Madrid Barajas Airport

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1/10

"the most badly run airport I have ever had the misfortune to visit"

(United Kingdom)

Trip Verified | Madrid Barajas Airport is the most badly run airport I have ever had the misfortune to visit. After Brexit the EU has withdrawn the rights of UK passengers to the use the eGates which means even on relatively short flights from the UK to Spain British passengers now have to queue with all other countries at international border control while those from the EU, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein use the eGates and are through in minutes. There are extremely long waiting times for Spanish customs officers to manually process passports. Despite hundreds of passengers in the queue they only have 2 desks open at any one time. Madrid only has one airport and it has put me off flying there for business now I can spend more time going through passport control than I do in the air.
Experience At AirportArrival and Departure
Date VisitNovember 2021
Type Of TravellerBusiness
Queuing Times 12345
Terminal Cleanliness 12345
Terminal Signs 12345
Food Beverages N/A
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2/10

"A very poor experience"

(United Kingdom)

Not Verified | Attempted transit in Madrid on our way from London to San Sebastian. The immigration queue was 90 minutes long and as a result we, and many others, missed our connections. The 'urgent' flight connections lane doesn't appear to be running and staff were uninterested in helping - 'connections don't get special treatment, speak to your airline'. The subsequent queue at Iberia customer services was so long that we gave up and paid our own way to San Sebastian via coach. A very poor experience.
Experience At AirportTransit
Date VisitOctober 2021
Type Of TravellerCouple Leisure
Queuing Times 12345
Terminal Cleanliness 12345
Terminal Seating 12345
Terminal Signs 12345
Food Beverages N/A
Airport Staff 12345
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2/10

"Passport Control line that lasted almost 90 minutes!"

(United States)

Not Verified | Airport is quite pretty, but not very functional. There are very long distances to gates. The worst part was arriving after a 9 hour flight to find a Passport Control line that last almost 90 minutes! At 08.30 on a Sunday morning, they only had 4 positions open, despite multiple large planes coming in from North and South America! Then, the boards to tell where bags are located are few and far between. We had to search from Carousel to carousel. I’ll consider connecting at a different European airport and taking the train or a Schengen flight rather than landing here again.
Experience At AirportArrival and Departure
Date VisitOctober 2021
Type Of TravellerSolo Leisure
Queuing Times 12345
Terminal Cleanliness 12345
Terminal Seating 12345
Terminal Signs 12345
Food Beverages N/A
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1/10

"tells people to push their own trays"

(Croatia)

Not Verified | I have been to many airports in the world but never have I seen so many unpleasant, unpolite people working at the airport. From the security person who refused to help me, although in 4 in the morning has not much to do to do security control office who tells people to push their own trays.
Experience At AirportArrival and Departure
Date VisitSeptember 2021
Type Of TravellerBusiness
Queuing Times 12345
Terminal Cleanliness 12345
Terminal Seating 12345
Terminal Signs 12345
Airport Shopping 12345
Airport Staff 12345
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5/10

"it is well cleaned"

(Portugal)

Trip Verified | It was midnight and there was a huge number of passengers trying to form a queue to take a taxi in a temperature of 38 degrees. I think it is badly signed and organized, but it is well cleaned from what I could experience and the fast control border check actually works very well.
Experience At AirportDeparture Only
Date VisitAugust 2021
Type Of TravellerSolo Leisure
Queuing Times 12345
Terminal Cleanliness 12345
Terminal Seating 12345
Terminal Signs 12345
Food Beverages 12345
Airport Shopping 12345
Wifi Connectivity 12345
Airport Staff 12345
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8/10

"beautifully designed terminals"

(United States)

Trip Verified | This is a massive airport, but very easy to get around pretty quickly. They’re beautifully designed terminals, with lots of shopping and food opportunities. It wasn’t 100% tidy when I was there, but it’s still covid-time, so I cut them some slack. I actually liked being there the hours I had to be there.
Experience At AirportArrival and Departure
Date VisitJuly 2021
Type Of TravellerCouple Leisure
Queuing Times 12345
Terminal Cleanliness 12345
Terminal Seating 12345
Terminal Signs 12345
Food Beverages 12345
Airport Shopping 12345
Wifi Connectivity 12345
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1/10

"One of the world’s worst!"

