Best Western Hotel Alfa Aeropuerto is located approximately 1.5 miles from El Prat Airport and seven miles from downtown Barcelona. This location is also two miles from the Olympic area, three miles from the Gothic Quarter...more
Tryp Barcelona Aeropuerto is located approximately one mile from Barcelona Airport and six miles from downtown Barcelona. Hotel amenities include the exercise room, breakfast buffet, a la carte restaurant, lobby bar...more
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The Barcelona Airport is located just outside the center of Barcelona, and is the second largest airport in Spain, boasting a continued growth both in services offered and passengers flying.
The Barcelona El Prat Airport first began operating in 1918, although it was mostly used as a meeting place for both the Aeroclub of Catalonia and the Spanish Navy's fleet of Zeppelin. In 1927 the airport began its first scheduled commercial flights with an Ilberia Airlines service from Barcelona to Madrid. Between 1948 and 1952, the airport underwent construction, including the addition of more airstrips, and the first overseas service was offered, from Barcelona to New York City. By 1963, the airport had reached a peak of over a million travelers a year. Over the next thirteen years the airport continued to grow, and additions were made, including a terminal exclusively for cargo, a terminal built specifically for Iberia's air-shuttle service, an aircraft ramp for cargo, and an annexed mail service. By the end of the next year, the airport had reached over five million passengers annually.
During the next twelve years, Barcelona's Airport found itself stuck with bad investments and traffic, and there were simply too many travelers for the airport to sustain. Thankfully, the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona helped boost income and allowed for major construction to take place, including a modernization of the entire airport and new terminals to be constructed. It was because of this modernization, and the size of the airport, that it was able to survive the crisis in the aviation sector that took place in 2001 after the severe drop in airline customers that took place in 1999.
In recent years, the airport has had numerous improvements, allowing it to be able to sustain increased yearly traffic. In 2011 the Barcelona airport reported having just over 34 million annual passengers, and new plans for additions hope to increase that number, to allow for up to seventy million passengers a year. The airport has long been one of the main travel hubs for anyone flying throughout Europe, although officials hope to make the airport not just a hub for European travelers, but for travelers of other continents as well. With the airport's increasing number of services, and constant growth, it's certainly a sustainable goal.