom in tourism and the arrival of the Boeing 747, the airport reached 4 million passengers, and began the construction of the international terminal (current T1). In 1974, Iberia, L.A.E. introduced the shuttle service between Madrid and Barcelona, a service with multiple daily frequencies and available without prior reservation.

The 1982 FIFA World Cup brought significant expansion and modernisation of the airport's two existing terminals.

In the 1990s, the airport expanded further. In 1994, the first cargo terminal was constructed, and the control tower was renovated. In 1997, it opened the North Dock, which is used as an exclusive terminal for Iberia's Schengen flights. In 1998, it inaugurated a new control tower, 71 m tall, and then in 1999 the new South Dock opened, which implies an expansion of the international terminal. During this time, the distribution of the terminals changed: The south dock and most of the International Terminal were now called T1, the rest of the International Terminal and Domestic Terminal were now called T2 and the north dock was called T3.

In November 1998, the new runway 18R-36L started operations (replacing the previous 18–36), 4,400 m long, one of the largest in Europe under expansion plans called Major Barajas. In 2000, it began the construction of new terminals T4 and its satellite, T4S, designed by architects Antonio Lamela and Richard Rogers, and directed by architect Luis Vidal. Two parallel runways to the existing ones were also built.

The new terminals and runways were completed in 2004, but administrative delays and equipment, as well as the controversy over the redeployment of terminals, delayed service until 5 February 2006.

In 2007, the airport processed more than 52 million passengers.

Barajas today[edit]

Terminal 4, designed by Antonio Lamela and Richard Rogers; and directed by Luis Vidal, (winning team of the 2006 Stirling Prize), and TPS Engineers, (winning team of the 2006 IStructE Award for Commercial Structures)[9] was built by Ferrovial[10] and inaugurated on 5 February 2006. Terminal 4 is one of the world's largest airport terminals in terms of area, with 760,000 square meters (8,180,572 square feet) in separate landside and airside structures. It consists of a main building, T4 (470,000 m²), and a satellite building, T4S (290,000 m²), which are approximately 2.5 km apart. The new Terminal 4 is meant to give passengers a stress-free start to their journey. This is managed through careful use of illumination, with glass panes instead of walls, and numerous domes in the roof which allow natural light to pass through. With this new addition, Barajas is designed to handle 70 million passengers annually.

During the construction of Terminal 4, two more runways (15L/33R and 18L/36R) were constructed to aid in the flow of air traffic arriving and departing from Barajas. These runways were officially inaugurated on 5 February 2006 (together with the terminals), but had already been used on several occasions beforehand to test flight and air traffic manoeuvres. Thus, Barajas came to have four runways: two on a north–south axis and parallel to each other (separated by 1.8 km) and two on a northwest–southeast axis (and separated by 2.5 km). This allowed simultaneous takeoffs and landings into the airport, allowing 120 operations an hour (one takeoff or landing every 30 seconds).

Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are adjacent terminals that are home to SkyTeam and Star Alliance airlines. Terminal 4 is home to Iberia, its franchise Air Nostrum and all Oneworld partner airlines. Gate numbers are continuous in terminals 1, 2 and 3 (A1 to E89), but are separately numbered in terminal 4.

Barajas was voted "Best Airport" in the 2008 Condé Nast Traveller Reader Awards.[11]

In December 2010, the Spanish government announced plans to tender Madrid-Barajas airport to companies in the private sector for a period of up to 40 years.[12]

On 27 January 2012, Spanair suspended all flights affecting Madrid-Barajas as well as other domestic and international connections.[13] On 20 September 2012, both runways 15/33 were renamed as 14R/32L (the longest) and 14L/32R (the shortest).

Airport People Mover[edit]

Shuttle train that links Terminal 4 with its satellite

In early 2006, the first driverless transit system in Spain, and the longest airport people mover system in Europe, began transporting passengers between The new terminal (T4) and a new satellite terminal (T4S) at Madrid's Barajas International Airport. Deploying the CITYFLO 550 automatic train control technology, the system is the only mode of transportation for passengers between the two terminals, which are spaced more than two kilometres apart.

