Josep Tarradellas Barcelona–El Prat Airport

Josep Tarradellas Barcelona–El Prat Airport[1][5] (IATA: BCN, ICAO: LEBL) (Catalan: Aeroport Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat, Spanish: Aeropuerto Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat), previously named Barcelona-El Prat and also known as El Prat Airport, is an international airport located 12 km (7.5 mi) southwest[6] of the centre of Barcelona, lying in the municipalities of El Prat de Llobregat, Viladecans, and Sant Boi, in Catalonia, Spain, Europe. It has been named after a former President of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Josep Tarradellas, since 27 February 2019.[1]

Josep Tarradellas
Barcelona–El Prat Airport

Aeropuerto Josep Tarradellas
Barcelona–El Prat
Aeroport Josep Tarradellas
Barcelona–El Prat
Aena Barcelona JT.svg
Airport typePublic
ServesBarcelona, Spain
LocationEl Prat de Llobregat
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL14 ft / 4 m
Coordinates41°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 3,743 12,281 Asphalt concrete
07R/25L 2,660 8,727 Asphalt concrete
02/20 2,528 8,293 Asphalt concrete
Passenger change 18–19Increase 5.0%
Aircraft movements344,558
Movements change 18–19Increase 2.7%
Cargo (t)177,271,406
Cargo change 18–19Increase 2.5%
Sources: Passenger Traffic, AENA[2]
Spanish AIP, AENA,[3][4]

It is the second largest and busiest airport in Spain, and the sixth busiest in Europe. In 2019, Barcelona Airport handled a record 52,686,314 million passengers, up 5.0% from 2018. It is a hub for Level and Vueling, and a focus city for Air Europa, Iberia, EasyJet, Norwegian and Ryanair.

The Barcelona–Madrid air shuttle service, known as "Pont Aeri" (in Catalan) or "Puente Aéreo" (in Spanish), 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.[8]


Airport Layout

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

The new Terminal 1 was inaugurated on 16 June 2009, covering 545,000 m2 (5,866,331 sq ft). 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.

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.

On 1 February 2014, Barcelona–El Prat was the first Spanish airport to receive a daily flight with the Airbus A380-800, on the Emirates route to Dubai International Airport. Emirates also offers a second daily flight, also operated by the A380-800.

International Airlines Group (IAG) announced in December 2016 flights from Barcelona to the US, Latin America and Asia for the summer of 2017. IAG, formed by British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and Aer Lingus, created Level, the second airline, after Norwegian, launching low-cost long haul flights from the Catalan city.[11] They announced flights from June 2017 to Los Angeles, Oakland, Punta Cana and Buenos Aires.[relevant? ]


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 International, 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 later 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)[12] 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, this is better explained in Terminal T1 section.

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?]


The new control tower is a hyperboloid structure.
Terminal 1
Terminal 2

Terminal 1Edit

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), an aircraft ramp of 600,000 m2 (6,500,000 sq ft), 13,000 new parking spaces and 45 new gates expandable to 60. This terminal is also capable of handling large aircraft like the Airbus A380-800 or Boeing 747-8I.

The terminal handles both Schengen and non-Schengen flights. It is split into 5 Modules with Module A handling flights to Madrid, Module B handling Schengen flights, Module C handling Air Nostrum flights, Module D handling non-Schengen European flights and Module E handling non-Schengen non-European flights.

Its facilities include:

  • 258 check-in counters
  • 60 jetways (some are prepared for the A380, with double jetway)
  • 15 baggage carousels (one new carousel is equivalent to 4 carousels in the old terminal) and
  • 12,000 parking spaces, in addition to the 12,000 already in terminal 2.

The forecast is that the airport will be able to handle 55 million passengers annually —as opposed to the 30 million people before its construction— 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 had a budget of €1 billion.

It is also planned the construction of a satellite terminal —T1S or Terminal 1 Satèl·lit, in Catalan— considering that the airport is on the verge of overcrowding because terminals cannot handle all passengers because of space shortage. This terminal will be at 1,5 kilometres from the current T1 terminal, behind the 02-20, transversal, runway. With this action, the airport will be able to increase its passenger capacity to 70 million people annually.

