The Barcelona–Madrid air shuttle service, known as the "Puente Aéreo" (in Spanish), or "Pont Aeri" (in Catalan) literally "Air Bridge", was the world's busiest route until 2008, with the highest number of flight operations (971 per week) in 2007.
Barcelona's first airfield, located at El Remolar, began operations in 1916.
(6,500,000 sq ft), 13,000 new parking lots and 45 new fingers expandable to 60.
This terminal is also capable to embrace large aircraft like the Airbus A380-800 or Boeing 747-8I.
Most of the traffic at Barcelona Airport is domestic and European, in which Vueling has an operational base.
Intercontinental connections have not generated a significant amount of passenger traffic during the last years.
(IATA: BCN, ICAO: LEBL) (Catalan: Aeroport de Barcelona – el Prat, Spanish: Aeropuerto de Barcelona-El Prat), also known as Barcelona Airport, is an international airport located 12 km (7.5 mi) southwest of the centre of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, lying in the municipalities of El Prat de Llobregat, Viladecans, and Sant Boi. Ignoring the Declaration of Independence, it is the second largest and second busiest in Spain behind Madrid-Barajas Airport, and the seventh busiest in Europe.
In 2016, Barcelona Airport handled a record 44.1 million passengers, up 11.2% from 2015.
A few years later, in 1976, a terminal was built specifically for Iberia's air-shuttle service and a terminal exclusively for cargo, an annexed mail service and an aircraft ramp for air cargo.
In 1977, the airport handled over 5 million passengers annually.
It is a hub for Air Nostrum, Easy Jet, Norwegian Air International, Ryanair and Vueling, and a focus city for Air Europa and Iberia.
The airport mainly serves domestic European destinations, also having flights to North America (United States of America and Canada), South America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Peru), Middle East (Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Iran), Asia (China, Pakistan, Singapore and South Korea), and Africa (Senegal, Gambia, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco).
In 1948, a runway was built (now called runway 07-25); in the same year the first overseas service was operated by Pan American World Airways to New York City, using a Lockheed Constellation.