All the airlines in the oneworld alliance will move to the new Terminal 1 at Barcelona International Airport (BCN) on September 9.
Whenever possible, oneworld concentrates together in one terminal the operations of its member airlines at airports, according to Finnair. The other two major global airline alliances, Star Alliance and SkyTeam, do the same at as many airports as possible.
Spain’s largest airline, Iberia, is a core member of oneworld. As a result the alliance’s presence is very strong at BCN, the airport serving Spain’s second-largest city, which is the center of Catalonian culture and identity.
The new terminal at BCN ― known locally as El Prat, which is the name of the town next to which the airport is sited ― is equipped with 696 solar panels and automatic light regulation to address environmental concerns. The terminal has 101 boarding gates; 43 air bridges; 73 shops; 43 bars and restaurants; 166 check-in desks; and more than 11,000 car parking spaces.
Finnair’s Plus Platinum, Gold and Silver members as well as Business Class passengers are able to use the Pau Casals Lounge.
BCN’s Terminal 1 is located 10 kilometres southwest from the city centre and 3 km from Terminal A, where Finnair and soem other oneworld airlines have been operating. A terminal bus runs between the two terminals. Finnair has a ticket office and check-in situated on the right-hand side of Terminal 1.
In 2008 the airport served 30.2 million passengers. With the opening of T1 its annual capacity will increase to 55 million passengers.