Madrid International Airport: photos and descriptions, terminals, flights and passenger reviews
The international airport in Madrid, which now bears the name of the airport Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas, is a Spanish airport, located near Madrid, the capital of Spain. In terms of the number of passengers and the volume of air freight, it ranks first among Spanish airports, 5th in Europe and 24th in the world.
The airport is located in the northeast of the capital of Spain. Its terminals are located in the metropolitan area of Madrid, but there are also runways in other areas (Alcobendas, San Sebastián de los Reyes and Paraquayos de Jarama). Madrid Airport operates from April 22, 1931.
Barajas Airport has a connection with almost all Spanish airports, in addition, it ranks first in Europe in terms of the number of flights to America, thanks to the Iberia company.The most famous airport line is the Madrid-Barcelona line, which is also known as the “Air Bridge”. The line has been operating since 1974 and has the largest number of departures per week than any other line in the world. It should be noted that after the opening of the Madrid-Barcelona high-speed railway in 2008, the number of air passenger traffic in this direction decreased by almost 2 times.
Madrid-Barajas Airport has 4 terminals for commercial passenger traffic, 1 terminal is used for executive and business flights. On its territory there are more than 200 airport service companies. Barajas also has two zones reserved for hangars.
Passenger transport in numbers
In 2007, the Madrid airport's traffic traffic amounted to 52.1 million passengers, which allowed it to take 4th place in Europe on this indicator, displacing the Dutch airport in Amsterdam from this position. However, in 2008, the number of traffic decreased by several million passengers. Since 2010, the airport has returned to the figure of 50 million passengers a year.
In 2017, the total number of passengers that passed through it was 53,402,506 people, which is 5.9% more than in 2016. The number of foreign passengers also increased by 6.7%, compared to 2016, it amounted to 38,479,159 people.
Note that the total area of the airport terminals in Madrid is 940,000 square meters, and he is able to serve up to 70 million passengers a year.
Madrid Airport has 4 terminals:
- Old international terminal, or T1. This is the very first terminal of Barajas airport, it has 22 landing exits.
- Terminal T2. As well as T1, it is an old terminal. There are landing exits for both international flights and Schengen flights.
- Terminal T3. It was conceived as an extension of the national airport. It is located in the Dique Norte building and has 20 landing exits.
- Terminal 4. Large modern terminal of the airport in Madrid, which is located on 6 floors. It serves flights both nationally and internationally. The first floor has 76 landing exits.
Airlines and Flights
The main airlines of Madrid Barajas Airport are as follows:
- Iberia is the dominant airline, which accounts for almost half of all passenger traffic;
- Air Europe;
- "Air Nostrum";
- Vueling Airlines and others.
Iberia and Air Europe are the two main airlines of this airport, from which all European capitals can be reached, as well as some of the main cities in Africa, Asia, and North and South America.
The terminal T1 employs 30 airlines that fly worldwide. There are 16 airlines operating at the T2 terminal, and only one at the T3 terminal - Air Europe. Terminal T4 serves 31 airlines, and only at this terminal Iberia operates.
How to get to and from Madrid airport to the city?
The airport is 12 km from the capital of Spain, and there are several ways to get to the complex, as well as leave it:
- Metro. In theory, line 8 of the Madrid metro in 33 minutes is able to deliver a passenger from the city center to terminals T4 and T2 (from where you can already get to terminals T1 and T3). The advantage of this method of moving is the price, which will be about 6 euros. The disadvantage is that on the way to the airport it will be necessary to make a transfer. In addition, subway cars are often crowded with passengers.
- A train. Passengers recommend this option to travel to the airport.The train station is located on the territory of the T4 terminal and is located on the Sercanias C-1 line (Cercanías C-1). The train cars are comfortable and clean, the ticket price is only 2.6 euros, the trip time from the city center is approximately 30 minutes, trains run from the airport and back every 30 minutes. This option will be useful if you do not know how to get to the center of Madrid from the airport.
- Bus. Express airport buses depart from the Atocha area (Madrid). They will take you to the necessary terminal. Travel time is about 40 minutes, the price is 5 euros. The advantage of this type of transport is that it goes from early morning to night. In addition, depending on which part of the city the passenger is in, there are buses that can go through the airport terminals, for example, routes No. 822, 824, 828.
- Taxi. Both the complex itself and the Madrid airport can also be reached in the center by taxi. The cost of such a trip will be about 30 euros. All taxi cars are white with a red diagonal stripe and Madrid coat of arms on the door. It is recommended to order a taxi in special designated areas.
Airport related incidents
The most significant accidents that occurred near the airport in Madrid are the following:
- November 27, 1983, the Boeing 747-200 of Avianka, which flew from Paris, exploded while making maneuvers for landing. Survived only 11 people from 169 passengers. All 23 crew members died.
- On December 7, 1983, the Boeing 727 airline Iberia, which was about to fly to Rome, collided with a Douglas DC-9 aircraft flying to Santander. The pilot of "Douglas" went to the runway "Boeing" by mistake. The collision killed 93 people from two aircraft.
- On August 20, 2008, the McDonnell Douglas aircraft, which was about to fly to the Canary Islands, exploded during takeoff. The plane was almost complete, of its 175 seats, only 11 were empty. The explosion killed 154 passengers, only 18 people were alive.
Passengers who flew for the purpose of a business or tourist trip to Spain through the airport in Madrid leave mixed reviews about it. So, some were satisfied with the transport, which brings to the necessary terminal and takes it to the city, but there are many negative reviews about the quality of service at the airport. Tourists complain that ignorance of the Spanish language makes it very difficult to communicate with staff.There are complaints about the fact that Wi-Fi in Barajas is paid. If we consider on a 10-point scale the quality of service at the airport, then the average rating of all reviews will be between 6 and 7.