Airport notices Barcelona-El Prat

Borders control

The EU’s new measures to strengthen security checks at its external borders could cause delays at borders checkpoints both entering and leaving the Schengen Area. If you are going to fly, please arrive at the airport well ahead of time.

Under the regulatory changes for Schengen borders, border control agents must check the travel documents of all people crossing external borders against the relevant databases, including individuals entitled to free movement. The security check is performed both when entering and leaving border crossing points.

The Ministry of the Interior recommends that European Union citizens always travel with their biometric passport, and recommends Spanish citizens carry their digital ID. This will allow them to use the automatic ABC checkpoints installed at immigration control stations in the arrivals areas of Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, Barcelona-El Prat, Palma de Mallorca, Málaga-Costa del Sol, Alicante-Elche and Girona-Costa Brava airports.

Beacon Technology

Aena has introduced innovative Beacon technology at Barcelona-El Prat, allowing the airport to provide passengers with direct information regarding their flights, security wait times, sales promotions and other important services. It will also allow airlines to communicate with their passengers in real time when they are in the airport.

iBeacons, or Beacons, are small devices emitting short wave signals via Bluetooth which are received by a smartphone or similar device and require interaction with an installed app. With Bluetooth activated, the signal can be received and personalised information can be provided.

Notifications sent through the Aena app will help passengers as they move through the airport and improve their overall experience. The information received by passengers in real time ranges from information about their flight, security wait times, necessary documentation for boarding, sales promotions, reminders for the location of their car in the car park upon their return trip, etc.

The Aena app is free and is the only official app in Spain for flights and Aena airports. It is available for Android and iOS.