Barcelona Airport 'El Prat'

Airport Information

Barcelona Airport 'El Prat'

Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport is now consolidated as a strategic point of reference in the Euro-Mediterranean airspace.

The continuous improvement of its facilities and the quality of its services have enabled this airport to establish an exceptional position to face the future with certainty.

The increase in passenger traffic at the airport is an accurate indicator of the advances made over the last decade. Passenger numbers have gone from 11,727,814 in 1995 to 50,172,457 in 2018, one of the highest average growth rates among Europe’s leading airports.

Having modernised its facilities, Barcelona-El Prat can offer quality services for passengers and an airfield worthy of a top-level airport, suitable for use by large commercial planes.

The construction and introduction of the third runway in September 2004 and the extension to the primary runway were decisive steps to increase the airport’s capacity, and it can now handle 90 operations an hour.

With the aim of consolidating the airport as a model in the Mediterranean and southern Europe, the Master Plan included a set of actions to modernise and increase the airport’s capacity.

The most emblematic project in this phase was the construction of Terminal T1, which is located between runways. T1, of great architectural value, was conceived as a large logistical operations and services centre. It has a capacity of 33 million users per year and has overseen an investment of 1.26 billion euros.

Work on this building was followed by the remodelling of Terminal T2 and the expansion and remodelling of the shopping areas in both terminals. New shops, new concepts, and new brands to adapt the offer to the passengers who use the airport facilities.

Other projects included in the Master Plan are the urbanisation of over 300 hectares as a service area for the industrial and commercial development of the airport; the creation of a 90-hectare aeronautic park for installing maintenance hangars; and the construction of a city with office buildings and hotels.

This plan will continue to transform the airport by applying an innovative concept that aims to turn its facilities into a sustainable airport city and a large air traffic distribution centre for southern Europe.

2018 saw the record figure of 50,172,689 passengers, 6.1% more than the previous year, as well as 335,652 operations and 172,939 tonnes of cargo.

Airport Profile

  • Air Freight Facility

    The Barcelona Air Freight Facility, at Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport, is strategically located in one of the major industrial and consumer hinterlands.

    The centre’s facilities, on an area of nearly 40 hectares, are organised around two differentiated lines of operation. In the first line are the handling operators, autohandling companies and couriers, all operating in warehouses with direct access to the apron. The second line consists of facilities for forwarders, an ideal location for cargo agents relating to the first line operations and for operators of the air transport logistics chain in general.

    The Barcelona Air Freight Facility, in constant expansion, is currently working to extend the first and second lines, and a third phase of its Strategic Plan is set to go ahead.

    The general services building

    With a functional yet iconic design, the general services building is home to more than 80 companies involved in the air freight logistics chain. This is the nerve centre of the Air Freight Facility, where the most important airlines, GSAs, forwarders, Customs agents and others interact, all renting premises just a few metres from the first line terminals. The building has a fully equipped business centre and catering services. There is a Government centre housing the services associated with airport operations, Customs, phytosanitary and veterinary inspection services, and the offices of the border inspection post.

    Why operate in the Barcelona Air Freight Facility?

    • It forms part of the only logistics platform of its kind in Europe: in an area with a 7 kilometre radius there are 2,000 hectares dedicated to logistics.
    • It is strategically located: in a major industrial and consumer hinterland.
    • It has good road connections and is very close to the port.
    • It makes it possible to integrate on a single site all the operators of the logistics chain, reducing delivery times and costs.
    • It operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    • It has a Border Inspection Post for all product types, and a Government centre with all the customs services required for airport operations.
    • It is home to more than 100 companies operating in the facilities: forwarders, GSAs, airlines, integrators, couriers, etc.
    • It has 4 handling operators at your service.
    • The facilities can be adapted to the specific requirements of the clients: special facilities for live animals, perishable products, valuable goods, urgent package services, etc.
    • It has a general services building with a business centre, restaurant, catering service, car park, etc.
  • Business Centre

    Located in the Air Freight Facility of Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport, the business centre is designed for holding meetings, giving presentations, convening co-workers, etc. Designed for many different types of company, it offers a modern and functional setting, ideal for business meetings, ensuring the greatest possible privacy for business:

    • Fully equipped rooms with audiovisual systems which can be adapted for any type of event, with independent air conditioning.
    • Qualified personnel to meet your needs and help organise your professional meetings.
    • We provide contact details for a wide range of companies specialising in all types of working breakfasts, business lunches, buffets and cocktails.