Bombardier was the full turnkey supplier for the completely underground system, including the construction of the civil works, and is operating and maintaining the system

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

Countries served by flights from Madrid–Barajas Airport (includes seasonal and future destinations).
Air Nostrum ATR 72-600 taxiing at Barajas Airport.
Air Europa Boeing 737-800 taxiing at Barajas Airport.
Iberia Airbus A320 taxiing at Barajas Airport.
Iberia Express Airbus A320 taxiing at Barajas Airport.
Cubana de Aviación Ilyushin Il-96 taxiing at Barajas Airport.
Air France Airbus A320 taxiing at Barajas Airport.
An EasyJet Airbus A319 taxis at Barajas
An American Airlines Boeing 767-300 in Oneworld alliance colors taxiing at Barajas
A LAN Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner landing at Barajas
A Delta Air Lines Boeing 767-300 taxiing at Barajas
A Ryanair Boeing 737-800 being serviced at the gate
An Iberia Airbus A340 taxiing at Barajas
Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aegean Airlines Athens 2
Aer Lingus Dublin 1
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo 1
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires-Ezeiza 1
Aeroméxico Mexico City 1
Air Algérie Algiers 4
Air Berlin Berlin-Tegel, Düsseldorf 4
Air Canada Seasonal: Toronto-Pearson 1
Air China Beijing-Capital, São Paulo-Guarulhos 1
Air Europa Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Cancún, Caracas, Dakar, Havana, La Romana, Lima, London-Gatwick, Miami, Montevideo, New York-JFK, Punta Cana, Salvador da Bahia, San Juan, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Santo Domingo, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion (begins 30 March 2015)[14]
Seasonal: Las Vegas
1
Air Europa Alicante, A Coruña, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bilbao, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, La Palma, Lanzarote, Milan-Malpensa, Munich, Palma de Mallorca, Paris-Orly, Porto, Rome-Fiumicino, Tenerife-North, Tenerife-South, Vigo
Seasonal: Menorca
2, 3
Air Europa
operated by Privilege Style
Lisbon, Ouarzazate [15] 2
Air Europa
operated by Swiftair
Asturias, Badajoz, Bilbao, Málaga, Valencia, Vigo 2
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle 3
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson 1
Alitalia Rome-Fiumicino 2
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New York-JFK 4
Avianca Bogotá, Cali, Medellín 4 (To change to T1)
Blue Air Bucharest 1
Boliviana de Aviación Santa Cruz de la Sierra 1
British Airways London-Heathrow 4
British Airways
operated by BA CityFlyer
London-City 4
Brussels Airlines Brussels 2
Bulgaria Air Sofia 4
Ceiba Intercontinental Airlines
operated by White Airways
Malabo 4
Conviasa
operated by Orbest
Caracas 1
Cubana de Aviación Havana, Santiago de Cuba 1
Czech Airlines Prague 4
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, New York-JFK 1
easyJet Berlin-Schönefeld, Bristol, Edinburgh, Lisbon, Liverpool, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Lyon, Milan-Malpensa, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse 1
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva 1
EgyptAir Cairo 1
El Al Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion 4
Emirates Dubai-International 4
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa[16] 1
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi (begins 29 March 2015)[17] 4
Finnair Helsinki 4
Germanwings
operated by Eurowings
Düsseldorf, Hamburg 1
Iberia A Coruña, Accra, Algiers, Asturias, Athens, Barcelona, Bilbao, Bogotá, Brussels, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Caracas, Casablanca, Chicago-O'Hare, Dakar, Florence (begins 29 March 2015), Geneva, Gran Canaria, Guatemala City, Guayaquil, Hamburg (begins 30 March 2015), Istanbul-Atatürk, Lagos, Lima, Lisbon, London-Heathrow, Luanda, Malabo, Mexico City, Miami, Milan-Linate, Milan-Malpensa, Montevideo,[18] Moscow-Domodedovo, Munich, New York-JFK, Nouakchott, Oran, Panama City, Paris-Orly, Prague, Quito, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão, Rome-Fiumicino, San José de Costa Rica, San Salvador, Santa Cruz de la Palma, Santander, Santo Domingo Las Americas,[19] Santiago de Chile, Santiago de Compostela, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Tenerife-North, Tenerife South, Venice-Marco Polo, Vienna, Warsaw-Chopin, Zürich
