Some of the reserved plots are within walking distance of the terminals

Barcelona Airport, which moved 34 million passengers in 2011 (a rise of 17%, the largest in all Europe) expects to take advantage of the growth trend to attract hotel chains from different segments: from premium to low cost establishments.

For the time being, Aena – the managing company - has incorporated a new commercial direction to Barcelona, whose aim is precisely to improve commercial revenue from El Prat Airport.

Last year, Barcelona airport had revenue of 334 million euros and EBITDA of 91 million.

65% of revenue came from airport operations (airport approach and parking charges, passenger fees, etc.) and 35% corresponded to commercial income derived from shop concessions, parking and publicity, mainly.

"Our challenge is to foment commercial revenue, where we have room for growth and real estate is going to play an important role", explained Sonia Corrochano, who on 1 March was appointed new manager of Barcelona airport.

Thus, Aena has already urbanised a series of plots classified as land for hotels, "which are in a privileged position", indicates the manager of the airport.

Of these plots, some can be found within walking distance of the terminals and are the ones which will be kept for the higher category hotels.

Besides, on land near T2 other establishments of different types are expected to be located. It is not even to be ruled out that one of these hotels may have a casino annex.

More intercontinental flights

Currently, over 100 airlines operate in Barcelona, flying to 150 cities, among them 32 intercontinental destinations on direct routes (as opposed to 16 operations six years ago).

All in all, close to 130,000 passengers pass through the airport every day. See also the press release yesterday: Intercontinental flights to Barcelona: Aena says there is "unmet demand".


Source: Hosteltur


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