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 St. Petersburg, 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. Launched in June 2016, Cathay Pacific Airways opened a new route from Madrid to Hong Kong. This new route increased the direct connectivity with China and strengthened the economic and touristic ties with one of the leading economies of the world, as well as opening 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 Airport is connected to the main tourist destinations in the country. It is also connected to 220 international destinations (+5.000 passengers) in 74 countries. With over 83 airlines (+5.000 passengers) in our family and counting, is home to all alliances.
  • Catchment area close to 8 million inhabitants.
  • 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 and Atlético de Madrid football match.
  • There are nine UNESCO World Heritage sites located at less than two hours away from the city: Alcalá de Henares, Toledo, Cuenca, Segovia, Ávila, Salamanca, Córdoba, the Monastery and Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial and the Aranjuez Cultural Landscape.
  • Madrid is served by highly developed communication infrastructures. It also boasts a network of motorways and provides the backbone for Spain’s railway network.
  • 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.
  • The A.S Madrid-Barajas airport has implemented an Integrated Quality and Environmental Management System, certified according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 standards.


  • Many companies and associations have rewarded the airport´s work:
    • Best airport in Southern Europe at the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2015, 2017 and 2019.
    • In 2018, the Avion Revue International magazine awards Excellence Prize in the category of airports to Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas for its continued growth.
    • In 2018, the airport receives the ‘Madrid Excelente for the Customers Trust’ prize, awarded by the Madrid for Excellence Foundation, an entity dependent on the Community of Madrid.
    • The online travel agency eDreams has placed the airport among the ten best in the world in its study “Best airports 2018”.The people surveyed considered the airport as the third best in the world in terms of its food and drinks establishments.
    • Best airport of Europe in the “over 25 million passenger” category at the XIII ACI Europe Awards in 2017.
    • Highly Commended Airport in the “over 25 million passenger” category at the XI ACI Europe Best Airport Awards.
    • In 2016, recognizes the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport as the European airport with the largest number of long houl routes opened in 2015.
    • In 2015, Recognition of the Madrid City Council to the airport for the contribution to the international reputation of the City of Madrid as a tourist destination.
    • EFQM+500 Excellence Award 2015  msm-er-01
    • Recognized with the Award for Excellence in Safety in the Community of Madrid (Transport Section) which is awarded each year by the radio program ‘Protegidos’ on the radio station Cope Madrid Sur in 2015.
    • International Airport of the Year award in the ‘Large Airport’ category (for airports with over 25 million passengers) by the aeronautical consultancy firm CAPA-Centre for Aviation in 2014.
    • ‘Gold Fast Travel Award’ from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in 2012.
    • Terminal T4 has also received numerous awards from European and international institutions, for example: Best Engineering Project 2005, RIBA Stirling 2006, IStructurE Award for Commercial or Retail Structures 2006, International Architecture Awards 2007, third place in the Best International Terminal at the 2013 World Airport Awards. And according to The Guardian, Madrid Terminal T4 is among the 25 best architecture of the 21st century.
    • Madrid airport was certified by the Spanish Aviation Agency (AESA), according to EU 139/2014 regulation.
    • AS Madrid-Barajas Airport has Level-2 certification under ACI Europe’s Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme for its reduced carbon footprint.
    • Spanish registry of carbon footprint, offsetting and CO2 removal.
    • As part of the environmental initiatives that AS Madrid-Barajas Airport is implementing, it has adquired new electric vehicles, installed charging points for electric vehicles and photovoltaic modules.
    • Information about COVID-19 measures in place can be found at Info COVID-19.


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 became evident in October 2016, when Iberia began three times weekly flights to Tokyo Narita.

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:

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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.

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Potential cooperation from the Spanish Tourism Board (Tourspain):

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The map shows the population 2 hours driving from Madrid Airport (the red square).

Catchment Area

  • 30-minute catchment: 6.1M;
  • 60-minute catchment: 7.1M;
  • 120-minute catchment: 7.8M.


As a vital European centre for goods and services, Madrid's freight throughput was over 470,000 tonnes in 2017. Aena is planning to make Barajas the biggest hub in Europe for Latin American cargo.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

  • 518,900 tons of airfreight managed 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

  • Biggest cargo airport of Aena’s network (46 airports) market share of 51% in 2018.
  • Maximum Cargo Operation 850.000 t/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.
  • 178.000 m2 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 15.210 m2 of offices.
  • Customs and Border inspection point approved by EU for every kind of good.
  • Operating 24h/day / 7 days a week.

Cargo incentives scheme

  • Freight is exempted of cargo charge from the 5th of July 2014
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The award-winning Terminal 4, opened in 2006, increased the airport's capacity up to 70m passengers – the airport handled 53 million passengers in 2017.


  • 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:
    • Express Line (203): Atocha railway station – Airport;
    • Line 200: Avenida de America-Airport;
    • Line 101: Canillejas Transport Hub-Airport.
  • 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.
    • Socibus: From Terminal T1 the Socibus company runs services to the major cities in Andalusia.

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.

  • Runways: Four runways (3,500m, 3,500m, 4,179m, 3,988m).
  • Slot Coordinated: Coordinated.
  • Operating hours: 24 hours.
  • Terminals: T123 & T4 opened in 2006.
  • Spare capacity for future growth (potential capacity: 120 mov/hr).
  • AIP: Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP)

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Vital statistics

2019 figures

  • Passengers (commercial): 16.7 millions domestic pax; 45.0 millions international pax
  • Flights: 99% regular; 1% charter
  • Freight: 558,600 tons
  • Largest carriers (Top 5): Iberia, Air Europa, Ryanair, Iberia Express and Air Nostrum.



Airport charges

Annual report