Seasonal: Boston, Budapest (begins 2 June 2015),[20] Catania (begins 6 June 2015), Dubrovnik, Los Angeles, Palermo (begins 23 June 2015), Zagreb
4
Iberia Express Alicante, Amsterdam,[21] Berlin-Tegel,Copenhagen, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh (begins 29 March 2015), Frankfurt, Fuerteventura, Hanover,[22] Lanzarote, La Palma, London-Gatwick (begins 29 March 2015),[23] Málaga, Manchester (begins 8 September 2015),[24] Naples (begins 1 June 2015), Palma de Mallorca, Paris-Charles de Gaulle (begins 7 September 2015),[24] Seville, Stockholm-Arlanda, Stuttgart,[22] Verona (begins 2 June 2015), Vigo
Seasonal: Athens, Budapest (begins 2 June 2015), Mykonos, Granada, Ibiza, Menorca, Naples, Riga, Santiago de Compostela, St Petersburg
4
Iberia Regional
operated by Air Nostrum
A Coruña, Almería, Bologna, Bordeaux, Düsseldorf, Granada, Ibiza, Jerez de la Frontera, León, Logroño, Louders, Lyon, Marseille, Marrakesh, Melilla, Menorca, Milan-Malpensa, Munich, Murcia, Nantes, Nice, Palma de Mallorca, Paris-Orly, Pamplona, Porto, Rabat, San Sebastián, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Strasbourg, Tangier, Toulouse, Turin, Valencia, Vigo
Seasonal: Asturias, Catania, Corfu, Frankfurt, Geneva, Heraklion, La Palma, Lanzarote, Lisbon, Malta, Olbia, Palermo, Santorini, Split, Venice, Vienna
4
Icelandair Seasonal: Reykjavík-Keflavík 2
KLM Amsterdam 2
Korean Air Seoul-Incheon 1
LAN Airlines Frankfurt, Santiago de Chile 4
LAN Ecuador Guayaquil 4
LAN Perú Lima 4
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw-Chopin 2
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich 2
Luxair Luxembourg 4
Meridiana Naples 4
Niki Vienna 4
Norwegian Air Shuttle Birmingham (begins 29 March 2015), Copenhagen, Hamburg, Helsinki, London-Gatwick, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda, Warsaw-Chopin
Seasonal: Catania (begins 4 April 2015), Dubrovnik (begins 31 March 2015), Malta
2
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen[25] 1
Pullmantur Air Cancún, Punta Cana 1
Qatar Airways Doha 4
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca, Marrakesh 4
Royal Air Maroc Express Casablanca, Tangier 4
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia 4
Ryanair Alghero, Beauvais, Bergamo, Berlin-Schönefeld (begins 29 March 2015), Bologna, Bratislava (begins 30 March 2015), Bremen,[26] Bucharest (begins March 28, 2015), Budapest, Catania, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Dublin, Eindhoven, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Kraków, Lanzarote, London-Stansted, Malta, Manchester, Marrakesh, Marseille, Palma de Mallorca, Pisa, Porto, Rabat, Rome-Ciampino, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Tangier, Tenerife-North, Tenerife-South, Warsaw-Modlin, Vilnius (begins March 29, 2015)
Seasonal: Cagliari, Menorca, Moss/Rygge, Palermo
1
Sata Internacional Seasonal: Ponta Delgada[27] 2
Saudia Jeddah, Riyadh 1
S7 Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo 4
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen (suspended), Stockholm-Arlanda (suspended) 2
Swiss International Air Lines Geneva, Zürich 2
TAM Airlines São Paulo-Guarulhos 4
TAP Portugal Lisbon
Seasonal:Funchal
2
TAP Portugal
operated by Portugália
Lisbon, Porto 2
TAROM Bucharest 4
Thai Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi 1
Transavia.com Eindhoven, Rotterdam 1
Transavia.com France Nantes (begins 12 April 2015), Paris-Orly 1
Tunisair Tunis 1
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk 1
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev-Boryspil
Seasonal: Lviv (begins 21 June 2015)
4
United Airlines Newark
Seasonal: Washington-Dulles
1
US Airways Philadelphia
Seasonal: Charlotte
4
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent 4
Vueling Barcelona, Florence, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Rome-Fiumicino
Seasonal: Bucharest, Ibiza, Malta, Menorca
4
Wizz Air Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, Sofia, Târgu Mureș, Timişoara 1