Terminal 2Edit

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.

This terminal is mostly occupied by low-cost airlines, although there are some full-service airlines which also use this terminal.

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 for departures. 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, like Transavia. And T2A is adapted for large airplanes, such as B777. The terminal is also split into Modules, where flights to schengen destinations use Module U and flights to non Schengen destinations use Modules W and Y.

Airlines and destinationsEdit


The following airlines operate regular scheduled flights to and from Barcelona:[13]

Aegean Airlines Athens
Seasonal: Thessaloniki (begins 30 May 2020)[14]
Aer Lingus Dublin
Seasonal: Cork, Shannon (begins 2 May 2020)[15]
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Aeroméxico Mexico City[16]
Air Algérie Algiers, Oran
Air Arabia Maroc Casablanca, Fez, Nador, Tangier
airBaltic Riga
Air Canada Rouge Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Air China Beijing–Capital, Shanghai–Pudong[17]
Aircompany Armenia Seasonal: Yerevan
Air Europa Madrid, Palma de Mallorca
Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv[18]
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle[19]
Air Moldova Chișinău
Air Senegal Dakar–Diass[20]
Air Serbia Belgrade
Air Transat Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau
Alitalia Rome–Fiumicino
American Airlines Miami, New York–JFK
Seasonal: Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare,[21] Philadelphia
AnadoluJet Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen[22]
Arkia Tel Aviv
Asiana Airlines Seoul–Incheon[23]
Atlantic Airways Seasonal: Vágar
Austrian Airlines Vienna[24]
Avianca Bogotá
Azerbaijan Airlines Seasonal: Baku
Azur Air[25] Charter: Moscow–Vnukovo[26]
Seasonal charter: Kazan, Krasnodar, Novosibirsk (begins 28 May 2020), Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Samara
Belavia Minsk
Blue Air Bucharest, Iași (all suspended)
Bluebird Airways Tel Aviv[27]
British Airways London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Bulgaria Air Seasonal: Sofia
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong[28]
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf
Croatia Airlines Zagreb
Czech Airlines Prague
Delta Air Lines New York–JFK
Seasonal: Atlanta
easyJet Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bordeaux, Bristol, Geneva, Glasgow (begins 29 March 2020),[29] Liverpool, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, London–Southend, Lyon, Manchester,[30] Milan–Malpensa, Naples, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nice, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Belfast–International
EgyptAir Cairo
El Al Tel Aviv
Emirates Dubai–International, Mexico City
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi[31]
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart
Finnair Helsinki
Georgian Airways Seasonal: Tbilisi[32]
GetJet Airlines Seasonal charter: Vilnius[33]
Iberia Madrid
Iberia Regional Badajoz, Burgos, León, Valencia
Seasonal: Funchal (begins 21 July 2020)[34], Pamplona (resumes 14 April 2020)
Icelandair Seasonal: Reykjavík–Keflavík (resumes 23 May 2020)[35]
Israir Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv[36] Birmingham (begins 3 April 2020),[37] Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester
KLM Amsterdam
Korean Air Seoul–Incheon
LATAM Brasil São Paulo–Guarulhos
LATAM Perú Lima
Lauda Vienna
Level Amsterdam,[38] Boston, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, New York–JFK, San Francisco, Santiago de Chile, Vienna
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Luxembourg
Mahan Air Tehran–Imam Khomeini[39]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, London–Gatwick, Los Angeles, New York–JFK,[40] Oslo–Gardermoen, Reykjavík–Keflavík, San Francisco, Stockholm–Arlanda, Tel Aviv
Seasonal: Bergen, Chicago–O'Hare, Fort Lauderdale,[41] Stavanger
Pakistan International Airlines[42] Islamabad, Sialkot
