Emptyarm From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 169 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2425 times:
From next Wednesday, Spanair will move all their MAD-BCN flights to T-2, leaving T-3 totally abandoned, as no other airline will be operating there. With only 12 check-in counters and boarding facilities intended for regional aircraft, is there any chance of seeing any move there in the short future?
Lately, Air Europa has been operating their military charters from there (ground floor check-in facility) as well as Swiftair and Privilege/Gadair/Hola Airlines have done some football charters, but given the economic environment, the airport management shouldn't allow a whole terminal is abandoned (of course it's not the best facility as it was intended for IB regional flights)...My guess is that after some renovation on boarding area, it could be used by Ryanair. Any thoughts?
Australis From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2386 times:
Just wondering, if there is any chance that T1/T2/T3 will get remodelled or renovated anytime soon?? Considering they got a nice beautiful and high tech facility in T-4, they might try to freshness up the rest of the terminals.
Emptyarm From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2365 times:
Well, T-2 check-in area was renovated in 2007 and the result is quite good. They tried to renovate T-1, but the result is crappy, no improvement at all, just new signage and new ceiling. Still baggage sorting system is awful, there's no space for big widebodies (only 8 gates can be used by aircraft bigger than B767, this means the widely used A330, A340 and B777), so many of them need to be handled in remote stands and non-Schengen inbound connections are really unconvenient...
IMHO AENA needs to change their mind and think about the foreign airlines, the 4th European airport (and quite close to FRA in passenger numbers) should make things easier for both passengers and airlines.
MIgAiR54 From Spain, joined Jun 2007, 1772 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2021 times:
IMO this is a perfect opportunity for AENA to make a big change in this T-3, They could remake completely, T-1 is awful if you have ever used T-4.
IMO the T-3 should be an extension of T-2 to allow a possible expansion for UX or new airlines and maybe build a new T-1S for widebodies because T-1 is small and Emptyarm is absolutely right about the situation of this terminal.
I don´t know what is going to happen if Air Comet finally get the A380, Past wednesday I arrived from DUB with Air lingus and we use T-1 and the platform is full of planes parked in remote positions. Usually when I arrived from Cuba we always use remote positions and that´s not nice nor comfortable in an airport like MAD.
R2rho From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2685 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1915 times:
The problem with T-1 and T-2 is that they are old buildings from another era of aviation, and there is only so much you can achieve through renovation, and that limit has already been reached. Some day I think we will see these terminals close and be substituted by a new satellite(s). But there is no hurry as MAD is running below capacity and there are other priorities.
P.S. The title of the thread is misleading. The debate is about T-3 becoming empty, not about JK's operations.