Charter[edit]

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Pullmantur Air Charter: Aruba, Athens, Bologna, Bogotá, Helsinki, Malmö, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Santo Domingo, Tallinn, Trondheim
Seasonal Charter: Miami
1
Sata Internacional Seasonal Charter: Terceira Island 2

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Atlantic Airlines Liège
DHL Aviation Beijing-Capital, Casablanca, Copenhagen, East Midlands, Frankfurt, Leipzig/Halle, London-Heathrow, Miami, Milan-Malpensa, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
DHL Aviation
operated by EAT Leipzig
Leipzig/Halle
FedEx Feeder
operated by Air Contractors
Dublin, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Gestair Cargo Frankfurt, Gran Canaria, Tenerife North
IAG Cargo Bogota, Buenos Aires, Lima, London-Heathrow, Mexico City, New York-JFK, Santiago-International, Sao Paulo-Guarulhos
Qatar Airways Doha
Swiftair Algiers, Athens, Barcelona, Casablanca, Gran Canaria, Lisbon, Mallorca, Milan-Malpensa, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Stockholm-Arlanda, Tenerife North [28]
Swiftair
operated by Swiftair Bahrain
Bahrain
TNT Airways Brussels, Liège
Turkish Airlines Cargo Algiers, Belgrade, Casablanca, Istanbul-Atatürk
UPS Airlines Casablanca, Chicago-O'Hare, Cologne/Bonn, London-Stansted
Terminal 4 check in hall in 2008

Traffic and statistics[edit]

Iberia aircraft in Terminal 4
T4 – Upper level to check-in, lower levels to Arrivals and metro station
Terminal 4 overview with Madrid city in the background
The main control tower in Terminal 4
Traffic on Runway 36L with Terminal 4 in the background
Terminal 1 at Madrid-Barajas.
Aeroméxico B777 at the airport.
Terminal 4 at Madrid-Barajas.
Corridor at the airport in Madrid.

Passenger numbers[edit]

Passengers Aircraft Movements Cargo (tonnes)
2001 34,050,215 375,558 295,944
2002 33,915,302 368,029 295,711
2003 35,855,861 383,804 307,026
2004 38,718,614 401,503 341,177
2005 42,146,784 415,704 333,138
2006 45,799,983 434,959 325,702
2007 52,110,787 483,292 325,201
2008 50,846,494 469,746 329,187
2009 48,437,147 435,187 302,863
2010 49,863,504 433,683 373,380
2011 50,662,512 429,390 394,154
2012 45,195,014 373,185 359,362
2013 39,729,027 333,065 345,802
Source: Aena Statistics[3]

Route statistics[edit]

