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General information

Barcelona airport air traffic control  tower

Barcelona Airport is located in the southwest of the Barcelona, 12 km southwest of the center of city, between the city limits of El Prat de Llobregat, the town gives its name to the airport, Viladecans and Sant Boi.

Also known as Barcelona El Prat airport, it is located just three kilometres from the Port of Barcelona and 7 km from the Zona Franca Industrial Estate, one of the most important industrial and logistical parks in Spain and key factor in Barcelona’s economic strength.

It belongs to the public company ENAIRE (before called AENA), "Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea", who manages almost all the Spanish airport network.

Barcelona aiport is the main airport in Catalonia, and the second biggest in Spain, behind Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport. By its passenger traffic data in 2015 is the 10th european airpor; located at position 27th, and 2snd position as best airport in Southern Europe, in the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2015.

Madrid-Barcelona air shuttle continues being the route with Spain's busiest passenger.


Barcelona Airport has 3 takeoff and landing areas, two in parallel named 07L/25R and 07R/25L and one crossed, the 02/20. It has two passenger terminals, the terminal T1 and the terminal T2. The recently modifications on the airport's structure have provoked that the three older terminals has become in one, the terminal T2 (T2A, T2B and T2C). The airport has the IATA airport code BCN and the ICAO code LEBL.

Barcelona airport is accessible through public transportation of metro, train and bus from the center of Barcelona. It has also a permanent service of cabs, and is communicated with the rest of provinces by long distance buses. In a near future the high-speed train AVE will arrive to the airport.

Terminal T1 level structure
Terminal T1 level structure

Barcelona metro/Subway stations Aeroport T2 and Aeroport T1

The long awaited L9 line of Barcelona Metro has been launch in february of 2016.

Metro line L2 also plans arrive to the airport, although at first there is no date, but hope can be finished before 2020..

Remodeling of the commercial area

In late 2012, coinciding with a change in the direction of the airport -now leaded by Sonia Corrochano-, Aena launched a competition for the award of the exploitation of new commercial area shops in the terminals T1 and T2. The company World Duty Free Group will be awarded in this contest.

La Plaza Comercial (commercial area) at Barcelona airport will become in the coming years in a market benchmark. With the aim of improving the passenger experience on pre-shipment areas, shops of brand names known existing spaces with the addition of new luxury brands that give a quality standard comparable to other European airports.

Stores the total reach 11,950 m2, ie, 36.9% higher than at present. The area for the Duty Free shops will extend 1,959 m2 to 3.853 m2 in 2014. This expansion has resulted in the modification of the Sky Center and it has become the new Shopping Center, with nearly twice the space dedicated to shopping and 50 duty paid stores and five duty free outlets.

During the last half of 2015, AENA has completed the first phase of these modifications in commercial area in T1, with an important area dedicated to luxury products and large firms in cosmetics and fashion industry. Great prestigious brands have joined the existing offer, giving the commercial area a great experience for airport users. These 15 new stores are located in the area of ​​Shopping Center (10), La Plaza (3), and terminal T1 check-in desk area (2), and they offer services related to fashion and accessories, shoes, lingerie, jewelry products, cosmetics and press.

While these renovations are taking place, the shops of the terminal T1 and the shops of the terminal T2 are fully operational.

Silent airport

Barcelona Airport El Prat behaves as silent airport. He did it after to reduce the amount of public information messages emitted by loudspeakers. Thus, it helps to make the stay pleasant and quiet both travelers and their companions, as airport employees themselves.

The elimination of these messages apply only to messages last call boarding and automatic public address, which could be heard in the commercial Sky Center in T1 and in the common area prior to boarding modules T2, except for contingency situations. The rest of the messages will be emitted without any change. Also will continue to spread the messages of local public address in the area near the gate.

As reinforcement of this measure, it has added new flight information monitors in the restaurant area, and they incorporate a notice to go to the gate with enough time indicated by the airline itself.