Introduction

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 39,711,276 in 2015, 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.

2015 saw the record figure of 39,711,237 passengers, 5.7% more than the previous year, as well as 288,879 operations and 117,219 tonnes of cargo.

EVOLUTION OF PASSENGER TRAFFIC
Year Passengers Year Passengers
2006 30,008,302 2011 34,398,226
2007 32,898,249 2012 35,144,503
2008 30,272,084 2013 35,216,828
2009 27,421,682 2014 37,558,981
2010 29,209,536 2015 39,711,237