Busiest domestic routes at Adolfo Suárez, Madrid-Barajas International Airport (2012)
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Barcelona 2,579,018 Air Europa, Iberia, Vueling
2 Palma de Mallorca 1,441,342 Air Berlin, Air Europa, Air Nostrum, Iberia Express, Ryanair
3 Gran Canaria 1,332,532 Air Europa, Iberia, Ryanair
4 Tenerife (North) 1,167,862 Air Europa, Iberia
5 Bilbao 839,216 Helitt Líneas Aéreas, Iberia, Ryanair
6 Santiago de Compostela 638,044 Air Nostrum, Iberia, Iberia Express, Ryanair
7 Ibiza 547,648 Air Europa, Air Nostrum, Iberia Express, Ryanair, Vueling
8 Asturias 527,411 Air Nostrum, Iberia, Ryanair
9 Vigo 520,320 Air Europa, Iberia Express
10 A Coruña 517,386 Air Nostrum, Iberia
11 Alicante 428,262 Iberia Express
12 Lanzarote 422,663 Air Europa, Air Nostrum, Iberia Express, Ryanair,
13 Málaga 402,875 Helitt Líneas Aéreas, Iberia Express
14 Seville 351,260 Iberia Express
15 Santander 320,672 Air Nostrum, Ryanair
16 Tenerife (South) 301,854 Air Europa, Ryanair, Iberia
17 Jerez de la Frontera 297,049 Iberia Express
18 Valencia 271,964 Air Nostrum, Helitt Líneas Aéreas
19 Fuerteventura 242,635 Air Europa, Iberia Express
20 Almeria 232,987 Air Nostrum
21 Granada 207,805 Air Nostrum, Iberia Express
22 Minorca 187,135 Air Europa, Air Nostrum, Iberia Express, Orbest Orizonia Airlines, Ryanair, Vueling
23 San Sebastián 170,907 Air Nostrum
24 Pamplona 145,989 Air Nostrum
25 Girona 131,363
Busiest European routes at Madrid-Barajas International Airport (NOV 13-OCT 14)
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 London (Heathrow), United Kingdom 1,257,712 British Airways, Iberia
2 Lisbon, Portugal 1,011,635 Air Europa, Air Nostrum, EasyJet, Iberia, Portugalia Airlines, TAP Portugal
3 Paris (Orly), France 998,494 Air Europa, Air Nostrum, Iberia
4 Rome (Fiumicino), Italy 973,972 Air Europa, Alitalia, EasyJet, Iberia
5 Paris (CDG), France 961,463 Air France, EasyJet, Vueling
6 Frankfurt, Germany 896,959 Air Nostrum, Iberia Express, LAN Airlines, Lufthansa
7 Amsterdam, The Netherlands 822,251 Air Europa, Iberia, Iberia Express, KLM
8 Brussels, Belgium 720,190 Air Europa, Brussels Airlines, Iberia
9 Munich, Germany 714,898 Air Nostrum, Iberia, Lufthansa, Lufthansa CityLine
10 London (Gatwick), United Kingdom 704,625 Air Europa, EasyJet
11 Milan (Malpensa), Italy 542,866 Air Europa, Air Nostrum, EasyJet, Iberia
12 Geneva, Switzerland 500,826 Air Europa, Air Nostrum, Iberia, Swiss International Air Lines
13 Zurich, Switzerland 483,298 Air Nostrum, Swiss International Air Lines
14 Porto, Portugal 382,336 Air Nostrum, Portugalia Airlines, Ryanair
15 Düsseldorf, Germany 368,287 Air Nostrum, Iberia Express, Lufthansa CityLine
16 Dublin, Ireland 363,957 Aer Lingus, Iberia Express, Ryanair
17 London (Stansted), United Kingdom 350,564 Ryanair
18 Istanbul (Atatürk), Turkey 323,367 Iberia, Turkish Airlines
19 Berlin (Tegel), Germany 273,235 Air Berlin, Iberia Express
20 Bucharest (Otopeni), Romania 259,229 Blue Air, TAROM, Wizz Air
21 Copenhagen, Denmark 254,978 Iberia Express, Pullmantur Air, Scandinavian Airlines
22 Vienna, Austria 239,671 Iberia, NIKI
23 Charleroi, Belgium 235,171 Ryanair
24 Venice (Marco Polo), Italy 232,491 Air Nostrum, Iberia
25 Bologna, Italy 227,533 Air Nostrum, Pullmantur Air, Ryanair
25 Milan (Linate), Italy 203,166 Alitalia CityLiner, Iberia
Busiest intercontinental routes at Madrid-Barajas International Airport (OCT 13-SEP 14)
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Buenos Aires (Ezeiza), Argentina 744,866 Aerolíneas Argentinas, Air Europa, Iberia
2 New York (JFK), United States 697,644 Air Europa, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Iberia
3 São Paulo (Guarulhos), Brazil 600,989 Air China, Air Europa, Iberia, TAM Airlines
4 Lima, Peru 553,134 Air Europa, Iberia, LAN Perú
5 Bogotá, Colombia 539,936 Avianca, Iberia, Pullmantur Air
6 Mexico City, Mexico 531,824 Aeroméxico, Iberia
7 Miami, United States 477,193 American Airlines, Iberia, Pullmantur Air
8 Dubai, United Arab Emirates 411,016 Emirates
9 Santiago, Chile 396,834 Iberia, LAN Airlines
10 Caracas, Venezuela 328,444 Air Europa, Iberia
11 Havana, Cuba 302,498 Air Europa, Cubana de Aviación
12 Cancún, Mexico 277,295 Air Europa, Orbest Orizonia Airlines, Pullmantur Air
13 Tel Aviv, Israel 256,647 El Al, Iberia
14 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 257,015 Air Europa, Iberia, Pullmantur Air
15 Doha, Qatar 204,295 Qatar Airways
16 Marrakesh, Morocco 204,155 Air Nostrum, Ryanair
17 San José,Costa Rica 203,820 Iberia
18 Casablanca, Morocco 186,432 Iberia, Royal Air Maroc
19 Chicago (O'Hare), United States 178,075 Iberia
19 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 175,622 Air Europa, Pullmantur Air

Ground transport[edit]

Rail[edit]

The Madrid Metro Line connects the airport with city centre station Nuevos Ministerios in the heart of Madrid's financial district. The Barajas Line 8 Line 8 provides a fast route from the underground stations at Terminal 2 (access to T1 and T3) and Terminal 4 into central Madrid. The metro also provides links to stations on the Spanish railway network. The first ride in the morning leaves from Nuevos Ministerios around 6:05 am, arriving at Terminals 1-2-3 around 6:20, and at Terminal 4 around 6:25.

