The T1 is a logistically and technically complex building where more than 100,000 passengers will pass through and 15,000 people will work every day.
The architectural proposal combines a superior functional design aimed at making operations as efficient and fluid as possible, with a modern design that is at the forefront of the European airport projects, combining advanced technology with a great respect for the environment and high quality of service.
The T1 has the capacity for 30 million passengers. This extra capacity has doubled the entire capacity of the Barcelona Airport, reaching a new total capacity of 55 million passengers.
The new technical baggage handling systems, the passenger boarding systems with fingers (a total of 43, which can be extended to 50) and the location of the T1 between two parallel runways speed up and facilitate the fluid airport operations of passenger and cargo traffic in Barcelona.
It is an infrastructure of high technical value with the means to operate all types of flights, making Barcelona a reference for the future.
Overall view of the Barcelona Airport
The old Barcelona terminal was recently renamed as the Terminal 2 (T2). This terminal is being improved on all levels to raise it to the top standards of other airport infrastructures, forming a fully functional, modern and dynamic terminal that meets the passengers and airlines’ needs. This terminal has a similar capacity to the T1, which guarantees an increased airport capacity to take in a growing number of passengers. The terminal has 48 boarding gates (30 with finger-docks) and capacity to comfortably operate around 25 million passengers per year.
Barcelona has a third terminal for corporate aviation. This small terminal of 2,100 m2 is operational 24 hours a day, all year long. The corporate aviation terminal is managed by Executive Airlines and the UTE Gestair-Assistair, two of the airport’s main corporate aircraft operators. The terminal is located behind the corporate aviation platform, with capacity for 26 corporate aviation aircraft. The terminal has installations equipped with VIP lounges, exclusive services and meeting rooms for its visitors to use.
The increased capacity that the new airport has would not have been possible without an unprecedented modernization of the air traffic control instruments in the airport’s new control tower, another one of the Barcelona Plan’s improvements. This tower modernizes Barcelona Airport’s air transportation instruments. With the modernization of the terminal areas and the implemented improvements in the airfield, the airport is now capable of reaching the necessary levels of traffic for upcoming years, being able to handle up to 90 operations per hour.
The Barcelona Airport’s airfield consists of 3 runways: two parallel and one transversal. The runways have the following measurements:
|07L – 25R||3352||60||CAT II / III|
|07R – 25L||2660||45||CAT II / III|
|02 – 20||2540||45||CAT I|
The two parallel runways are constantly operational (the two runways: 07 – 25).
The Barcelona Airport’s airfield has enough capacity for any commercial airplane to operate that currently exists or that is planned for the near future. The runways and the current air traffic control systems can handle up to 90 movements per hour.
Aerial view of the airport complex
Besides the passenger terminals, the Barcelona Airport also has a cargo centre of over 40 hectares designated for the logistical sector of the air transport. It is organized in two different operational lines. In the first line the handling operators can be found and other companies that operate in buildings with direct access to the airport platform. The second line consists of facilities for freight forwarders. More than 140 companies operate out of this area.
The Barcelona Plan improvements have significantly increased the airport’s operating capacity. The airport is prepared to take in up to 55 million passengers (70M once the satellite terminal is built), which increases 50% of its prepared operational capacity up to a total of 90 movements/hour and provides the airport with one of the most efficient and modern terminals in Europe. These are continuous improvements that make the airport an efficient, attractive infrastructure for passengers and airlines without congestion in the flow of air traffic for upcoming years.
With the new projects, the Barcelona Airport multiplies the passenger areas by 3, the operational areas by 10, the boarding gates and number of baggage claim belts by 3, and the commercial services area by 4. It also improves the public transportation access and the parking areas for private vehicles. The final objective is for Barcelona to become a reference for worldwide air transportation.
|Main characteristics of Barcelona|
|Airport operational capacity|
|Passengers||55 million passengers. T1 (30M), T2 (25M)|
|Platform||74 parking spaces|
|Maximum capacity of the airfield||90 operations / hour|
|Airfield||3 runways: 2 parallel and 1 crossed|
|Land service operators||4|
|Surface area||674.759 m2||525.400 m2||149.359 m2|
|Public areas||236.200 m2||155.200 m2||81.000 m2|
|Commercial space||44.316 m2||25.200 m2||19.116 m2|
(ampliables a 50)
|Baggage claim belts||32||14||18|
Even when most of the Barcelona Plan was already done, the Barcelona airport expansion plan was not over with the implementation of the T1. The main objective of this plan is to convert the Barcelona Airport into an important international hub. In order to achieve this, the Plan includes the start-up of the following measures:
- Expansion of the airport city service area: a cargo centre, an aeronautical industrial park, hotels, offices, etc.
- Improved highway accesses, increased parking spaces and improved public transportation with the arrival of the metro (L9), commuter train (C2) and the high speed train (AVE).
- A new satellite terminal located in front of the T1, which will increase the airport capacity up to 70 million passengers.
These measures and improvements will be done during the next few years.