Madrid Airport (MAD/LEMD)

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Madrid is one of the top five 'Eurohubs' with plenty of room for expansion. Major unserved route opportunities include Delhi, San Francisco and Singapore.

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Madrid appeals to an increasing number of foreign network carriers by offering connections to nearly 20 non-stop destinations in Central and Latin America – more than any other European airport. Launching in June 2016, Cathay Pacific Airways will open a new route from Madrid to Hong Kong. This new route will increase the direct connectivity with China and will strengthen the economic and touristic ties with one of the leading economies of the world, as well as it will also open up potential new connections to Latin America for Hong Kong-based travellers and businesses while allowing access to Central China and Asia for passengers from southern Europe.

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas is the main gateway between Europe and Latin America; Madrid is the capital of Spain and Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport is the main door to tourism in the country.
  • Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas is connected to the main tourist destinations in the country (30 Spanish airport). It is also connected to 157 international destinations (+5,000 passengers) in 68 countries. With over 75 airlines (+5,000 passengers) in our family and counting, the airport is also home to all the alliances – oneworld, SkyTeam and the Star Alliance.
  • Madrid is the most touristic city of Spain, the third in the EU, the fourth of the continent, and the seventh in the world (according to Forbes).
  • Madrid is a major centre for international business and commerce. It is one of Europe’s largest financial centers and the largest in Spain.
  • Catchment area of close to eight million inhabitants.
  • More than 1,000 lodgings/hotels in Madrid region.
  • Tourists usually visit the museums (Prado Museum, Reina Sofia, Thyssen), the city centre (Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor), the Royal Palace and the Cathedral.
  • Like any modern metropolis, Madrid has several shopping centres and small family-run shops selling traditional goods. The shopping caters to all wallets.
  • Tourists to the city can enjoy watching a Real Madrid or a Atlético de Madrid football match.
  • There are nine UNESCO World Heritage locations located at less than two hours away from the city: Alcala de Henares, Toledo, Cuenca, Segovia, Ávila, Salamanca, Córdoba, the Monastery and Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial and the Aranjuez Cultural Landscape.
  • Madrid Fashion Week is celebrated twice a year, in February and September.
  • At the end of January, the fair Madrid Fusion, comes to the capital of Spain.
  • San Isidro takes place every year on 15 May. This famous party is well known for its bullfighting.

Between June 2013 to July 2014 the country organised the Year of Japan in Spain to commemorate the 400 years of bilateral relations between the two nations. The fruits of this celebration will become evident in October 2016, when Iberia begins thrice-weekly flights to Tokyo Narita.

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):

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Madrid and people: The EU's third largest urban area by GDP – and undisputed capital of southern Europe.

Catchment Area

  • 30-minute catchment: 5,830,963;
  • 60-minute catchment: 6,969,572;
  • 120-minute catchment: 7,789,396.


As a vital European centre for goods and services, Madrid's freight throughput was over 380,000 tonnes in 2015. Aena is planning to make Barajas the biggest hub in Europe for Latin American cargo.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

  • 381,069 tonnes of airfreight managed 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, 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.
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Airport cargo area features

  • Biggest cargo airport in Aena’s network (46 airports); market share of 53.3% in 2015 with 381,069 tonnes.
  • Maximum cargo operation 850,000 tonnes/year.


  • Currently 129 hectares totally devoted to cargo activities.
  • 14 hectares are under development with direct access to apron.
  • 359 hectares available for future developments.
  • 178,000m2 built including cargo terminals with direct access to apron, cargo terminals on land side, general services building and parking spaces.


  • Intermodal Logistics Centre.
  • All cargo operators involved in the transport logistic change are integrated in the cargo area.
  • General service building with 15,210m2 of offices.
  • Customs and Border inspection point approved by EU for every kind of good.
  • Operating 24h/day / seven days a week.

The award-winning Terminal 4, opened in 2006, increased the airport's capacity up to 70m passengers – the airport handled 47 million passengers in 2015.


  • Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport is situated 12 kilometres to the north-east of the city.

Road Access

  • Madrid-Barajas Airport is connected by motorway to Madrid’s main access and ring roads:
  • A-2: Madrid-Barcelona motorway;
  • A-1: Madrid-Burgos motorway;
  • M-40: Madrid ring-road;
  • M-11: access motorway to the airport. This joins up with the M-40 (exit 2B) in the north of Madrid and then with the M-12 and M-14.
  • M-12 (North-South Line): toll motorway with direct access to T4. It extends between the M-40 South, at the Parque Juan Carlos I exit, and the M-110 to Alcobendas. It is connected to the M-11, M-13 and R-2 toll motorway;
  • M-13 (East-West Line): this joins up with the M-14 and M-12. The connection to the M-111, the Barajas-Paracuellos motorway, is via a roundabout, which in turn is connected to the interior network of the South Section of T4;
  • M-14 (Trunk road): this has direct access to the existing terminals T1, T2 and T3, from the M-40 and A 2, and to T4 via the connection with the M-13;
  • R-2: toll motorway between Guadalajara and the M-40.

Bus Access

  • City buses:
    • Línea Exprés: Atocha railway station – Airport;
    • Line 200, Avenida de America-Airport;
    • Line 101, Canillejas-Airport-Pueblo de Barajas (Barajas village).
  • Intercity Buses:
    • Route 827: Canillejas (Madrid)-Tres Cantos;
    • Route 828: Canillejas (Madrid)-Universidad Autónoma;
    • Route 822: Airport (Terminal T1)-San Fernando de Henares;
    • Route 824: Airport (Terminal T1)-Alcalá de Henares;
  • Long distance coaches:
    • Alsa:  From Terminal T4, the Alsa bus company runs services to the major cities in the north of Spain: Barcelona, Zaragoza, Lugo, Santander, Burgos, San Sebastián and others.
    • Avanzabus:  From Terminal T1 the bus company Avanzabus operates routes to Ávila and Salamanca.

Underground access

  • Metro line eight runs from all the airport terminals to Nuevos Ministerios station in central Madrid.

Train access

  • A modern suburban train line connects Terminal T4 with several key locations in Madrid: Chamartin, Nuevos Ministerios, Atocha and Principe Pío.

Transport between terminals

  • Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport has a free bus service connecting terminals T1, T2, T3 and T4, 24 hours a day.

Infrastructure & Operations

Madrid Barajas: has substantial new route opportunities, and the capacity to exploit them.

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Vital statistics

2015 figures

  • Passengers (commercial): 13m domestic passengers; 34m international passengers.
  • Air Transport Movements: 99% scheduled flights; 1% charter flights.
  • Freight: 381,069 tonnes.
  • Largest carriers (Top Five): Iberia, Air Europa, Ryanair, Iberia Express and Air Nostrum.

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