Barajas International Airport in Madrid, Spain, is that country's most important international and domestic getaway center. Started in 1928, the airport has grown to be one of the most important aviation centers of any Hispanic country. Barajas International Airport has the IATA Airport Code MAD.
Barajas is the principal hub for Iberia and Spanair.
A development on the Madrid metro system has recently provided a direct link from Barajas to the Nuevos Ministerios station in the city's business district. A check-in counter at Nuevos Ministerios enables passengers to check in their bags before leaving for the airport. The final section of the link from Nuevos Ministerios to Barajas (line 8) was opened in May 2002.
The airport been connected with several tragedies: In 1983, a Iberia Boeing 727 and a Aviaco DC-9 collided there, killing hundreds of passengers, and about 2 months later, an Avianca Boeing 747 landing from Bogota, Colombia, crashed nearby, killing most of the people on that plane. Then in 1985, another Iberia Boeing 727 crashed, this time while landing in Valencia after a flight from Barajas, killing all of the passengers on that flight.
Airlines currently flying to Barajas include: