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Barcelona Airport Information

The Barcelona Airport, which is known in Spain as Barcelona-El Prat Airport, is the largest airport in the Spanish region of Catalonia. It is also the second-largest airport in the country of Spain behind Madrid's Barajas Airport, and it holds the distinction of being the world's 31st busiest airport. In the most recent calendar year, Barcelona Airport, which has an IATA code of BCN, served over 34-million passengers, making it the ninth-busiest airport on the continent of Europe. The airport has been experiencing tremendous growth, and experts predict that it will continue to increase its passenger numbers as it continues to operate.

For the most part, Barcelona Airport serves domestic passengers who fly within the country of Spain and to other parts of Western Europe. However, it also serves a number of Eastern European destinations as well as areas of North Africa. Additionally, the airport offers flights to and from destinations in North America, South America, and parts of Southeast Asia.

Travelers using the Barcelona Airport are generally pleased to know that the airport features approximately 24,000 spaces for parking. The spaces are divided evenly between the airport's two terminals. These spaces are distributed throughout various areas of the terminals, and many of them are covered. This allows passengers to travel by foot from the airport to their cars, or vice versa, without becoming exposed to the outdoor elements.

Barcelona Airport uses two main terminals to serve airlines and their passengers. Terminal 1 is the airport's busiest terminal, and it serves approximately 70% of the airport's flights at this time. It is also the airport's newest terminal, having opened in June of 2009. This terminal covers nearly seven-million square feet of space and it features a total of 258 check-in counters. Additionally, the terminal includes 15 baggage carousels, and 60 jetways.

Terminal 2 at Barcelona Airport is much smaller than Terminal 1. This terminal was designed in the early 1990s to help the airport serve traffic associated with the Summer Olympic Games in 1992. Once the larger Terminal 1 was opened in 2009, Terminal 2 became relatively empty. However, airport officials have worked to bring regional and budget carriers to the terminal. They did this through the lowering of the fees associated with landing at the terminal. Although terminal 2 is nowhere near as busy as its counterpart, it manages to serve a number of important travelers and their flights.

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