Prat Airport

Prat Airport

New Terminal 1 area at the Prat Airport in Barcelona

The Barcelona-El Prat Airport is located to the southeast of the Ciudad Condal (Barcelona), between the municipal terminuses of El Prat de Llobregat, Viladecans and Sant Boi. It is only three kilometres from the Port of Barcelona, which is one of the largest Mediterranean Sea ports in container traffic and the leader in the cruise market.

The new terminal was designed by the architect Ricardo Bofill and constructed by FCC with a total surface area of 449.000 square metres distributed over six floors, 83,400 square metres of roof and 49,409 square metres of façade executed with a glass curtain wall. It has 74 aircraft parking spaces.

The terminal is organised into three elements: a passenger processing building, which houses the check-in counters, baggage collection and the commercial area, two lateral piers and a central one for passenger boarding and an intermodal vestibule into which the various transport modes flow

The terminal includes 101 boarding gates, 43 fingers, 166 check-in desks and 52 automatic check-in machines, 256 informative screens, 8 information counters, 14 passenger care points, 28 security and 52 passport checkpoints, together with more than 1,000 signage elements that provide constant passenger movement guidance.

Special attention was paid to persons with reduced mobility, in urban development and construction, in transport and communications. It includes 49 moving walkways, 26 mechanical ramps, 48 mechanical stairways and 125 lifts to guarantee interior mobility.
Another infrastructure characteristic is the putting into operation of the Automatic Baggage Handling System which takes care of baggage movement to guarantee its classification and delivery in less than ten minutes. This system can process 8,000 baggage items per hour and has 24.4 km of conveyor belts and 4,000 units of transport trays.

Terminal T1 places a 23,866 square-metre commercial area at the disposition of all passengers, together with a 2,583 square-metre business centre.

The putting into service of the T1 also involved the entry into operation of other
associated infrastructures, such as a new 12,000-space smart parking lot, including long-term parking and the construction of new access roadways from the C-31, together with the roadway connecting terminals T1 and T2.

Combining the capacity of the two terminals, T1 and T2, the Barcelona Airport  is now able to handle over 50 million passengers a year and up to 90 aircraft movements per hour. The putting into operation of T2 responds to the requirements of one of the European metropolitan areas with the greatest growth in air traffic.


Remarkable aspects

  • It is the second airport that concentrates most traffic in Spain.
  • The putting into operation of T2 responds to the requirements of one of the European metropolitan areas with the greatest growth in air traffic.
  • Special attention was paid to persons with reduced mobility, in urban development and construction, in transport and communications.
  • This project involved great logistic and technical complexity.

Cost: 472.8 M€

Client: Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea – AENA (Spanish Airports and Air Navigation)

Start date: December 2003

End date: September 2008