Oneworld Member Airlines at Madrid to Move Into New, US $7.4 Billion World-Class Terminal 4 on Sunday, Feb. 5, Improving Transfers and Service

MADRID, Spain, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ — All oneworld(SM) member airlines serving Madrid will move into the airport’s new, US $7.4 billion (EUR 6 billion) Terminal 4 on Sunday, Feb. 5, in what will be the alliance’s biggest and most significant co-location move yet.

Madrid is home base of oneworld member Iberia and the alliance’s main gateway between Europe and Latin America. Five of the alliance’s other partners also fly there — American Airlines, British Airways, LAN, Finnair and Aer Lingus — along with members-elect Malev and Royal Jordanian.

Currently, these airlines operate from two different terminals at the city’s Barajas Airport. Between them, they carried nearly 25 million passengers to and from Madrid last year — seven in every 10 of the airport’s passengers. They will account for 90 percent of the new terminal’s passengers, with the rest flying on a number of unaligned carriers.

oneworld member airlines currently operate a total of 650 arriving and departing flights a day at Madrid, connecting the airport with more than 100 destinations in 42 countries worldwide.

Their move into the state-of-the-art Terminal 4 will improve the airport experience for all oneworld passengers travelling to or from the Spanish capital, with the smoothest of transfers for those connecting between alliance member airlines’ flights, at what will be one of the world’s most modern, passenger-friendly and efficient airport facilities.

“oneworld prides itself on the quality of its member airlines,” said oneworld Managing Partner John McCulloch. “Madrid’s magnificent Terminal 4 provides us with ground facilities to match at the alliance’s main gateway between Europe and Latin America — a world-class building which will transform the airport experience for passengers travelling with our airlines to and from the Spanish capital.”

After the last of their flights have departed on Saturday, Feb. 4, oneworld airlines will transfer to the new facility overnight, ready to start service there first thing on the morning of Feb. 5. Member-elect Malev will move across to join them in late March.

Terminal 4 comprises two buildings — the main terminal and its satellite to the south — located on opposite sides of one the airport’s four runways. The two facilities are connected by an underground high-speed people mover, departing every three minutes (two minutes at peak times) and taking less than four minutes to complete the journey.

Most domestic and European country flights will operate from the main terminal building, while longhaul services and some European flights will depart from the Terminal 4 Satellite (T4S).

Iberia services will depart from either the main Terminal 4 or from T4S, depending on their destination. All flights by Aer Lingus and Finnair will operate from the main Terminal 4. All services by American Airlines, British Airways, LAN, Malev and Royal Jordanian will operate from the satellite.

All check-in and baggage collection, together with security, will be in the main terminal building, even for flights operating to or from the satellite. Passport control will be in T4S.

Passengers flying with American Airlines, British Airways or LAN will check-in at counters in the northern zone of the main terminal. Those flying with any of the other oneworld carriers will be able to check in at the Iberia counters in the main body of the terminal.

Minimum check-in times will vary by airline. Passengers flying on Iberia will need to check-in at least 45 minutes before departure for flights from the main terminal, and 55 minutes before departure for those from the satellite. Minimum check-in time for Iberia’s Barcelona shuttle will be 20 minutes. British Airways will apply the same limit for those with check-in baggage, but 10 minutes less for those with carry-on baggage only. Minimum check-in time for American Airlines will be 60 minutes.

Minimum connecting times for flights within the terminal — which means transfers between all oneworld flights — will be similar to today, but smoother for passengers as no transfers will be required between separate terminals.

Iberia will open three new lounges at the terminal for premium passengers, as well as Emerald or Sapphire tier cardholders in any oneworld member airline’s frequent flyer program. Each lounge is named after a famous Spanish artist:

* Sala Dali, in the main terminal, will be for travellers on Schengen and
domestic flights, including Iberia’s Barcelona shuttle. Covering
1,857 square meters, it will have a capacity for 370 people.
* Sala Goya, in the satellite terminal, will be for passengers travelling
on European flights. With capacity for 100 people, it will cover
567 square meters.
* Sala Velazquez, also in the satellite terminal, will be the biggest
lounge, covering 2,150 square meters. With capacity for 360
passengers, it will be for travellers on flights to points outside the
Shengen agreement area.

The lounges will offer bars, high-speed Wi-Fi Internet connections, showers, business centers, rooms for meetings and relaxation, telephones and televisions.


* Terminal 4 (T4) and its satellite (T4S) will almost double the capacity
of Madrid Barajas, adding capacity for 35 million passengers a year.

* The buildings were designed by world-renowned architects Richard
Rodgers Partnership, in association with the Spanish architect
Antonio Lamela.

* The departure hall in the main terminal will be equipped with 172
check-in desks, including two for special luggage, along with a number
of shared self-service kiosks.

* With a floor surface of 470,000 square meters, the main terminal is
1.13 kilometers long. It has 38 gates and capacity for 20 million
passengers a year.

* To help passengers reach the correct gates, the gates are all color
coded — deep blue in the north of the building, changing gradually to
deep red, through the full color of the rainbow, as you get to the far
south. Signs will prominently display walking times to gates
throughout the terminal and satellite.

* The satellite terminal, T4S, is 930 meters long, with a floor space of
287,000 square meters and capacity for 15 million passengers a year.
It has 26 gates, 16 of them providing double piers.

* The automated people mover (APM) connecting the two buildings covers a
distance of 2.1 kilometers. It has capacity for 13,000 passengers an

* Among the new facility’s many innovations is its new automated baggage
system, with capacity for 16,500 items an hour. Its track will cover a
network extending more than 90 kilometers.

* Outside, the road approaches to the main terminal building will provide
12 lanes — six each for departures and arrivals. In each case, three
lanes will be dedicated to taxis, two to buses and one for private
vehicles. Its garage will have space for 9,000 cars.

* The Madrid Metro is currently being extended to the new terminal, which
will have its own station, due to open during the second half of this
year. Until then, passengers using the Metro will need to connect by
bus at the existing terminals.

* With two new runways also opening at Madrid Barajas at the same time as
Terminal 4, the airport will be able to increase its aircraft movements
from 78 to 120 an hour and almost double its passenger capacity, to
70 million passengers a year.


oneworld brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business — American Airlines, British Airways, Qantas, Iberia, Cathay Pacific, LAN, Finnair and Aer Lingus, plus their 12 affiliates.

Three more airlines are lining up to join — Royal Jordanian, which will come on board at the turn of 2006/2007; Malev, which has been elected on board effective early 2007; and Japan Airlines, which is seeking membership.

oneworld enables its members to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. These include a broader route network, opportunities to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles and points across the whole alliance network, and access to more airport lounges.

Together, its existing airlines:

* Carried more than 240 million passengers last year.

* Provide top frequent flyers and premium passengers with some
400 airport lounges worldwide.

* Operate more than 8,000 departures a day on a fleet of some
2,000 aircraft.

* Earned more than $60 billion in revenues in their last full financial
years, with oneworld activities generating one in every $30 earned by
its member airlines from passenger services.

oneworld offers more alliance fare and sales products than any of its competitors, earning almost $600 million for its member airlines last year, with all passengers transferring between oneworld members generating revenues totalling $1.6 billion in the year.

It is the only global alliance to enable customers to transfer between flights by all of its member airlines using electronic tickets.

oneworld has won more top international awards for airline alliances than both its competitors combined. It was voted the World’s Leading Airline Alliance for the third year running in the 2005 World Travel Awards, which are based on votes cast by travel professionals from more than 200 countries, and was selected the World’s Best Airline Alliance by readers of Business Traveller magazine for the second year running in its 2005 poll.

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