Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD)

1. Airport Overview

2. History and Background

  • Founding Year: 1931
  • Development Timeline:
    • 1931: Airport opens
    • 1974: Opening of Terminal 1
    • 1999: Opening of Terminal 4, designed by architect Richard Rogers
  • Significant Events:
    • 2006: Terminal 4S satellite building opens
    • 2014: Airport renamed to honor former Spanish Prime Minister Adolfo Suárez

3. Facilities and Services

  • Passenger Services:
    • Lounges: Sala VIP Puerta de Alcalá, Sala VIP Plaza Mayor, Sala VIP Cibeles
    • Wi-Fi: Free unlimited Wi-Fi available throughout the airport
    • Baggage Services: Lost & Found, baggage wrapping, and storage
  • Shopping and Dining:
    • Shops: Duty-free, luxury brands like Loewe, Hugo Boss, and local Spanish products
    • Restaurants: Madrid Duty Free, McDonald’s, Mahou Sports Bar, and more
  • Transportation:
    • Public Transport: Metro Line 8, Cercanías (commuter train), buses
    • Car Rentals: Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Sixt
    • Parking: Short-term and long-term parking options, valet parking
    • Shuttles: Hotel shuttles and city shuttles available
  • Accessibility: Services for passengers with reduced mobility, accessible restrooms, dedicated assistance teams

4. Terminals and Layout

  • Terminal Information:
    • Terminal 1: Mainly international flights
    • Terminal 2: Schengen area flights
    • Terminal 3: Schengen area flights and low-cost airlines
    • Terminal 4: Both international and domestic flights, hub for Iberia
    • Terminal 4S: Satellite terminal connected to Terminal 4, primarily for international flights
  • Airport Layout Map: Interactive Map

5. Flights and Airlines

  • Airlines: Iberia, Air Europa, Ryanair, American Airlines, Emirates, and many more
  • Destinations: Over 200 destinations worldwide including New York, Tokyo, Dubai, and Buenos Aires
  • Flight Status: Real-time Flight Status

6. Travel Tips and Information

  • Check-In Procedures: Check-in counters open 3 hours before departure; online check-in available
  • Security: Comprehensive security procedures; separate lines for families and business travelers
  • Customs and Immigration: Passport control for non-Schengen flights, customs checks for arriving international passengers

7. Hotels and Accommodation

  • On-Site Hotels:
    • Air Rooms Madrid Airport by Premium Traveller (Terminal 4)
  • Nearby Hotels:
    • Hotel Clement Barajas
    • NH Madrid Barajas Airport
    • Hilton Madrid Airport

8. Airport Lounges

  • Lounge Access:
    • Sala VIP Puerta de Alcalá: Access for certain ticket classes and membership programs
    • Sala VIP Plaza Mayor: Access with Priority Pass membership, or for a fee
    • Sala VIP Cibeles: Access for certain ticket classes and membership programs
  • Lounge Amenities: Complimentary food and beverages, Wi-Fi, showers, workstations, relaxation areas

9. Business and Conference Facilities

  • Business Centers: Available in various lounges with workstations and meeting rooms
  • Meeting Rooms: Available at the Hilton Madrid Airport and NH Madrid Barajas Airport

10. Airport Statistics

  • Passenger Traffic: Approximately 61 million passengers annually (pre-COVID)
  • Flight Operations: Over 400,000 flight movements annually
  • Cargo: Handles over 500,000 tons of cargo annually

11. Future Developments

  • Upcoming Projects: Expansion plans including terminal upgrades and runway enhancements
  • Renovation Plans: Ongoing upgrades to terminal interiors, security, and passenger facilities

12. Traveler Experiences

13. Photo Gallery

  • Images:
    • Exterior view of the terminal complex
    • Interior shots of check-in areas, lounges, and dining options
    • Aircraft on the tarmac

14. Useful Links

15. Contact and Support

  • Customer Support:
  • Feedback: Feedback form available on the official website

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