As the busiest airport on the Iberia Peninsula region, Madrid–Barajas Airport is the home base for several major Spanish airline companies. Spain’s national airline Iberia connects Madrid with other major domestic destinations. Asturias, Bilbao, Barcelona, Malaga, Santander, Seville, and Valencia are popular destinations within continental Spain that are listed on the Iberia schedule. The Balearic Islands and Canary Islands are also included in the Iberia domestic service. Of course, Spain’s largest airline also connects the country’s capital city with other important European cities like Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Milan, Rome, and Paris.
Spain’s flag carrier also connects Madrid with other important cities in the Spanish-speaking world in South America. Buenos Aires, Caracas, Guatemala City, Mexico City, Panama City, and Santiago de Chile can be reached via transatlantic Iberia flights. Iberia is also one of the few airlines at Madrid–Barajas Airport to offer long haul flights to the United States. Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, and New York are major U.S. cities that receive Iberia’s non-stop flights from Madrid. Iberia uses Terminal 4 in Spain’s busiest airport.
The second largest airline in Spain also serves Madrid–Barajas Airport. Vueling specializes in low cost airfare to popular tourist destinations like Barcelona, Florence, and Paris. Seasonal flights by this Spanish low cost airline also include trips to the Balearic Islands of Ibiza and Minorca and the Mediterranean island country Malta. Vueling uses Terminal 4 at Madrid–Barajas Airport.
Spain’s busiest airport is also home to the country’s third largest airline. Air Europa connects Madrid–Barajas Airport with more than ten Latin American destinations including Buenos Aires, Cancun, Havana, Lima, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo, and Salvador de Bahia. These long distance international flights to South America and the Caribbean take off from Terminal 1. In Terminal 2, Air Europa also operates regional service to popular Spanish resorts destinations. Spain’s Balearic Islands of Ibiza, Minorca, and Mallorca are accessible for Air Europa passengers using Madrid–Barajas Airport. Additionally, several Canary Islands are also listed on the schedule of Spain’s third biggest airline.
Madrid–Barajas Airport is well connected to Spanish speaking cities outside of the Iberian Peninsula thanks to several major international airlines. Aeromexico, Aerolineas Argentinas, Avianca, LAN Airlines, LAN Peru, and LAN Ecuador operate transatlantic flights to South America. Of course, Madrid’s main airport is also served by over a dozen European airline companies including flag carriers like Air France, Alitalia, Lufthansa, KLM, and TAP Portugal. The international airlines use the various Terminal buildings at Madrid–Barajas Airport.