Madrid Airport departures have a wide choice of airlines and destinations from Spain’s busiest airport.
Carriers like Ryanair, Spanair, Iberia and Air Nostrum provide domestic routes to Alicante, Barcelona and Almeria for example, but there are also international flights to London, Bristol, Algiers, Athens, Bangkok or Bari in Italy for example.
Other low-cost carriers include Vueling, Air Europa, Aer Lingus and Easyjet, offering routes in Spain and other European destinations. Last year nearly 50 million passengers passed through the airport’s gates and Madrid Airport departures were among the 136,000 people using the facilities every day of the year. Carriers like American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Airlines and Emirates offer destinations further afield.
Departures at the airport take place from four different passenger terminals and it depends on the destination and airline, which passenger terminal will be applicable. All of them are well equipped with restaurants and cafes as well as shopping. Passengers looking for duty free shopping or last minute gifts will find shops for food, jewellery, perfumery and cosmetics, watches, fashion and accessories. For newspapers and other reading matter there are also newsagents in the departure areas.
Refreshments can be found at Cafeteria Colombia, Medas Ready to Eat and El Jet at terminal 1 departures, and at Caffe die Roma, Illy Café, Tap Tap Tapas at terminal 2 for example.
For last minute money matters there are ATMs and banking facilities within terminal 1 and 2 and terminal 4. Information points are dotted around the terminal buildings also.
Departures booked in for very early morning flights will find no fewer than 18 hotels close to the airport, where they can stay comfortably overnight and then take a shuttle service or taxi to the departure terminal. The airport has 7 VIP lounges across the 4 terminal buildings and here Madrid Airport departures will find not just refreshments and individual boarding facilities but also business services like internet access, copying and faxing.
Madrid departures seeking to stay in Spain for more sightseeing will find 17 tour operators at the airport who can assist with onward travel either by train, plane or long distance coach.
For business passengers who do not have access to the VIP lounges via their ticket or VIP passes, there is the business centre at terminal 4, where last minute meetings can also take place in the meeting room facilities, but the other terminals also offer meeting rooms.
Madrid Airport departures who have mislaid or lost their luggage should ask first at the information desk, where they should make enquiries, as there are different baggage incident services according to the airline a passenger uses for their flight.
Given that some 50 million people used the airport last year, it is important to arrive in plenty of time for check-in and for security checks to take place prior to boarding. Passengers with a hire car to return should ensure they know exactly where the hired vehicle has to be returned to and when, since some car rental companies do not have out of office hours drop off boxes for keys.
For more information about departures from Barajas please visit the official website at http://www.aena-aeropuerto.es.