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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, Catalonia
Location El Prat de Llobregat
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 14 ft / 4 m
Coordinates Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
BCN is located in Spain
Location within Spain
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07L/25R 3,552 11,653 Asphalt concrete
07R/25L 2,660 8,727 Asphalt concrete
02/20 2,528 8,293 Asphalt concrete
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 2015 39,711,276
Passenger change 14-15 Increase 5.7%
Aircraft movements 288,878
Movements change 14-15 Increase 1.8%
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 an international airport 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.

It is the main airport of Catalonia, the second largest in Spain behind Madrid Barajas Airport and one of the busiest in the world. 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 (China and Singapore), Latin America (Argentina, Brazil and Colombia), North America (United States and Canada) and Sub-Saharan Africa (Senegal, Gambia, Ghana and Cabo Verde). The Airport was a hub for Spanair before it suspended services on 27 January 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 (now called runway 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 16 June 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 1 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 also offers a second daily flight, but with Boeing 777 aircraft.

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 Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Orlando and Miami, 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.

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

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).

The terminal handles both Schengen and non-Schengen flights.

Its facilities include:

  • 258 check-in counters
  • 60 jetways (some are prepared for the A380, with double jetway)
  • 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

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 1992 Summer Olympics held in city.[10] This expansion was also designed by Ricardo Bofill Levi.

Following the opening of Terminal 1 in 2009, Terminal 2 became almost 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 and EasyJet Switzerland flights, with flights to the UK using module M0, whilst flights to the rest of Europe use module M1. Terminal 2B is mostly used by Ryanair and others. And T2A is adapted for large airplanes, such as B777.