(United Kingdom)

Not Verified | One of the world’s worst! The majority of the staff that work at the airport are very rude and unhelpful. Never have I been spoken to in such a manner by some of the staff I came across there, absolutely disgusting and I worked in the industry for years. There seems to be no organization here, and obviously very clearly a badly run airport, shame on you management. Madrid deserves better! I’ll avoid this airport like the plague with my future travels.
Experience At AirportArrival and Departure
Date VisitMay 2021
Type Of TravellerSolo Leisure
Queuing Times 12345
Terminal Cleanliness 12345
Terminal Seating 12345
Terminal Signs 12345
Food Beverages N/A
Wifi Connectivity 12345
Airport Staff 12345
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3/10

"living through very special times"

(Portugal)

Trip Verified | I know terminal 1 is somewhat old and that we are living through very special times, but it would be good to see more seats after security, more shops open (only 1 cafee and duty free) and more cleaning.
Experience At AirportDeparture Only
Date VisitAugust 2020
Type Of TravellerSolo Leisure
Queuing Times 12345
Terminal Cleanliness 12345
Terminal Seating 12345
Terminal Signs 12345
Food Beverages 12345
Airport Shopping 12345
Airport Staff 12345
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8/10

"I would recommend it for anyone"

(Puerto Rico)

Not Verified | Madrid Barajas Airport is truly a complex airport. I flew into T4S which recieves all the international Iberia flights (A330s, A350s, A340s). The airport is a bit tricky to navigate but the signs help a lot. The security is somewhat rude is both Barcelona and Madrid airport. I was doing some planespotting and the security told me I couldn't, but it's ok, you're here to arrive and go to the city! The walk time from the gate (It was the most northern gates) to the baggage claim was approximately 30 minutes. The The baggage claim has a modern and sleek design to it. It sure is a large airport. Madrid Barajas Airport is a really complex and large airport, security is a bit rude but I would recommend it for anyone!
Experience At AirportArrival and Departure
Date VisitDecember 2019
Type Of TravellerFamily Leisure
Queuing Times 12345
Terminal Cleanliness 12345
Terminal Seating 12345
Terminal Signs 12345
Food Beverages 12345
Airport Shopping 12345
Wifi Connectivity 12345
Airport Staff 12345
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1/10

"pure contempt for the customer"

(United Kingdom)

Trip Verified | Arrived at terminal 4S departing from 4S. A woman at transit security in terminal 4S asked where I was going? I said London, she merely pointed with disdain to go through passport control opposite without bothering to look at my boarding pass. Not convinced I asked a guy in the passport area, he said the same thing. After some downward escalators, it was obviously I was heading for train to Exit/baggage reclaim. A young lady from Iberia agreed I had been misdirected and told me to go back. But no lifts or escalators to go back up - I had to go up 4 storeys of stairs. I was told to go back through the manned passport booths and back to the same security area. I told the woman what she had done wrong. She said nothing, turned and rudely walked away. It would appear that some (possibly most) flights to London do go from other terminals and for those flights her instruction would have been correct. However as a result of lack of training, interest, motivation or any concept of customer (or pure contempt for the customer) she could not be bothered to do her job and check my boarding pass where it clearly had a big S for terminal 4S, and therefore I should go through this security area. Or perhaps it is Madrid airport's failure to provide the bar code scanners you find at security at all other airport security areas that drive the rudeness, incompetence and negligence of their staff. I do not have any idea what the terminal is like because I was on a wild goose chase, courtesy of its staff. So any point is a guess.
Experience At AirportTransit
Date VisitNovember 2019
Type Of TravellerSolo Leisure
Queuing Times 12345
Terminal Cleanliness 12345
Terminal Signs 12345
Food Beverages N/A
Airport Staff 12345
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