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Old February 4th, 2006, 07:10 AM   #141
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New Madrid Barajas terminal 4 is 4-5 kilometres away from the old terminals...
It is too far!!

Anyway, good luck with the opening on Sunday!!
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Old February 5th, 2006, 07:31 AM   #142
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By far probably the most beautiful, elegant and well designed terminal i have ever seen- !

The contrasting materials- its elegant framework- the attention to detail, not just in large things, but in smaller things as well- the lighting- the list goes on..shit, i think this terminal is gorgeous...

I would take this airport any day over what they have built in Toronto- that building pales (literally) in comparison to this masterpiece.

Lucky Madrid!! I can only say smart move by the board of directors for getting this fantastic architect involved in the project.

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Old February 5th, 2006, 02:57 PM   #143
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A bridge from Europe to South America according to the Spanish authorities ... although it does not reach Madrid
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Old February 5th, 2006, 03:12 PM   #144
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Sexy, yes it is!!!

The first day of the opening of this terminal (T-4), many people were delayed, and could not get on their flights on time. Because of the problems with the SATE (the lugage automatic service of the Airport): Computers did not work well and at the check-in desks the phones did not worked.
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Old February 5th, 2006, 03:12 PM   #145
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^ Why do you say that it doesn't reach Madrid?

The terminal opens today.
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Old February 5th, 2006, 07:57 PM   #146
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and here we have pic os the first day of operation...







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Old February 5th, 2006, 08:48 PM   #147
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Now that is cool
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Old February 6th, 2006, 01:34 AM   #148
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Madrid Airport's New Terminal Has Faltering Start
5 February 2006

MADRID (AP)--Spanish officials pleaded for patience from irate air passengers, some of whom missed their flights amid what authorities said were teething problems at Madrid airport's new EUR6 billion ($7.2 billion) terminal four, Sunday.

"The problems we've had were foreseeable, like employees trying to find their new work stations," Development Minister Magdalena Alvarez, who had been touring the building, told reporters.

Early flights at the terminal -arrivals from Lagos, Nigeria, and Cairo, Egypt, and the first departure, to the northeastern city of Barcelona, went off without a hitch.

Then a power outage froze some computer screens and queues began to lengthen.

Alvarez asked for patience and advised travelers to arrive more than two hours early to ensure difficulties were minimized.
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Old February 6th, 2006, 01:35 AM   #149
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New Madrid airport terminal opens, doubling capacity

MADRID, Feb 4 (Reuters) - A huge new terminal doubles the size of Madrid's Barajas airport and makes it the second biggest in Europe, politicians said at the opening ceremony on Saturday.

Madrid also will rank 10th in the world, they added.

The new terminal 4 starts operations on Sunday, after almost six years of construction and an investment of 6 billion euros ($7.2 billion).

It will be used by Iberia and its "oneworld" alliance partners such as British Airways .

The three older terminals had official capacity for 25 million passengers a year and were struggling to cope with 40 million.

The new terminal and its satellite building, designed by British architect Richard Rogers and Spanish partners Lamela Studios, gives Barajas space for 70 million passengers a year, with the possibility of adding a second satellite if needed.

"We will turn into the second biggest in Europe, in terms of passenger volume, after London Heathrow," Mayor Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon said at the inauguration.

Spain's dominant airline Iberia has spent 60 million euros transferring its operations to the new terminal, which it hopes will give it the space to expand into a major intercontinental carrier.

"This step is very important because we can become the number four hub in Europe, alongside Paris, London and Frankfurt for flights between Europe and Latin America," Managing Director Angel Mullor said earlier this week.
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Old February 6th, 2006, 01:36 AM   #150
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Spain's Prime Minister opens new terminal at Madrid airport
By HAROLD HECKLE
4 February 2006
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MADRID, Spain -- Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero inaugurated a fourth terminal at Madrid's airport on Saturday -- a euro6 billion (US$7.2 billion) project aimed at turning the international hub into one of Europe's largest.

The terminal, designed by architect Richard Rogers, took six years to complete and doubles the size of Barajas International Airport.

"Today we inaugurate a great civil project," Zapatero said. "It is a lot more than a terminal. ... We open a bridge to America."

Authorities decided Madrid's airport needed the new terminal to deal with escalating traffic; since 1999, the number of passengers went from 17 million yearly to 41.5 million.

The new terminal, served by two new runways, includes 65 aircraft stands and is expected to handle up to 89,400 travelers a day, raising Barajas' capacity to 70 million passengers a year.

