On 17 June 2009 terminal T1 came into service, the infrastructure which confirmed the status of Barcelona-El Prat as a benchmark airport in Southern Europe. Since then, the airport installations have won several awards from institutions of different types.

In 2009 the airport received the Excellence in Logistics Award from Fundación ICIL for its procedural tests in terminal T1. It also won the prize for the Best National Project of the year at Barcelona Meeting Point and the El Vigía award for the best infrastructure of the year. The media plan for the opening of the terminal was also recognised by the Col•legi de Periodistes de Catalunya in the crisis management category.

Terminal T1 has twice won the prize for the Best European Airport with more than 25 million passengers. This was presented by the Airport Council International (ACI) in 2010 and 2014. This prize recognises its excellent performance in all the key areas, thanks to its investment in infrastructure, its strong commitment to environmental sustainability, and its much wider range of new routes and international traffic.

In 2010 the network of Catalan tourism journalists, ACPETUR, awarded T1 the Ali Bei prize for the best contribution to quality in tourism. The ESIC business school also awarded it the ASTER media prize for the "Volem" media campaign, launched for the opening of T1.

Barcelona-El Prat Airport won with the Skytrax Award for best airportin southern Europe in three years, 2011, 2012 and 2014. This is one of the World Airport Awards, which are based on surveys of around 11 million passengers from more than 100 countries. Barcelona-El Prat Airport was recognised by the digital publication Airline Network News & Analysis with the 2012 Euro Annie award as the airport with most passenger growth in Europe in the top category (more than 10 million passengers).