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Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport

Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport

  • AERTEC Design Solutions

  • Fire and Smoke modelling, Evacuation analysis, Performance Based Design Solutions

  • 2015

  • Madrid (Spain)

Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport is the main international airport serving Madrid in Spain.

In 2014, over 41 million passengers used Madrid–Barajas, making it the country’s largest and busiest airport, and Europe’s sixth busiest. It opened in 1928, and has grown to be one of the most important aviation hubs of Europe. Located within the city limits of Madrid, it is just 9 km from the city’s financial district and 13 km northeast of the Puerta del Sol, Madrid’s historic center.

The airport name derives from the adjacent district of Barajas, which has its own metro station on the same rail line serving the airport. Barajas serves as the gateway to the Iberian peninsula from the rest of Europe and the world, and is a particularly key link between Europe and Latin America. The airport is the primary hub and maintenance base for Iberia airline.

We were contracted to do a performance based study for the airport. We evaluated the fire safety level for all public areas for the entire airport, for areas that were considered being in need of improvement we developed mitigation measures to be incorporated into the specific areas.

The project approach required a high number of advanced simulations (smoke movement and evacuation modeling) and a very close collaboration with airport management.

The project has been very demanding due to sheer size of the airport and the proposed project timeline but our delivery was on time and in accordance with our agreed scope. We consider it to be a success project due to the close collaboration with the client during the project and our capability to simultaneously perform advanced modeling and fire safety analysis for different areas of the airport.