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Barcelona El Prat International Airport Terminal 1 Concourse - 2010

Barcelona El Prat International Airport Terminal 1 Concourse - 2010

Barcelona El Prat International Airport Terminal 1 Concourse - 2010


Barcelona El Prat Airport, BCN, is Spain's #2 Airport behind Madrid Barajas. Barcelona El Prat is the main hub for Spanair and Vueling Airlines and a focus city for Air Europa and Iberia. It is the #1 airport in the Spanish state of Catalonia. Barcelona El Prat mainly serves domestic, European and North African destinations, with limited flights to Southeast Asia, Latin America and North America. Scheduled commercial service began in 1927 with an Iberia service to Madrid Cuatro Vientos Airport. This was Iberia's first route.

In 1948, a runway was built and in the same year the first overseas service was operated by Pan American World Airways to New York City, using a Lockheed Constellation. In 1963 the airport reached one million passengers a year. A new control tower was built in 1965 and the terminal was rebuilt in 1968, which is part of Terminal 2B. On August 3, 1970, Pan American World Airways began regular service between Barcelona, Lisbon and New York, operated by a Boeing 747. On November 4th of the same year, Iberia began the "Air-shuttle" service between Barcelona and Madrid-Barajas. A few years later, in 1976, a terminal was built specifically for Iberia's air-shuttle service.

From the late seventies to the early nineties the airport was stalled in traffic and investments until the 1992 Summer Olympics held in Barcelona. BCN underwent a major development consisting in the modernization and expansion of the existing terminal (terminal B) and the construction of the other two (A and C terminals) which included jetways for direct access to the aircraft. The new control tower opened in 1996.

The Barcelona-Madrid air shuttle service, known as the "Puente Aereo" (in Spanish), or "Pont Aeri" (in Catalan) literally "Air Bridge", was the world's busiest route until 2008. The schedule has tapered off when a Madrid-Barcelona high-speed rail line was opened, covering the distance in 2 hours 40 minutes.

The new terminal T1 was inaugurated in June 2009. It has 50 jetways, 168 check-in counters, and is used by most carriers including Adria, Aegean, Aeroflot, Aeromexico, Aerolineas Argentinas, Air Algerie, Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, American, British Airways, Continental Airlines, Croatia, Czech, El Air, Finnair, Iberia, Iberworld, KLM, Lufthansa, Royal Air Moroco, Royal Jordanian, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, Air Tap Portugal, Tunisair, Turkish, Ukraine, US Airways, and major hub carrier Vueling Airlines

Terminal 2 occupants include Aer Lingus, Air Berlin, Aer Transat, Akria Israel, EasyJet, Jet4You, Jet2, Malev, Nikki, Pakistan, Qatar Airways, Ryanair, Transavia, and Wizz Air.
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