Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN/LEBL)

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On 5 December 2014, it was announced that Aeroports de Catalunya will host World Routes, the 23rd World Route Development Forum in 2017. The announcement, which took place during a press conference at the Ministry of Territory and Sustainability of the Government of Catalonia, was attended by Santi Vila, Conseller de Territori i Sostenibilitat (Minister of Territory and Sustainability); Sònia Recasens, segona tinent d’alcalde de Barcelona (Second Deputy Mayor of Barcelona); Adrian Newton, Group Director Aviation & Technology for UBM Live and Gerard Brown, Head of Future Hosting, Routes and Airport Cities for UBM Live.

The city of artists: Gaudí, Picasso, Dalí, Miró…and Barça! Already a highly mobile city with 4.5 million international visitors, and 20% of its residents born outside Spain, Barcelona is keen on routes to Asia and North and South America.

Barcelona is a popular location for congresses and events and the headquarters of the Union for the Mediterranean. Barcelona hosted in February 2016 the largest ever Mobile World Congress (MWC), which welcomed 100,000 visitors from over 200 countries. It returns to Barcelona in March 2017. The airport also enjoys winning awards from the likes of ACI Europe and Skytrax.

Other Major reasons to serve this airport

  • On 5 December 2014, it was announced that Aeroports de Catalunya will host World Routes, the 23rd World Route Development Forum in 2017. World Routes is the world’s largest commercial aviation event and the premier business to business aviation conference.
  • Political, economic and cultural capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is Europe´s fourth most important city in terms of international tourist arrivals.
  • Barcelona Airport is connected to 172 destinations (+5,000 passengers), of which 168 are European cities. With over 83 airlines (+5,000 passengers) in our family and counting, the airport is home to all alliances – oneworld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance.
  • Barcelona is a cosmopolitan, dynamic and welcoming city.
  • Eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Park Güell; Palau Güell; Casa Milá; Casa Vicens; Sagrada Familia; Casa Batlló; Palau de la Música; and Sant Pau Hospital.
  • Local Mediterranean cuisine is highly recommended.
  • The Port of Barcelona is the busiest on the Mediterranean Sea and the fourth in the world.
  • Barcelona is the Mobile World Capital from 2012 to 2018, and therefore is the venue to the Mobile World Congress.
  • The Primavera Sound and the Sonar are annual music festivals that gather thousands of youngsters and middle-aged people together to enjoy electronic and independent music and well-known artists.
  • Home of F.C. Barcelona, one of the most popular football teams in the world.
  • Many private companies have rewarded the airport´s work:
    • In 2014, Barcelona-El Prat Airport received the 10th ACI Europe Airport Award (the most prestigious Award in the industry) as the ‘Best airport over 25 million passengers’ category;
    • For the fourth year, Barcelona-El Prat airport has received the award of best airport in Southern Europe presented by Skytrax in the framework of the World Airport Awards 2016. It also won the award in 2011, 2012 and 2014.
    • The Pau Casals VIP lounge at Barcelona-El Prat Airport received the 2013 Global Lounge of the Year Award from the members of Priority Pass;
    • It was among the ten best in Southern Europe according to the 2013 annual survey by Skytrax of 12 million passengers;
    • The digital publication Airline Network News & Analysis ( awarded the airport with the Euro ANNIES Award 2012 as the airport with the highest passenger growth in Europe in the category of more than 10 million passengers;
    • In 2011, Barcelona-El Prat Airport received the Routes Europe Award as the Best Marketing Airport in the Mediterranean and Southern Europe category.
  • Barcelona Airport an award winning airport and we take great pride in our dedication to high levels of quality and customer service.

With nearly 50 route launches in 2015, it is not surprising that Barcelona's passenger numbers increased by on average 6% each month during the year.

Marketing and other support

See the incentive scheme Aena offers airlines in 2016 and discover which suits your type of operation best:
  • For increasing number of passengers on a route
  • Seasonality;
  • Off-peak days;
  • Connecting flights;
  • Freight: is exempted of cargo charge from the 5 July 2014;
  • The Spanish Government has approved a 1.9% reduction in all airport charges, effective from 1 March 2016.

The conditions of the Aena Incentive scheme and PR support are according to the wording included in the legislation in force. For more information please visit:


Aena collaborates on an ongoing basis with airlines on aspects such as organising events relating to first flights, advertising in media belonging to Aena, press releases, publicity on social networks, information to travel agencies associations, temporary discounts on parking, VIP lounges, shops and F&B, etc. All of this is geared towards achieving greater visibility and publicity for the launch of new routes or new bases.

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Potential cooperation from the Spanish Tourism Board (Tourspain):

Market information: statistics and market analysis on request at

The map shows the population within a two-hour drive from Barcelona Airport (the green square), and other airports in the area (Girona Airport, Reus Airport and Lleida Airport).

Catchment Area

  • 30-minute catchment: 4,192,679;
  • 60-minute catchment: 5,690,567;
  • 120-minute catchment: 7,332,763.

Besides a significant (cruise) tourism sector, Barcelona hosts a considerable number of biomedicine, biotechnology, nanotechnology, ICT, automotive and aerospace research centres and companies, and also a strong Asian community – over 70% of all Japanese businesses in Spain are based in Catalonia generating €2bn in annual trade.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

  • 117,219 tonnes of airfreight managed at the airport in 2015.
  • Main types of exported products include garments, mechanical and electrical devices, pharmaceutical products and perfumes. In imports, following garments, mechanical and electrical devices, are fish and seafood.
  • Overall, clothing products registered the strongest growth, both in and out, due to the presence in the area of some major international companies such as Inditex, Mango or Desigual, to name a few.
  • Garments are mostly imported from Asia and exported to Asia, Europe and Central America.
  • Electrical and mechanical devices are imported from Asia and Europe and exported worldwide.
  • Fish and seafood imports are from North America and Africa.

Airport cargo area features

  • 47.1 Ha are dedicated to cargo operations.
  • Four handling agents with a total maximum handling capacity of 500,000 tonnes per year.
  • Customs and inspection services available H24.
  • Real estate: First and second line plots available for new developments.
  • Office building with available rental offices for all companies dedicated to airfreight activities.

Cargo incentives scheme

  • Freight is exempted of cargo charge from the 5 July 2014

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With the opening of the new Terminal 1, BCN's capacity increased to 55 million, allowing passenger numbers nearly to double before new capacity will be needed.


  • Located in the south-west of the city, 12 kilometres from the city centre and three kilometres from the Port of Barcelona – the Mediterranean leader in cruise and container traffic.

Road Access

  • The access road to the airport, the C-31 Barcelona-Castelldefels dual carriageway, connects with the C-32 Barcelona-Sitges. From the city of Barcelona ring roads, we can arrive by the so-called Pata Sur.
  • Direct access from the airport to the motorway system, linking Spain to the South of France.

Bus Access

Terminal 1

  • City buses:
    • Line A1, Plaza Catalunya-Airport;
    • Line 46, Plaza de España-Airport;
    • Line L77, Sant Joan Despí-Airport;
    • Line PR1, Airport (T1)-El Prat de Llobregat-Airport (T2C);
    • Line N17, Plaza de Catalunya (Ronda Universitat)-Airport;
    • Line L99, Casteldefells-Viladecans-Gavá-Airport.
  • Intercity buses:
    • Alsa, buses from the airport to Figueres, Girona and Lleida;
    • Direct bus, Airport-Sants Station (Barcelona)-Andorra-Sant Juliá de Lòira;
    • Novatel Autocars, Airport-Andorra (Bus Station);
    • Barcelona Bus, L602: Airport – Girona – Figueres; L 614: Airport – Maresme – Blanes;
    • Plana, La Granadella – Tarragona – Barcelona;
    • Hife, Airport – Tierras del Ebro – Peñíscola – Teruel;
    • Mon Bus connects Barcelona to El Vendrell, stopping in Bellvitge, Airport, Ribes, Sitges, Rocamar, Roquetes, Villanoa, Cubelles, Cunit, Segur, Calafell and El Vendrell;
    • Sarfa, Airport – Costa Brava.

Terminal 2

  • City buses:
    • Line A1, Plaza Catalunya-Airport;
    • Line 46, Plaza de España-Airport;
    • Line L77, Sant Joan Despí-Airport;
    • N16, Plaza Catalunya (Ronda Universitat)-Airport;
    • Line PR1, Airport (T1)-El Prat de Llobregat-Airport (T2C);
    • Line 105, El Prat (Av. Onze de Setembre)-Airport.
  • Intercity buses:
    • Alsa, buses from the airport to Figueres, Girona and Lleida;
    • Direct bus, Airport-Sants Station (Barcelona)-Andorra-Sant Juliá de Lòira;
    • Novatel Autocars, Airport-Andorra (Bus Station).

Train Access

  • Renfe suburban train. Line R2 North – Airport to Sant Celoni line stopping at Barcelona Sants main station and other city centre stations.

Infrastructure & Operations

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Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

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Vital statistics

2015 figures

  • Passengers (commercial):
    • Domestic: 10.6 million
    • International: 29.1 million
  • Air Transport Movements: 99% scheduled flights; 1% charter flights.
  • Freight: 117,219 tonnes.
  • Largest carriers (Top five): Vueling, Ryanair, easyJet, Lufthansa and Air Europa.


Airport charges

Annual report

Annual and CR inform