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Qatar Airways Doha
Rossiya Saint Petersburg
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Royal Flight Seasonal charter: Ufa
Royal Jordanian Amman–Queen Alia
Ryanair Athens,[43] Beauvais, Bergamo, Berlin–Schönefeld, Birmingham, Bologna, Brussels, Budapest, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Dublin, Edinburgh, Fez, Frankfurt,[44] Fuerteventura, Gothenburg, Gran Canaria, Hamburg, Ibiza, Jerez de la Frontera, Kiev–Boryspil, Krakow, Liverpool, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Luxembourg, Málaga, Malta, Manchester, Marrakesh, Milan–Malpensa (begins 25 October 2020), Nador, Naples, Palma de Mallorca, Podgorica, Porto, Prague, Riga, Rome–Fiumicino, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Sofia, Stockholm–Skavsta, Tenerife–North, Turin, Valladolid, Venice, Vilnius, Warsaw–Modlin
Seasonal: Cardiff, East Midlands, Glasgow–Prestwick, Menorca
S7 Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo, Saint Petersburg[45]
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Bergen, Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda
Singapore Airlines Singapore
SkyUp Kiev–Boryspil
Seasonal: Kharkiv, Lviv (begins 29 May 2020),[46] Odessa, Zaporizhia
Smartwings Seasonal: Prague
Sun D'Or Seasonal: Tel Aviv
Swiss International Air Lines Geneva, Zürich
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
TAROM Bucharest
Transavia Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam
Transavia France Paris–Orly
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Casablanca (begins 10 April 2020)[47]
TUI fly Deutschland Cologne/Bonn,[48] Frankfurt[48]
Tunisair Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev–Boryspil
Seasonal: Lviv
United Airlines Newark
Seasonal: Washington–Dulles
Ural Airlines Seasonal: Moscow–Domodedovo, Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg
Utair Seasonal: Moscow–Vnukovo (begins 1 June 2020)
Volotea Nantes (begins 10 April 2020), Strasbourg (begins 10 April 2020)[49]
Vueling Aalborg, A Coruña, Algiers, Alicante, Almería, Amsterdam, Asturias, Athens, Banjul, Bari, Basel/Mulhouse, Beirut, Berlin–Tegel, Bilbao, Birmingham, Bologna, Bordeaux, Brussels, Budapest, Cagliari, Catania, Copenhagen, Dakar–Diass, Dublin, Dubrovnik, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, Florence, Fuerteventura, Geneva, Gothenburg, Granada, Gran Canaria, Hamburg, Hannover, Ibiza, Jerez de la Frontera, Lanzarote, La Palma, Lisbon, London–Gatwick, Lyon, Madrid, Málaga, Malta, Manchester, Marrakesh, Marseille, Menorca, Milan–Malpensa, Munich, Murcia (begins 30 March 2020),[50] Nantes, Naples, Nice, Nuremberg, Olbia, Oran, Oslo–Gardermoen, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Pisa, Porto, Prague, Rennes, Rome–Fiumicino, Saint Petersburg, San Sebastián, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Stockholm–Arlanda, Stuttgart, Tangier, Tel Aviv, Tenerife–North, Tenerife–South, Toulouse, Turin, Valencia, Valladolid, Venice, Vienna, Vigo, Zürich
Seasonal: Alghero, Belgrade, Bergamo, Brest, Bucharest, Corfu, Faro, Fez, Genoa, Heraklion, Kiev–Zhuliany, Lille, Minsk[51], Moscow–Domodedovo, Mykonos, Nador, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Santorini, Split, Tunis, Zagreb
WestJet Seasonal: Toronto–Pearson
Windrose Airlines Seasonal: Kiev–Boryspil[52]
Wizz Air Bucharest (suspended), Budapest, Chișinău, Cluj-Napoca (suspended), Craiova (suspended), Debrecen, Iași (begins 1 August 2020),[53] Katowice, Kraków (begins 1 July 2020),[54] Kutaisi,[55] Skopje,[56] Sofia, Timişoara (suspended), Vilnius, Warsaw–Chopin
Seasonal: Gdańsk, Riga


ASL Airlines Belgium Brussels, Liège
Cargolux Hong Kong, Baku, Luxembourg
DHL Aviation Vitoria
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai–Al-Maktoum
FedEx Express Paris–Charles de Gaulle
MNG Airlines Charter: Istanbul–Atatürk
Swiftair Madrid, Palma de Mallorca
ULS Airlines Cargo Istanbul–Atatürk
UPS Airlines Cologne/Bonn, Valencia