Airlines and destinations


Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aegean Airlines Athens 1
Aer Lingus Dublin
Seasonal: Cork
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo 1
operated by Rossiya Airlines
Saint Petersburg 1
Aerolíneas Argentinas Buenos Aires–Ezeiza 1
Air Algérie Algiers, Oran 1
Air Arabia Maroc Casablanca, Nador, Tangier 2B
Air Berlin Düsseldorf 1
Air Canada Rouge Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau
Air China Beijing–Capital, Vienna 1
Air Europa Granada, Madrid, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife–North, Vigo
Seasonal: Fuerteventura, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
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
Seasonal: Charlotte, Philadelphia
Arkia Seasonal: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion 1
Atlantic Airways Seasonal: Vágar 2B
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna 1
Avianca Bogotá 1
Belavia Minsk 2B
Blue Air Bucharest, Iași (begins 27 March 2016) 2B
British Airways London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow 1
Brussels Airlines Brussels 1
Bulgaria Air Sofia 2B
Chalair Aviation Seasonal: Limoges 2B
Croatia Airlines Seasonal: Zagreb 1
Czech Airlines Prague 1
Delta Air Lines New York–JFK
Seasonal: Atlanta
easyJet Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bordeaux (begins 15 April 2016), Bristol, Liverpool, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, London–Southend, Lyon, Milan–Malpensa, Naples (begins 27 March 2016), Newcastle upon Tyne, Nice, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Belfast–International
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva 2C
EgyptAir Cairo 1
El Al Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion 1
Emirates Dubai–International 1
Eurowings Düsseldorf (begins 27 March 2016),[12] Vienna 2B
Finnair Helsinki 1
Freebird Airlines Seasonal: Istanbul–Atatürk 2B
Germanwings Berlin–Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover, Stuttgart 2B
I-Fly Moscow–Vnukovo 2B
Iberia Madrid 1
Iberia Regional
operated by Air Nostrum
Badajoz (begins 2 February 2016),[13] León
Seasonal: Melilla, Tangier
Icelandair Seasonal: Reykjavík–Keflavík[14] 2B
Ikar Airlines Seasonal: Moscow–Sheremetyevo 2B
Israir Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion 1 Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford
Seasonal: Manchester
Jetairfly[15] Antwerp, Ostend/Bruges 2B
KLM Amsterdam 1
Korean Air Seasonal: Seoul–Incheon[16] 1
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin 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: Arkhangelsk, Belgorod, Chelyabinsk, 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, Birmingham, Copenhagen, Fuerteventura,[17] Gothenburg, Gran Canaria,[17] Hamburg, Helsinki, London–Gatwick, Oslo, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda, Tenerife–North,[17] Trondheim, Warsaw–Chopin
Seasonal: Bergen, Dubrovnik, Sandefjord
Orenair Seasonal: Moscow–Domodedovo, Yekaterinburg 2B
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen 2B
Primera Air Seasonal: Reykjavík–Keflavík[18] 2B
Qatar Airways Doha 1
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Seasonal: Tangier
Royal Flight Seasonal: Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg 2B
Royal Jordanian Amman–Queen Alia 1
Ryanair Beauvais, Bergamo, Berlin–Schönefeld, Birmingham, Bologna, Brussels, Budapest, Cologne/Bonn, Dublin, Edinburgh, Fes, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Hamburg, Ibiza, Jerez de la Frontera, Lanzarote, Liverpool, London–Stansted, Manchester, Marrakesh (begins 1 April 2016), Nador, Palma de Mallorca, Porto, Prestwick,[19] Rome–Fiumicino, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Tenerife–North, Tenerife–South, Treviso, Turin, Valladolid, Vigo, Vilnius, Warsaw–Modlin
Seasonal: Charleroi, East Midlands, Málaga, Menorca, Rome–Ciampino, Stockholm–Skavsta
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Oslo
Seasonal: Bergen, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda, Trondheim
Singapore Airlines São Paulo–Guarulhos, Singapore 1
SkyWork Airlines Seasonal: Bern 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
Geneva 1
TAM Airlines São Paulo–Guarulhos 1
TAP Portugal Lisbon 1
TAP Portugal
operated by Portugália
Lisbon, Porto 1
TAROM Bucharest 1
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Seasonal: Brussels 2B
Transavia Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam/The Hague 2B
Transavia France Paris–Orly 2B
Travel Service
under the brand SmartWings
Seasonal: Prague 2B
Tunisair Tunis 1
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen 1
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev–Boryspil 1
United Airlines Newark
Seasonal: Washington–Dulles (begins 26 May 2016)[20]
Ural Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo
Seasonal: Yekaterinburg
UTair Aviation Seasonal: Yekaterinburg 2B
VIM Airlines Seasonal: Moscow–Domodedovo 2B
Vueling A Coruña, Accra, Algiers, Alicante, Almería, Amsterdam, Asturias, Athens, Banjul, Basel/Mulhouse, Bergen, Berlin–Tegel, Bilbao, Birmingham, Bologna, Bordeaux, Brindisi, Brussels, Casablanca, Catania, Constantine (begins 3 March 2016),[21] Copenhagen, Dakar, Djerba, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, Eindhoven (begins 29 April 2016), Fes, Florence, Frankfurt, Fuerteventura, Geneva, Gran Canaria, Granada, Hamburg, Hannover, Ibiza, Jerez de la Frontera, Lanzarote, Lille, Lisbon, Liverpool (begins 27 March 2016),[22] London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow,[23] London–Luton (begins 1 June 2016),[24] Luxembourg, Lyon, Madrid, Málaga, Manchester,[25] Marrakesh, Marseilles, Menorca, Milan–Malpensa, Moscow–Domodedovo, Munich, Nador, Nantes, Naples, Newcastle upon Tyne (begins 28 March 2016), Nice, Oran, Oslo, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Pisa, Porto, Prague, Rabat, Rennes, Rome–Fiumicino, Rotterdam/The Hague, 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, Bari, Bastia, Beirut,[26] Belfast–City,[27] Belgrade,[28] Brest, Bucharest, Budapest,[29] Cagliari,[30] Cardiff, Cluj-Napoca, Corfu, Dortmund, Dresden, Dubrovnik, Faro, Funchal, Genoa, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Heraklion, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Kiev–Zhulyany,[31] Kraków, Krasnodar,[32] La Palma, Larnaca, Leeds/Bradford (begins 28 March 2016),[33] Leipzig/Halle, Lourdes, Maastricht/Aachen (begins 2 June 2016), Malta, Minsk, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Mykonos, Nuremberg, Olbia, Pamplona, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Riga (begins 24 June 2016),[34] Saint Petersburg, Sal,[35] Samara,[32] Santorini, Sofia, Split, Stavanger, Tallinn, Thessaloniki, Trieste, Tunis, Verona, Vilnius (begins 28 June 2016),[34] Yerevan, Zadar, Zagreb
Windrose Airlines Seasonal: Kiev–Boryspil 2B
Wizz Air Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, Craiova, Gdańsk, Katowice, Riga, Skopje,[36] Sofia, Timişoara, Vilnius, Warsaw–Chopin
Seasonal: Poznań[37]
WOW air Seasonal: Reykjavík–Keflavík 2B
Yakutia Airlines Seasonal: Moscow–Vnukovo 2B


