Madrid Airport (MAD)

The Madrid Airport most commonly known by the natives as the Adolf Suarez Madrid Barajas Airport is situated in the heart of Madrid.

The airport is named after Adolf Suarez (1932-2014) who was the leader of the Spanish transition from dictatorship to democracy. He was the first president of Spain. The Madrid-Barajas Airport or the Madrid Airport is one of the largest airports in Europe. The airport is sized at 7500 acres in areas. The airport location is of utmost importance in order to cater to the vast number of people who use the services of the airport.

When going through the sort history of the airport it shows that the Madrid airport has been constructed in the year 1927 as a domestic airport and has opened to international traffic in the year of 1931. Initially there were only small terminals present in the airport but through years of development it has evolved into the airport that it is now. At the initial days it was only able to cater to a crowd of 30,000 passengers per year but according to the latest survey results it is clear that the airport can handle up to a passenger limit of 50,420,583 per year.

The facilities of the airport are at the highest quality possible. This is done so that the passenger satisfaction is maintained. The Madrid Airport is one of the busiest airport in the world and is one of the most beautiful and architecturally sound airports that you will be able to visit. It has showed a huge growth from the year 2000 where all the facilities that the airport offered were fine-tuned and upgrade in order to cater for growing number of passengers that use the airport for daily transportation. The iconic event that the airport has gone through is the FIFA World Cup of 1982 where the expansion of the airport has been known to be perfected.

There are 4 runways in the Madrid Airport and since the airport is one of the biggest in the world these runways are also somewhat big. The longest runway in the Madrid airport is 4350 meters long which is in the direction of 18R/36L and is made of a mixture of Asphalt and Concrete. The next runway is in the direction of 14R/32L and is 4100 meters long. The other two runways are made of asphalt and are situated in 18L/36R and 14L/32R and each are 3500 meters long. It is evident that the Madrid airport is one of the biggest airports in the world.

The economic impact that the Madrid airport has on Spain is huge which is at $10.9 Billion. This is mainly since there are many airlines that have been working through the Madrid Airport. Prestigious airlines Emirates, Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways have been transporting passengers in the Madrid Airport. The busiest European routes that the Madrid Airport have are to London, Portugal, Paris, Italy, Germany, Amsterdam and Brussels. The busiest international routes are Argentina, America and Brazil.


Contact details

Madrid-Barajas Airport, Av de la Hispanidad, s/n, 28042 Madrid, Spain IATA Code: MAD +34 (0) 913 936 000

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