Barcelona International Airport

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Barcelona Airport (IATA: BCNICAO: LEBL), commonly known as El Prat Airport, is located 10 km (6.2 mi) southwest[1] from Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, lying in the municipalities of El Prat de Llobregat, Viladecans and Sant Boi.

The airport is the second largest in Spain behind Madrid-Barajas Airport and the largest in Catalonia. It is a main hub for Spanair and Vueling and a focus city for Air Europa and Iberia. The airport mainly serves domestic, European and North African destinations, also having flights to Southeast Asia, Latin America and North America.

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.[3] The schedule has been reduced since February 2008, when a Madrid-Barcelona high-speed rail line was opened, covering the distance in 2 hours 40 minutes, and quickly became popular.

In 2009, 27,311,765 passengers used Barcelona Airport, a 9.8% decrease compared with 2008.[2]


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