Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) is the busiest airport in Madrid and the only airport in the area with commercial passenger service. Located about eight miles northeast of the city’s Puerto del Sol historic center, the airport is served by dozens of airlines offering flights within Spain and across the world.
Madrid–Barajas is a hub for Air Europa, Iberia and Iberia Express, and a mini-hub for LAN Airlines, Pullmantur Air and Vueling. Travelers departing from Madrid can fly non-stop to other European cities (including London, Paris and Moscow), Africa (including Algiers, Cairo and Casablanca), Asia (including Dubai, Beijing and Bangkok), North America (including Chicago, Mexico City, New York and Toronto) and South America (including Bogota and Buenos Aires).
Madrid’s central location in Europe makes it an ideal starting spot for travel to other destinations in Europe as well as more far-flung locations.
Among the most popular domestic destinations: Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and Gran Canaria. Air Europa, Iberia and Vueling offer flights to Barcelona. Air Berlin, Air Europa, Air Nostrum, Iberia Express and Ryanair fly to Palma de Mallorca. And Air Europa, Iberia and Ryanair fly to Gran Canaria.
Within Europe, Amsterdam, London, Paris and Rome are among the favorite destinations of Madrid travelers. Air Europa and KLM fly from Madrid to Amsterdam. Several carriers, including Air Europa, British Airways, easyJet, Iberia, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Ryanair, offer flights to London City Airport, London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Luton and London Stansted. Air Europa and Iberia offers flights to Paris Orly. Air France, easyJet, Vueling offer flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle. And Air Europa, Alitalia, EasyJet and Iberia offer service from Madrid to Rome.
Other popular destinations include Buenos Aires, New York, Lima and Bogota.
A number of low-cost carriers fly from Madrid–Barajas, meaning that travelers looking for bargain airfares should have plenty of choices.
Among the budget airlines: easyJet (with flights to cities including Berlin, Lisbon and Milan), Germanwings (with flights to Düsseldorf and Hamburg), Norwegian Air Shuttle (with flights to cities including Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm), Ryanair (with flights to cities including Bologna, Dublin and Marrakech), Vueling (with flights to cities including Barcelona and Florence) and Wizz Air (with flights to cities including Prague and Sofia). If you’re searching for cheap airfares, ensure that your search includes these airlines.