Airlines Destinations
Atlas Air Los Angeles
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 Canada Boeing 767-33AER (C-GHPN)
Air Transat Airbus A310-304ET (C-GTSF)
Main airlines in Barcelona–El Prat 2014
Rank Airline Passengers Services to
1 Spain Vueling 13,703,747 Europe, Africa, Asia
2 Republic of Ireland Ryanair 4,760,426 Europe, Africa
3 United Kingdom easyJet 2,358,293 Europe
4 Germany Lufthansa 1,421,438 Germany (Munich and Frankfurt)
5 Spain Air Europa 1,205,736 Spain
6 Spain Iberia 1,009,598 Spain
7 Norway Norwegian Air Shuttle 828,218 Europe
8 United Kingdom British Airways 827,650 Great Britain (London)
9 France Air France 721,159 France (Paris)
10 Switzerland Swiss International Air Lines 653,317 Switzerland (Geneva and Zürich)
11 Netherlands KLM 575,127 The Netherlands (Amsterdam)
12 Germany Germanwings 523,653 Germany
13 Switzerland easyJet Switzerland 514,019 Switzerland
14 Hungary Wizz Air 505,595 Europe
15 Netherlands Transavia 449,711 The Netherlands
16 Portugal TAP Portugal 437,355 Portugal
17 Italy Alitalia 331,230 Italy
18 United Arab Emirates Emirates 321,258 United Arab Emirates (Dubai)
19 Turkey Turkish Airlines 320,523 Turkey
20 Russia Aeroflot 288,546 Russia (Moscow and Saint Petersburg)
21 United Kingdom Monarch Airlines 272,457 Great Britain
22 United States American Airlines 266,583 United States of America
23 Belgium Brussels Airlines 252,734 Belgium (Brussels)
24 Qatar Qatar Airways 233,039 Qatar (Doha)
25 Russia Transaero Airlines 224,585 Russia
Busiest International Routes Ago 14-Jul 15[38]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 United Kingdom London Gatwick 1.317.031 British Airways, Easyjet, Monarch Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Vueling
2 Netherlands Amsterdam Schiphol 1.201.641 KLM, Transavia, Vueling
3 France Paris Charles de Gaulle 1.200.217 Air France, Easyjet, Vueling
4 Italy Rome Fiumicino 1.132.929 Alitalia, Ryanair, Vueling
5 Germany Frankfurt International 1.031.150 Lufthansa, Vueling
6 France Paris Orly 932.583 Transavia, Vueling
7 Belgium Brussels National 878.326 Brussels Airlines, Ryanair, Vueling
8 Germany Munich F.J.Strauss 752.927 Lufthansa, Vueling
9 United Kingdom London Heathrow 661.421 British Airways, Vueling
10 Italy Milan Malpensa 633.349 Easyjet, Vueling
11 Switzerland Zürich International 604.331 Swiss International Air Lines, Vueling
12 Portugal Lisbon 582.754 Portugalia, TAP Portugal, Vueling
14 Switzerland Geneva Cointrin 510.015 Easyjet Switzerland, Swiss International Air Lines, Vueling
15 United Kingdom London Stansted 468.213 Ryanair
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
2015 39,711,276 +5.7

Source: 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
2014 283,850 +2,7
2015 288,878 +1,8
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
2015 117,219 +14.1

Ground transportation


Terminal 2 has its own Rodalies Barcelona commuter train station on the line R2, 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 shuttle train is going to be built from Terminal 1 to Barcelona Sants (connected with the high speed train, the AVE) and Passeig de Gràcia Stations is expected by April 2018. The airport will also be connected by subway in February 2016 by Line 9 of the Barcelona Metro as announced by the Catalan Government.


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 offers 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 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.

Incidents and accidents

  • 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.[39] On the morning of 4 December, 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.[40]


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Further reading

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

External links

Media related to Barcelona Airport at Wikimedia Commons