One of the advantages of Barcelona airport is that it is really close by the center of city, at just 7,46 miles. It is specifically located at El Prat del Llobregat, the town that gives the name ‘Aeroport del Prat’ to the airport, the second largest of the country after Madrid ‘Aeropuerto de Barajas’. The passenger traffic of 2010 was about 30 million and the position of Barcelona El Prat Airport (IATA: BCN) of the busiest in the world is 32. It is connect with America, North Africa, Asiatic Southeast and obviously Europe.
Depending on the airline that you are flying with, departing or landing, you are able to use one of the two terminals that the airport has. The biggest and the newest one is T1, finished at 2009. It has 101 gates in its 545.000 m2 divided in the areas A, B, C, D and E.
Terminal 2 (T2), the second most important, has 149.359 m2 with 48 gates and just 30 with finger-docks. It’s subdivided in T2A, T2B and T2C.
About the transport from the airport, the passengers are able to use a rented Car, Taxi, Bus or Train services.
This airport is nowadays one of the most important facilities that Catalonia has. It is a relevant tool to connect Barcelona with the world and all the business that are growing around Europe through the Mediterranean area.
The basic connections of ‘Barcelona El Prat’ today are mostly European cities, with a couple of representation at other intercontinental airports. This is one of the main points that the government of Catalonia is forcing every day to keep his ambitious target of world expansion.
Vueling and Spanair are the two carriers with an operational base at the airport. The most active route from Barcelona is the called “Air Bridge” known in Spanish as ‘Puente Aereo’ that connects Barcelona and Madrid with 971 operations during the week until 2008. The construction of the new high speed train AVE has reduced the number of flights every day, but still being the most used air connection of Barcelona airport.
As well as the national operations, the new fever of low cost flights brought to Barcelona airport a couple of years ago different foreign companies like Easyjet, Ryanair or WizzAir among other national and international companies. It is also one of the goals of Barcelona to keep the tourism of the city emerge, helped with these connections, bringing people from all over the continent.
Additionally it has been a lot of recent changes at the facilities of the airport very significant for its future but still has to improve with upcoming projects at the following years. Apart of the 2 existing Terminals it is being planned to build an additional T1 space called T1s (Terminal Satellite) and will increase the passenger traffic to 15 million more each year which means a total of 70 million every year, this would set Barcelona among the first 5 busiest airports of the world in passenger traffic.