Barcelona International Airport (IATA: BCN, ICAO: LEBL) known as El Prat is an airport that serves Barcelona, Spain. It
is located 10 km away at the town of El Prat de Llobregat.
In recent years, the traffic of low-cost airlines has grown significantly, especially after the creation of operating bases by
Vueling and Clickair at the airport. Vueling and Clickair merged in July 2009, and they now operate under the name of Vueling.
There are other low-cost airlines operating from the airport including easyJet, WizzAir, and Ryanair who have established a new
base at the airport starting September 2010.
The Barcelona-Madrid air shuttle service, known as the "Pont Aeri" (in Catalan) or "Puente Aéreo" (in Spanish), literally
"Air Bridge", is the world's busiest route, with the highest number of flight operations (971 per week) in 2007. The schedule
has been reduced since February 2008, when a Madrid-Barcelona high-speed rail line was opened, covering the distance in 2½ hours,
and quickly has become popular.
In 2011, nearly 34.4 million passengers used Barcelona Airport, a 17.8% increase compared with 2010, making it the 9th
busiest airport in Europe. In 2012, Barcelona Airport handled 35.1 million passengers, and as the only of the major airports of Spain reported an increase.