Main AirlinesEdit

Main airlines in 2019[57]
Rank Airline Passengers
1 Vueling 20,381,235
2 Ryanair 7,828,218
3 Iberia 1,761,680
4 EasyJet Europe 1,724,336
5 EasyJet UK 1,607,272
6 Lufthansa 1,492,483
7 Air Europa 1,095,636
8 Norwegian Air International 1,058,699
9 Wizz Air 1,041,784
10 British Airways 784,889

Main RoutesEdit

Busiest Routes to and from Barcelona - El Prat Airport (2019)
Rank Country Airport Passengers Airlines
1   Spain Madrid-Barajas 2,569,295 Air Europa, Vueling, Iberia
2   Spain Palma de Mallorca Airport 2,172,796 Air Europa, Ryanair, Vueling
3   United Kingdom London-Gatwick 1,587,255 EasyJet, Norwegian Air International, Vueling
4   Italy Rome Fiumicino 1,402,095 Alitalia, Ryanair, Vueling
5   Netherlands Amsterdam Schiphol 1,384,598 KLM, LEVEL, Transavia, Vueling
6   France Paris Charles De Gaulle 1,372,239 Air France, EasyJet, Vueling
7   Spain Ibiza Airport 1,206,563 Ryanair, Vueling
8   France Paris-Orly 1,148,503 Transavia France, Vueling
9   Spain Seville Airport 1,041,850 Ryanair, Vueling
10   Germany Frankfurt Airport 1,036,557 Lufthansa, Ryanair
Barcelona Airport Passenger volume progression (1963-2017)
Passenger Volume
Year Passengers %
1963 1,000,000
1977 5,000,000
1990 9,205,000
1991 9,145,000 -0.7
1992 10,196,000 +11.5
1993 9,999,000 -2.0
1994 10,647,285 +6.5
1995 11,727,814 +10.1
1996 13,434,679 +14.6
1997 15,065,724 +12.1
1998 16,194,805 +7.3
1999 17,421,938 +7.6
2000 19,809,567 +13.8
2001 20,745,536 +4.7
2002 21,348,211 +2.9
2003 22,752,667 +6.6
2004 24,558,138 +7.9
2005 27,152,745 +10.6
2006 30,008,152 +10.5
2007 32,898,249 +9.6
2008 30,208,134 -8.2
2009 27,311,765 -9.4
2010 29,209,595 +6.5
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
2016 44,154,693 +11.2
2017 47,284,500 +7.1
2018 50,172,457 +6.1
2019 52,686,314 +5.0
2020 (Jan-Feb) 6,677,407 +2.0

Source: Airport of 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
2015 288,878 +1,8
2016 307,864 +6,6
2017 323,539 +5,1
2018 335,651 +3.7
2019 344,558 +2.7
2020 (Jan-Feb) 46,437 -0.6
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
2016 132,754 +13.3
2017 156,105 +14.9
2018 172,939 +10.8
2019 177,271 +2.5
2020 (Jan-Feb) 27,278 +7.7

Ground transportationEdit



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 the end of 2020.


Also this airport is linked to Barcelona by underground (metro) since 12 February 2016[58][59] by Line 9 of the Barcelona Metro with a station in each terminal, the Aeroport T1 station situated directly underneath the airport terminal T1 and the Aeroport T2 station close to the Aeroport rail station at the terminal T2. The line connects with several Barcelona Metro lines to the city center.


The C-32B highway connects the airport to a main traffic interchange between Barcelona's Ronda de Dalt beltway and major motorways. There is provision for parking cars at the airport, with about 24,000 parking spaces.


The Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) public bus line 46 runs from Paral·lel Avenue. The Aerobús offers direct transfers from T1 and T2 to the city center at Plaça Catalunya. Another company offers transfers from Barcelona Airport to nearest airports like Reus Airport or Girona–Costa Brava, provincial and national capitals and links with France or Andorra.

Incidents and accidentsEdit

  • 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.



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External linksEdit

  Media related to Barcelona Airport at Wikimedia Commons
  Barcelona El Prat Airport travel guide from Wikivoyage