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Adolfo Suárez, Madrid-Barajas Airport

Aeropuerto Adolfo Suárez, Madrid-Barajas
Barajas overview1.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Aena
Serves Madrid, Spain
Location Madrid, Alcobendas, San Sebastián de los Reyes and Paracuellos de Jarama, Spain
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 610 m / 2,000 ft
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Runway Length Surface
m ft
15R/33L 3,988 13,100 Asphalt
18L/36R 3,500 11,482 Asphalt
15L/33R 3,500 11,482 Asphalt
18R/36L 4,179 13,711 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Passengers 49,662,512
Passenger change 09-10 Decrease0.4%
Aircraft Movements 429,381
Movements change 09-10 Decrease1.0%
Sources: Passenger Traffic, AENA
Spanish AIP, AENA

Adolfo Suárez, Madrid-Barajas Airport is Madrid's biggest airport. It is in the district of Barajas, northeast of the centre of Madrid. On March 24, 2014, the Spanish government announced that they will rename the airport after last Prime Minister of Spain Adolfo Suarez.


The airport was originally set up in 1931. At first it was only a small building. The first terminal, now known as Terminal 2, was built in 1952. Air traffic increased. Because of this the airport was again expanded in 1971. Terminal 1 was made. It was meant for international traffic. In 1997, Terminal 3, then known as Terminal Norte opened. It was mainly for the Air Shuttle service between Madrid and Barcelona. Terminal 4 was opened, together with its satellite terminal, in February 2006.


The airport has four terminal buildings and a satellite terminal: T1, T2, T3, T4 and T4S. The three first are connected. T4 can be reached with a free shuttle bus. The satellite terminal is reachable from the T4 by an underground automatic train.


Passengers Aircraft Movements Cargo (tonnes)
2001 34,050,215 375,558 295,944
2002 33,915,302 368,029 295,711
2003 35,855,861 383,804 307,026
2004 38,718,614 401,503 341,177
2005 42,146,784 415,704 333,138
2006 45,799,983 434,959 325,702
2007 52,110,787 483,292 325,201
2008 50,846,494 469,746 329,187
2009 48,437,147 435,187 302,863
2010 49,863,504 433,683 373,380
2011 49,662,512 429,381 393,431 Source: Aena Statistics

Public transport

The metro de Madrid underground line 8 stops at terminal T2 and at terminal T4, and a supplement applies for both stops. Renfe commuter trains (Cercanías) on the C-1 line stop at terminal T4. The airport is also connected by bus and coach services to regional and national destinations.


See also

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