• Airbus A380 about to take off at Barcelona's El Prat airport (by ACN)

    Is Barcelona airport prepared to become an international hub?

    Barcelona’s El Prat Airport registered 32.2 million international passengers last year, more than huge airports like JFK in New York or Narita in Tokyo. Barcelona has the 17th most transited airport in the world, according to the Airports Council International (ACI). There was an 11% growth in passengers traveling outside Spain from Barcelona over last year. Madrid-Barajas is still the main Spanish airport, with 36.1 million passengers, but El Prat is growing much faster. Those good results last year are not enough. Barcelona is looking to take a huge intercontinental leap forward in 2017. After hitting a record in 2016, the facility is now ranked seventh among European airports. The launch of the new long-haul operating hubs of Norwegian and Level are bringing it closer to becoming an international hub for a combination of European low-cost airlines and foreign companies.

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Airbus A380 about to take off at Barcelona's El Prat airport (by ACN)

26.05.17 - 12:44

Is Barcelona airport prepared to become an international hub?

Barcelona’s El Prat Airport registered 32.2 million international passengers last year, more than huge airports like JFK in New York or Narita in Tokyo. Barcelona has the 17th most transited airport in the world, according to the Airports...
The Automobile Barcelona closed with record figures (by Julia Perez)

23.05.17 - 15:36

The Automobile Barcelona exceeds 755,000 visitors

The 39th edition of the Automobile Barcelona show closed its doors with a record figure of more than 755,000 visitors, about 5,000 more than in the past edition in 2015. Sales agreements increased 15% compared to the last edition, reaching almost...
Image of AP7 and A2, two of the main motorways in Catalonia, both managed by Abertis (by ACN)

15.05.17 - 12:01

Italian Atlantia launches €16.3bn bid to buy Abertis

Atlantia announced its decision on Monday to launch a tender offer on the entire share capital of Catalan company Abertis. A deal between both companies would create the largest toll road operator in Europe and one of the leading ones...

The Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, during the Business Forum in Girona (by Xavier Pi)

05.05.17 - 19:32

Catalan president encourages businesses to get on board with independence

Catalonia’s president, Carles Puigdemont, encouraged the business sector on Wednesday to break “the status quo” in Spain in order to “survive”. In a speech in a business forum in Girona, he argued that the only alternative to...
Freight traffic at Barcelona's Port (by ACN)

25.05.17 - 10:47

Catalan exports grow by 13.6% in the first quarter and set new record

Catalan exports reached €17.6 billion during the first quarter of 2017, a 13.6% increase in comparison to the same period last year. The figures, published by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, are the best in the entire...
Queues at Barcelona airport's passport control (by Gemma Sánchez)

16.05.17 - 23:22

Catalan mobilization against Spain’s failure to solve chaos at Barcelona airport’s passport control

The Catalan Government has announced an “urgent meeting with all responsible parts involved” in order to address the collapse at the Barcelona airport’s passport control over the past 15 days. Government’s spokesperson Neus Munté...
The CEO of Parlem, Ernest Pérez-Mas (by ACN)

12.05.17 - 18:39

Catalan telecommunications operator ‘Parlem’ doubles annual turnover to 1.3 million euros

The Catalan telecommunications operator ‘Parlem’ closed fiscal year 2016 with 1.3 millions euros in profit, doubling its 2015 turnover of 641,000 euros, it said Thursday in a press release. Enrique Pérez-Mas, president and shareholder of...
The first plane connecting Shanghai and Barcelona landed at El Prat airport on Friday at 08:05 am (by Josep Maria Torné)

05.05.17 - 14:43

First direct flight from Shanghai lands in Barcelona

The first plane connecting Shanghai and Barcelona landed at El Prat airport on Friday at 08:05am. The route, operated by Air China, is offered all year round, three days a week: Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. The plane, an Airbus 330-200, has...
Paul Cartuyvels, Director for European Affairs of Bouygues

23.05.17 - 16:08

Bouygues: Catalan independence “won't be a problem” for investing

The independence process “won't be a problem” for investing in Catalonia, said Paul Cartuyvels, Director for European Affairs of the French multinational Bouygues, a company with more than 125,000 employees and delegations in 19 countries....
Amazons' logistics centre at Castellbisbal, 30 kilometres from Barcelona (by ACN)

15.05.17 - 19:16

Alibaba may install its Southern Europe hub in Catalonia

Catalonia may host the logistics hub for Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba for Southern Europe. According to Catalan Minister for Business Knowledge, Jordi Biaget, “no decision has been made yet” but the...

Visitor at 'Automobile Barcelona' testing the connectivity of a Tesla's prototype (by ACN)

11.05.17 - 13:26

New ‘Automobile Barcelona’ fair kicks off, focused on innovation

Barcelona’s car show, which has brought the main novelties of the automotive sector to the Catalan capital for nearly a century, has reinvented itself. The new ‘Automobile Barcelona’ fair opened its doors this Thursday focused...

Euro notes (by ACN)

04.05.17 - 13:40

Catalan GDP grows 0.7% in the first quarter of 2017

The Catalan economy is getting stronger, according to the latest growth figures published on Thursday by the Catalan Ministry of Economy and the Office of Statistics (IDESCAT). Catalan GDP grew 0.7% between January and March, a 0.2% increase in...
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