Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport is one of the main points of entry for tourists to Spain. A short distance from the city centre, it is a key element of our tourist industry as it is convenient and saves passengers time and money in transport. Madrid – Barajas plays a very important role in the economies of Madrid and Spain as a whole, since it drives the regional economy and fosters business growth and tourism.
The signage of the airport reminds us who was the president Adolfo Suárez, after whom the airport is named.
The new extensions have consolidated Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas as a “hub” airport where airlines can increase connectivity between Latin American, domestic and European markets. Making it a true bridge between Europe and Latin America. Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas is now a symbol of modernity and progress and has consolidated its leading position among world airports, being the fifth in Europe in numbers of passengers.
Its innovative and attractive facilities, equipped with the latest technology to offer passengers greater mobility, efficiency and speed, with modern baggage handling systems, shopping areas and a greater number of flights make Madrid one of the airport capitals of the 21st century.
During 2018 about 58 million passengers used its facilities, about 158,000 a day.
Airport Technical Information
The airport has four terminals for commercial passenger aviation (T1, T2, T3 and T4); plus an Executive Terminal for executive and business aviation, an air cargo center with more than 200 companies installed and two main hangar zones, one in the Old Industrial Area, between terminals 3 and 4, and another in the Industrial Area La Muñoza.
Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas is the first Spanish airport in terms of passenger traffic, air cargo and number of operations. It is the fifth European airport by number of passengers according to Eurostat traffic data, and is the 15th airport in the world according to the annual report of the Airports Council International (ACI).
Madrid-Barajas counts on four parallel runways, two to two parallel: the 18L/36R – 18R/36L and the 14L/32R – 14R/32L. Its nomination was modified in 2012 adapting to the changes of the gradual movement of the magnetic North in relation to the geographic North. It has also a fifth runway, the first one to be built which is used only as parking lot.
New Master Plan for Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport 2017-2026
The new plan under development has broad objectives that will provide the airport facilities with long-term improvements and expansions, including an expansion, with which it will be able to serve 80 million passengers annually, ensure high levels of connectivity with connections to Latin America and other world hubs, new designs to ensure modern and powerful infrastructure.
The previous expansions of Madrid-Barajas airport focused on the commercial refurbishment of terminal T4 and its T4S satellite in 2013.
At the boarding areas of terminals T4 and T4S, passengers will enjoy distinguished shopping in high-quality brand name stores with attractive fashion garments and luxury accessories. This way, the airport will be upgraded economically, granting it a considerable status among the best European Airports.
The MAD Fashion Hub is now a remarkable space of over 900 m2 dedicated to high class designer-brand fashion, shoes, custom jewelry, exclusive jewelry, perfumes, cosmetics and accessories.
In the boarding areas of terminals 4 and T4S, exclusive premises and spaces have been created to accommodate highly renowned firms, both in fashion and luxury accessories, thus giving the airport a commercial status that places it in the same line as other European airports.
Madrid Airport disposes of seven public parking areas, situated in the buildings of terminals T1, T2 – T3 and T4, referred to as P1, P2, P4, Express parking, Long-Stay parking and Vip Car Park. These parking areas are also intended for motorcycles.
The new low-cost parking buildings in the airport’s adjacent area add more than 200 spaces to the existing ones in the airport’s premises.
For short term parking you may use the Express parking, situated at T1, T2 and T4 (at T4 this parking has the name Preferred Parking). Places are limited and the prices are more expensive. For long stays it is recommended Long Stay car parks.
There are also Vip parking and areas prepared for the parking of motorcycles. Motorcycles areas do not dispose of any security service and are free of charge. They are indicated at the vicinity of the parking area.
The installations count on 17.000 parking lots, distributed on the airport premises. There is also a wide offer of parking outside the airport with more affordable prices with free shuttle service.
Madrid Airport consists of four terminals, one satellite building and two docks, as well as another Executive terminal, and another terminal which is used for cargo handling only.
Terminals 1, 2 and 3 dispose of six boarding areas: A, B, C, D, E anf F, connected to the terminals. Terminal T4 consist of two buildings, T4 and T4S, connected through an automatic underground train.
Check-in and boarding:
It is necessary that you arrive to the airport at least two or three hours prior to your flight, in order to check-in your luggage and pass the security controls. Keep in mind there could be many people during holidays or in special days.
You should always observe the monitors or information panels with regard to the check-in counters and the boarding gate corresponding to your flight, as there may exceptionally occur last-minute changes.
In the Departure Hall you will find information panels indicating the state of the scheduled flights. They indicate the flight number and the airline, check-in counters to check-in your luggage and to obtain your boarding pass, the terminal and the boarding gate if it is already assigned. If not, the corresponding boarding gate will be announced when the time of the flight departure is approaching. The boarding gate may also be indicated in you boarding pass, but you still must pay attention on possible changes, that might be announced through the loudspeakers or the information panels. Please, feel free to consult the staff at the information or check-in counters, in case of any doubts.
Please make sure that you carry all of your belongings with you before leave the check-in counter: personal documents, boarding pass and ID or passport.
Once you passed the security control for necessary documents and prohibited objects in hand luggage-, please head to the corresponding boarding gate.
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