In October 2006, a bid was launched for the construction of a Cercanías link between Chamartín Station and Terminal 4. Now finished, this single Cercanías Line (C-1) links Madrid Barajas Terminal 4, with Chamartín Station and Atocha AVE high-speed train stations.[29] In June 2011 a decision was made to equip this link with dual gauge which will allow AVE high-speed trains to reach the airport station.[30]

The Nuevos Ministerios metro station allowed checking-in[31] right by the AZCA business area in central Madrid, but this convenience has been suspended indefinitely after the building of Terminal 4.[32]

EMT Bus[edit]

EMT (Madrid Municipal Transport Company) runs regular public bus services between the airport and Madrid (Avenida de América station): bus 200 runs as a complete line – dropping passengers off at departures of terminals 1, 2 and 4 before collecting passengers in the reverse order at arrivals. The EMT public night bus service N4 (nicknamed "Buho", Owl) also services from Madrid downtown (Plaza Cibeles) to Barajas (Plaza de los Hermanos Falcó y Alvarez de Toledo, 400m from the airport through a passageway above the highway). EMT also have an express bus linking Barajas airport to Renfe's Atocha Station, the main rail station in Madrid, during day and Plaza Cibeles during night. Unlike the two services mentioned above, this line runs 24 hours of the day during all the days of the year.[33]

Airport parking[edit]

Long- and short-term car parking is provided at the airport with seven public parking areas. P1 is an outdoor car park located in front of the terminal building; P2 is an indoor car park with direct access to terminals T2 and T3. A Parking 'Express' facility, available for short periods only, is located at Terminal 2, and dedicated long-term parking is also available with 1,655 spaces; a free shuttle operates between the long-stay car park and all terminals. There are also VIP car parks.

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 30 September 1972, Douglas C-47B EC-AQE of Spantax crashed on take-off. The aircraft was being used for training duties and the student pilot over-rotated and stalled. One of the six people on board were killed.[34]
  • On 27 November 1983, Avianca Flight 011 crashed while attempting to land. Flight 011 struck a series of hills, causing the plane's right wing to break off. The 747 then cartwheeled, shattering into five pieces before coming to rest upside-down. Only 11 of the 169 passengers survived – there were no survivors among the 23 crew.[36]
  • On 7 December 1983, an Iberia 727 operating as Iberia Flight 350[37] collided during takeoff with Aviaco Flight 134, a DC-9[38] The Aviaco DC9 had accidentally entered the runway as the Iberia flight was taking off.[39] One hundred thirty-five people were killed, including 93 from the Iberia and 42 from the Aviaco.
  • On 15 July 2006, the winglet of a Thai Airways International Boeing 747-400 HS-TGY operating flight TG943 from Madrid Barajas Airport in Spain to Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport cut off the tail of an Air France ERJ-145 while taxiing to the runway for take-off. No injuries were reported.[40]
  • On the morning of 30 December 2006, an explosion took place in the carpark building module D attached to Terminal 4. A bomb threat was phoned in at approximately 8:15 local time (7:15 GMT), with the caller stating that a car bomb carried with 800 kg of explosive would explode at 9:00 local time (8:00 GMT).[41] After receipt of the warning, police were able to evacuate part of the airport.[42] Later, an anonymous caller stated that ETA claims responsibility for the bombing.[43] As a result of the explosion, two Ecuadorians who were sleeping in their cars died. The whole module D of the car park was levelled to the ground, around 40,000 tonnes of debris. It took six days to recover the body of the second victim from the rubble.
  • On 20 August 2008, Spanair Flight 5022 which was travelling to Gran Canaria, veered off to the right and into the ground while climbing immediately after lifting off from runway 36L at 14:45 local time. The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) MD-82 with registration "EC-HFP", was carrying 172 people, including 162 passengers.[44] In the accident, 154 people were killed, two were seriously injured and 12 were slightly injured. Prime Minister Zapatero ordered three days of national mourning.[45]
  • On 3 December 2010, during the Spanish air traffic controllers strike, Madrid–Barajas 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.[46] On the morning of 4 December, the government declared a "State of Alert", ordering on the controllers back to work. Shortly after the measure was implemented, controllers started returning to work and the strike was called off.[47]

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