Public transport adapts to new airport terminal 4 in Madrid
The fourth terminal of Madrid Barajas International Airport opened in February. The Consorcio de Transportes de Madrid then decided to provide an improved information to the travellers by editing an updated document describing airport access. The document, available in English and Spanish describes the existing and the new transport services, presents a detailed map of the terminals including information on airline companies and provides information on applicable fares.
On a longer term, the new terminal will be accessed in 2007 by the extension of metro line 8, that already connects the other terminals. The call for bids regarding the build-operate concession has been published by the Community of Madrid in February. The concession is expected to be awarded in April. The 2.5 kilometres extension will cost € 52 million and € 33 million will be invested in new rolling stock.
Terminal 4 consists of a main building and a secondary building with satellites, linked by the Automatic People Mover (APM) manufactured by Bombardier that is the first automatic transport system in Spain, able to carry 6,500 people per hour. Investment costs amount to € 108 million for a 2.7-kilometre infrastructure.
Updated : March 22, 2006