Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN/LEBL)

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Announced in December 2014, Aeroports de Catalunya hosted World Routes, the 23rd World Route Development Forum in September 2017.

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 March 2018 the Mobile World Congress (MWC), which welcomed 107,000 visitors from over 205 countries. The airport also enjoys winning awards from the likes of ACI Europe and SkyTrax.

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • J.T Barcelona El Prat Airport is connected to 212 destinations (+5.000 passengers), of which 62 countries. With 89 airlines (+5.000 passengers) in our family and counting, is home to all alliances.
  • It is a cosmopolitan, dynamic & 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 one of the most important city in Europe in terms of international tourist arrivals.
  • 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 with electronic and independent music and well-known artists.
  • Home of F.C. Barcelona, one of the most popular football teams in the world.
  • The J.T Barcelona-El Prat airport has implemented an Integrated Quality and Environmental Management System, certified according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards.

Valencia Airport quality

  • Many companies and associations have rewarded the airport´s work:
  • In 2017, recognizes the J.T Barcelona-El Prat airport as the Airport with the most new long-haul routes in one year (growth between August 2016 and August 2017).
  • J.T Barcelona-El Prat Airport received the award for Best Airport in Southern Europe presented by Skytrax in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016 and was the second in the same category in 2015. Furthermore, the airport was among the ten best airports in Southern Europe according to the 2013 annual survey by Skytrax.
  • The airport was named the Best Airport over 25 Million Passengers category by ACI Europe in 2010 a­­nd 2014.
  • NGO Aldeas Infantiles acknowledges the work of J.T Barcelona-El Prat airport for collaborating with the organization’s programs for children and young people.
  • The Pau Casals VIP lounge at J.T Barcelona-El Prat Airport received the 2013 Global Lounge of the Year Award by the members of Priority Pass.
  • J.T Barcelona El Prat Airport was certified by the Spanish Aviation Safety Agency (AESA), according to EU 139/2014 regulation.
    • Barcelona Airport is an award-winning airport and we take great pride in our dedication to high levels of quality and customer service. It has been highly commended in Over 25 Million Passenger category by Airports Council International (ACI) in 2018.
    • JT Barcelona-El Prat Airport has Level 2 certification under ACI Europe’s Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme for its reduced carbon footprint with the scope to achieve a level 3+ (neutrality) in nearly 10 years.
    • As part of a wide pool of environmental initiatives that JT Barcelona-El Prat Airport is implementing, it has installed charging points for electric vehicles and photovoltaic modules and changing the fleet of its vehicles by electric ones, or a Movility Plan with the local council in order to promote the intermodality.
    • Information about COVID-19 measures in place can be found at Info COVID-19.


Marketing and other support

Aena offers airlines an extensive range of incentives. See the new incentive that Aena offers in 2020 and discover which one suit your type of operation best:
  • Operation recovery.
  • Seasonality.
  • Off-peak days.
  • Connecting flights.
  • Freight: Exempted of cargo charge from the 5th of July 2014
  • Airport charges decrease on average by 2,2% annually until 2021

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

Extraordinary-incentive-operation-recovery-W20Aena offers airlines an extensive range of incentives. CLICK TO EXPAND
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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, etc. All of this is geared towards achieving greater visibility and publicity for the launch of new routes or new bases. For more information, please visit: Potential cooperation from the Spanish Tourism Board (Tourspain): Market information: statistics & market analysis on request at

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

Catchment Area

  • 30-minute catchment: 4,200,000;
  • 60-minute catchment: 6,000,000;
  • 120-minute catchment: 7,300,000.

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

  • 172,900 tons of airfreight managed in the airport in 2018.
  • Main types of exported products include garments, mechanical and electrical devices, pharmaceutical products and perfumes. In imports, following garments, mechanical and electrical devices, and 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, among others.
  • 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
  • Three 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 5th of July 2014

For further detail, please go to:

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


  • • Located in the Southwest of the city, 12 km from the city centre and 3 km 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 motorway, connects with the C-32 Barcelona-Sitges and Barcelona city center.
  • • 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;< /li>
    • 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

Barcelona Arial shot

  • Runways: three runways (2,528m, 3,352m, 2,660m).
  • Slot Coordinated: Coordinated.
  • Operating hours: 24 hours
  • Terminals: Barcelona airport has two large terminal buildings: T1 and T2.
  • AIP: Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP)

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

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Vital statistics

2019 figures

  • Passengers (commercial): 14.0 millions domestic pax; 38.7 millions international pax.
  • Flights: 99% regular; 1% charter.
  • Freight: 177,300 tons.
  • Largest carriers: (Top 5) Vueling, Ryanair, easyJet, Iberia y Norwegian.



Airport charges
Annual report