With the added capacity, Barajas airport is set to become the 10th largest in the world, Zapatero said.

The first passengers scheduled to arrive at the terminal were aboard Iberia airlines flights from Lagos, Nigeria, and Cairo, Egypt, both landing at 5:20 a.m. (0420GMT) Sunday.

They will enter one of two large buildings -- covering 500,000 sq. meters (5.3 million sq. feet) -- that make up the new terminal, the roof of which resembles the outstretched wings of a bird.

One of the buildings is nearly a mile (1.6 kilometers) long, connected by underground tunnels with a driverless train that covers the 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) separating them in four minutes.

"Cutting-edge design and the use of state-of-the-art technologies renders it the major civil airport construction project in Europe in recent years, making Madrid the gateway to Latin America," said Aena, Spain's airport and air navigation authority responsible for running the airport, on its Web site.

With the new terminal, Barajas will be able to manage 120 takeoffs and landings per hour, compared to 78 currently.

That should significantly boost business at the airport, Zapatero said. Barajas employs more than 35,000 people and generates 9 percent of Madrid's economy -- figures that could be doubled in 10 years, he said.
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Old February 6th, 2006, 02:03 AM   #151
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^ Why do you say that it doesn't reach Madrid?

The terminal opens today.
I think because the metro only arrives to the old terminals!
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Old February 6th, 2006, 02:06 AM   #152
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Design is always subjective.. I like the design of the roof and the use of material, however, I'm not so sure that I like the terminal as a whole.

Still, it's one of the most impressive in the world IMO
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Old February 6th, 2006, 06:46 AM   #153
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Madrid airport opens new terminal
February 6 2006

MADRID, Sun: Madrid’s Barajas International Airport yesterday inaugurated a new sleek, though hard-to-reach, terminal that will double its capacity to 70 million passengers to compete with other European hubs.

Terminal four’s additional capacity makes Barajas “the number two European airport after London-Heathrow” and 10th largest in the world, said Madrid’s mayor, Alberto Ruiz Gallardon, during an inauguration ceremony.

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriquez Zapatero hailed the project, which began 10 years ago and cost US$7.5 billion (US$1 = RM3.75), as a “new motor” to drive the Spanish economy.

Barajas, which handles about 25 per cent of the direct flights between Europe and Latin America, was at a saturation point as Spain has become the second most popular tourist destination after France.

But access to the new futuristic-looking terminal will be somewhat difficult as it is around two kilometres (one mile) from the current terminals, where the subway line from the city currently ends.

Regional officials have finally agreed to finance the extension of the subway line, and shuttle busses are currently in place to ferry passengers to terminal four.

The new terminal will be dominated by the Spanish national carrier Iberia and its partners in the Oneworld alliance, British Airways and American Airlines. — AFP
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Old February 6th, 2006, 10:48 AM   #154
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This airport is art. Very nice indeed.
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Old February 6th, 2006, 12:00 PM   #155
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Certainly interesting. Some nice architecture, some not so nice. In places, the design & colours make it look a bit dated. On a whole though, the plusses outweight the negatives!
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Old February 6th, 2006, 12:18 PM   #156
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Quote:
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^ Why do you say that it doesn't reach Madrid?

The terminal opens today.
no link to other terminals, you have to walk or take a taxi/bus
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Old February 6th, 2006, 01:53 PM   #157
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Metro extension will be opened next year, in spring.



More detailed plane at: airport metro extension
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Old February 6th, 2006, 07:59 PM   #158
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es increible que siendo uno de los aeropuertos mas funcionales del mundo, y que en ciertos aspectos no tiene rival, solo se sepa ver que... los colores no gustan...


...Nada mas tiene importancia, solo importan los colores, bravo XD
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Old February 6th, 2006, 08:08 PM   #159
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es increible que siendo uno de los aeropuertos mas funcionales del mundo, y que en ciertos aspectos no tiene rival, solo se sepa ver que... los colores no gustan...


...Nada mas tiene importancia, solo importan los colores, bravo XD
Tambien tengo que decir que esa estetica le pegaba mas a barcelona, pero bueno XD
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Old February 6th, 2006, 08:23 PM   #160
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Is somebody really talking seriously about the colours? Is that the only serious commentary about this airport that somebody has to do about this building? Nothing about the light, about the bamboo wood, about the functional distribuition of the space? Come on, some people are bliend here if they only take into account the detail of the colours, or they know nothing about architecture.

I prefer to take into account the rest of the posts, it´s better, at least they say something interesting.
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