    For more information you can contact the Business Center by phone +34 932 971 101 or email


    The rooms of the business centre are fully equipped with audiovisual systems which can be adapted for any type of event. These spaces are cooled with independent air conditioners.

    Choose the type of room and the configuration which best suits your needs, or ask us and we will suggest the best space for your event.

    • Hall A. Mainly intended for training courses and presentations. This room, configured as type 1, can hold up to 50 people, and as type 2, up to 26 people.
    • Hall B. A perfect room for smaller meetings and presentations. It can be configured as type 1 for a maximum of 30 people, and as type 2 for up to 16 people.
    • Room C or D. Ideal rooms for mid-sized meetings, presentations or courses. They have a maximum capacity of 50 people in configuration type 1, and up to 24 people in configuration type 2.
    • Room C + D. Designed to hold any type of event: corporate presentations, large meetings, training courses, cocktails, etc. It is formed by combining the two type II rooms by removing the movable panel dividing them. The maximum capacity of the room configured as type 1 is 80 people.
  • Shopping & Duty Free

    Enjoy our new Personal Shopper service absolutely free of charge!
    A great opportunity to shop within a wide selection of luxury stores and get personal assistance with Duty Free and Tax Refund.

    Discover the wide commercial offer at Joaep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat airport, with convenient prices and exclusive products.

    The Airport has a wide and varied commercial offering in its different terminals with very competitive prices and exclusive products brought to you by different brands. Amongst the participating brands you will find fashion companies, fine jewellery and accessories and sporting products, as well as establishments offering treatments and health and beauty products.

    Home Delivery
    Receive your shopping at home FOR FREE

    Forget about carrying your shopping around the airport!

    Place your order in the store or through Reserve&Collect and ask for it to be sent to your home when you collect it.

    You’ll receive it at home in 48 to 72 hours. Shop Now

    Barcelona Duty Free
    Shop at the vanguard of airport retail. It is designed to offer passengers the best experience while shopping. Customers can discover the most fantastic savings in a wide range of products including fragrances, skin care, cosmetics, sunscreens, wines, spirits, fashion accessories, confectionery, souvenirs and travel articles. Shop Duty Free Now

  • Quality, Environment & Awards

    The airport is focused on having the best image possible. The Barcelona-El Prat airport has implemented an Integrated Quality and Environmental Management System, certified according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards.

    Many private companies have rewarded the airport´s work:

    • In 2017, recognizes the Barcelona-El Prat airport as the Airport with the most new long-haul routes of the year
      (between August 2016 and August 2017).
    • Barcelona-El Prat Airport received the award for Best Airport in Southern Europe by Skytrax in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016
      and was the second in the same category in 2015 and 2017. 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 Barcelona-El Prat airport for collaborating with the organization’s programs for
      children and young people.
    • The Pau Casals VIP lounge at Barcelona-El Prat Airport received the 2013 Global Lounge of the Year Award by the members of
      Priority Pass.
    • Barcelona Airport was certified by the Spanish Aviation Safety Agency (AESA), according to EU 139/2014 regulation.
    • 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 the Barcelona-El Prat received the Routes Europe Award as the Best Airport Marketing in the Mediterranean and Southern Europe category.

    Yearly quality surveys for airlines and passengers are carried out in order to monitor their perception of the airport services.


Barcelona Airport El Prat
08820 El Prat de Llobregat
  • (+34) 91 321 10 00