The New Terminal 4 at Madrid Barajas Airport

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Terminal 4 at Madrid Barajas Airport - Information on all the facilities, transport options and services within the new Terminal 4 and its satellite building T4S at Madrid Airport which is due to open in February 2006.

This month should see the opening of the new Terminal 4 and its satellite (T4S) at Madrid Barajas Airport. The new terminal will have the capacity to deal with around 35 million passengers each year and during the peek times it will be able to cope with up to 10,000 people per hour.

The new terminal building has been constructed under the direction of Aena and the architects are Antonio Lamela and Richard Rogers. Intitec and TPS Engineers have overseen the construction.

Sunlight is an important ingredient within the new terminal and it has been turned into a place where travelers should be able to relax and enjoy a vast array of shopping, eating health and beauty facilities.

There will be 39 aircraft stands adjacent to the terminal building which in turn is made up of three separate modules which span six levels. The first block is for check ins, the second block is for security and the third block is for the boarding of all domestic and Schengen country flights. The Satellite Building -the T4S- has been built to enable more efficient international boarding and disembarking operations in the new T4 and it has more than 26 aircraft stands with air-bridge access.

The transport of passengers to and from the T4 and the T4S is conducted by means of an Automated Passenger Transport System. This is a driverless train that covers the distance slightly over 2 km separating the two terminals in just 4 minutes. It will operate 24 hours a day and it will run every 2 minutes during peak hours; making 30 second stops at each station. In 1 hour, it can transport up to 13,000 travelers.

Parking at Terminal 4

The new terminal area has its own car park, with a capacity for nearly 9,000 vehicles. This building consists of six annex modules, whose total surface area is 309,000 m2. It has 5 storeys, 24 lifts, 12 escalators and 14 moving walkways.

It is an intelligent car park; at the entrance information is provided about the available spaces and their location.

It is crowned with a vegetation-covered roof, the largest of its kind in Europe with regard to continuous surface area, with nearly 900,000 native plants.

Getting to Terminal 4 at Madrid Airport

Driving

To access the new terminal area by road the M-12 (North-South) motorway and the link between the M-14 and the M-13 (East-West) have been built.

These new access roads connect directly to the departures and arrivals curbsides of the new terminal. There are 7 lanes, 3 for arrivals and 4 for departures.

Buses:

No. 101 line from Canillejas (T1, T2, T3).

No. 200 line from Avda. de América (T1, T2, T3).

No. 204 line from Avda. de América (T4).

Intercity line no. 822 Coslada-Airport (T1, T2, T3).

Special service from Barajas Metro (Underground) station to T4.

Shuttle Buses

These buses will link the 4 terminals, they are free, they run every 3 minutes and the route takes just a few minutes

Underground / Metro

No. 8 line: Airport station (T2) and Barajas station.

Airlines Using Terminal 4 at Madrid Airport will include:

Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Air Algerie, Air Cairo, Air Nostrum, Air Senegal, American Airlines, Avianca, British Airways, CSA Czech Airlines, Egypt Air, El Al, Finnair, Grupo Lan, Iberia, Iberworld, Japan Airlines, Luxair, Olympic Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Moroc, Royal Jordanian, SN Brussels Airlines, Syrian Arab Airlines, Tarom Transportes, Turkish Airlines, Ukraine Airlines, Virgin Express and Vueling.

For further details and information visit http://www.spanish-airport-guide.com.

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