Barcelona–El Prat Airport, simply known as Barcelona Airport, is the second largest airport in Spain, and a major transport hub for flights coming from all over Europe and other parts of the world. It is the main airport of Catalonia, located 12km (7.5 mi) southwest of the centre of Barcelona. It serves as the primary base for Vueling, a hub for Iberia Regional and Ryanair, as well as a focus city for Air Europa. It mainly serves domestic, European, and North African destinations, as well as Southeast Asia (Singapore), Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia) and North America (United States and Canada). In 2014, the airport became the first Spanish airport in history to receive a daily Airbus A380 operated by Emirates on its routes to Dubai International Airport.
Barcelona Airport has two terminals, T1 and T2, with T2 having three subdivisions: A, B, and C. Both terminals are linked by a bus shuttle that runs every five to seven minutes with a 12-minute travel time. T1, the fifth largest terminal in the world, operates airlines including Iberia, Air Europa, and a variety of major international airlines, such as Singapore Airlines, Qatar, Pakistan Intl., Emirates, Delta Air Lines, US Airways, American Airlines, Air Canada, Avianca, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Alitalia, CSA, SAS, TAP, Lufthansa, Austrian, Air France, KLM, British Airways, LOT, and Tarom. T2 operates fewer flights and hosts smaller airlines and low-cost carriers, with T2 A operating charter flights. Barcelona–El Prat Airport assigns airlines to each of the two terminals, irrespective of flight destination. The new T1 operates 70% of the flights and has the capacity to handle 55 million passengers annually and operate 90 flights per hour. It is divided into the following levels: Level 0 for Arrivals, Level 1 for shopping and dining areas, and Level 3 for Departures. T2 operates fewer flights than T1, comprised by few low-cost or regional carriers. The terminals are built 4km away from each other. A free shuttle connects both terminals. It operates 24 hours a day and stops directly outside T1 and outside T2B, below the bridge.
Services and Facilities
The airport has five VIP lounges, four of which are located in T1 and the other in T2 B. The Pau Casals lounge in T1 – awarded as "Best Lounge in the World 2013" and "Global Lounge of the Year Award 2013" by Priority Pass – can be accessed by holders of associated airline business class tickets and club cards; paying the corresponding fee; and by presenting a prepaid voucher. The Joan Miró lounge is reserved for passengers travelling to Non-Schengen countries, the Canudas lounge is the only lounge in T2, in sub-terminal B, the Colomer lounge is for air shuttle passengers, while the Business centre lounge is dedicated for meetings and events, as well as a relaxation area in Barcelona–El Prat. The airport offers passengers with 15 minutes of free access to Wi-Fi Internet in both terminals. If you want to grab a quick bite, the airport has a wide range of dining areas and restaurants that you can choose from. The boarding area has a large shopping area with duty free shops, numerous fashion boutiques, sports equipment stores, pharmacy, gift shops, lottery centre, tobacco shops, bookstores, among others. The entire shopping area has several information screens so that you can keep track of your boarding gate at all times (there are no PA systems in the airport to announce boarding schedules). The airport has multiple designated areas for passenger and guest needs. There are 11 information points across the airport that you can go to for your inquiries or any assistance. There’s a Petrol station, shop, and car wash outside T2, a cycle lane, and bicycle parking area. There are several playgrounds for children on the boarding areas of both terminals. There are also ATMs, banking, as well as currency exchange scattered in both terminals. Medical care, including defibrillators for passengers who might have a heart attack while at the airport, is also provided. Lost luggage, lost and found services, and baggage wrapping services are also available. There are also chapels and multi-confessional chapels that are open for specific hours.