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Check in at the airport

The process of check in indicates to the airline that passengers have made the last step for their flight. Usually, is made in person in the airport but many companies recommend to do the online check-in in advance to avoid queues at the airport.

The passenger should be at the check-in counter at least with :
For No Schengen flights: 3 hours prior the departure scheduled time.
For Schengen and domestic flights: 2 hours prior the departure scheduled time.
Note that there might be many people at peak travel periods or special event dates.

Check-in and boarding procedures for departing passengers (check-in, boarding)

Keep an eye on the information panels, as there may exceptionally occur last-minute changes. Barcelona El Prat is a Silent Airport, the number of announcements via PA are reduced. No boarding or last calls announcements, except for emergency situations.


If the passenger have baggage to be checked in, at the desk is collected, weighed and labeled. After completing the process, the passenger is given a document which have the flight details, it is the Boarding Pass: passenger details, flight departure time, terminal of departure, gate area or departure gate printed on it. Sometimes all the details are not known, and passengers must verify them with the information panels.

If the passenger is travelling with hand luggage only and already has his or her boarding pass, he or she can go to the security checkpoints before the boarding gate.

Please, make sure that you carry on all of your belongings with you before leave the check-in counter: personal documents, boarding pass and your ID or passport.

Check-in online

To avoid queues at the airport airlines let you do the check-in process several hours prior to the flight. Some of them have installed self-check-in machines in the airport in case you did not have enough time to do it. They work with the flight locator or the BCBP.

Auto ckeck-in machines in Barcelona airport terminal 1
Auto check-in machines in Barcelona airport terminal T1

Available 24-48 hours to 90 minutes before flight departure. This system confirms the assistance to the flight to the airline and, in most cases, the passenger can select the seat on the plane.

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If you think your bags will exceed the baggage allowance, some airlines let you pre-purchase additional baggage allowance while checking in online. The excess baggage rates are lower during this process than in the airport counters.

How does the check-in online?

Visit the website of your airline and identify yourself as a user, most of times it is enough with the flight locator and the surname of the passenger. Follow the instructions to print the boarding pass, or to receive the information on your mobile as a Bar Coded Boarding Pass -or BCBP. Use it to print the boarding pass in the self-check-in machines at the airport.

The mobile boarding pass

Mobile TEM sample

The Bar Coded Boarding Pass or mobile boarding pass is an image with a 2D code that contains all the essential data of the flight and the passenger, in a readable form for the self-check-in machines. It is given by the airline in the last step of the check-in online.

Security Control points

Pre-boarding security checkpoints verify that passengers are not carrying items not permitted in their hand luggage, and that they and their belongings are analysed by security personnel.

These checkpoints are composed of arch metal detectors for people and X-rays for luggage. All liquids carried in the passenger's hand luggage will be presented here for examination. If you have a laptop computer or other electronic device in your carry-on baggage, you must remove it from its bag to be examined separately. Passengers' coats and jackets will be checked as separate pieces of hand luggage.

At checkpoints for international flights, there are often unexpected queues and delays, so it is recommended that you arrive in time to ensure that you do not have any problems with the departure of your flight. Once you pass them, proceed to your gate area.

Do not be in a hurry to leave the checkpoint. It is important to verify that you collect the personal items that you deposited in the trays, for example: watch, mobile phone, handbag, laptop bag, belt, bag with the of liquid bottles and the rest of your hand baggage. Several passenger lost and found claims are for belongings left at these checkpoints.

Flight-cruise - Check in only once

If you are a flight passenger has booked a cruise departing from Port of Barcelona, or coming to Barcelona by boat for leaving Barcelona by plane, you can join the check in Seaport-Airport facilities offered by Barcelona airport to the cruise passengers during the summer season.

Terminal T1

- Airlines Terminal T1 -

Terminal T1 airlines: One World, Star Alliance, Sky Team and associated, in detail:

Aegean Airlines, Aeroflot, Air Algerie, Air Baltic, Air Canada, Air China, Air Europa, Air France, Air Nostrum, Alitalia (and its subsidiaries CAI First and CAI Second), American Airlines, Arkia Israel Airlines, *Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, *Ba Cityflyer, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Czech Airlines, Delta Airlines, EgyptAir, El Al, Emirates, *Estonian Airlines, Finnair, Iberia, *Israir, KLM, *LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Rossiya Rusian Airlines , Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Swiss International Airlines, TAP Portugal, Tarom,Tunisair, Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways y Vueling.

*When active and operating at the airport.

- Auto check-in machines -

The following airlines have auto checkin service: Aegean Airlines, air Europa, Air France-KLM, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Delta Airlines, Egyptair, Iberia, Lufthansa, Swiss Airlines, Turkish Airlines, US Airways and Vueling.
And placed in the terminal floors listed below:
Floor 3: Aegean Airlines, Air Europa, Air France y KLM, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Delta Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Egyptair and Iberia.
Floor 2: Check-in machines for transit passengers: Air France and KLM, Austrian Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Lufthansa.
Floor 1: Air France and KLM, Austrian Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Egyptair and Iberia.

- Check in counters: -

The 144 desks of this terminal are divided among level 3, level 1 and level 0. The counters are the serial numbers 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700 y 800.

Floor 0, counters 800, Tour operators and cruise passengers.

Floor 1, 8 check in counters from serial 900, counters from Barcelona-Madrid corridor , or Iberia air shuttle. Counters are at North dock in this floor.

Floor 3, at Departures hall, you can find serial counters 200, 300, 400, 500, 600 and 700.

- Boarding gates terminal T1 -

It is the door through which the passenger embarks on the plane. Normally it's printed in the boarding pass, but if is was unknow in that moment, at least shows the area or module in which it is located.

Terminal T1 has preferal access gates to boarding areas for a passengers with reduced mobility, prams and pushchairs.

The terminal T1 has the boarding areas A, B, C, D and E

Terminal T2


Terminal T2 building has three terminals connected together. Terminal T2A, terminal T2B and terminal T2C. Terminal T2A does not have check-in counters or Departures hall. It only has an Arrivals hall.

- Airlines terminal T2: -

Terminal T2B airlines:

Aer Lingus, Air Arabia Maroc, Air Moldova, Air Transat, Atlantic Airways, Azur Air, Belavia, Blue Air, Bulgaria Air, *Chalair Aviation, * Corendon Airlines,*Enter Air, *Evelop Air, Germanwings, *I-Fly, Icelandair, Jet2com, Jetairfly, Luxair, *Metrojet, Norwegian Air, *Orbest, *Orenair, *Pakistan International Airlines, *Pegasus Air, Primera Air, Ryanair, *SkyWork Airlines, *SmartWings, Transaero Airlines, Transavia com, Ural Airlines, UTair, Vim Airlines, Wizz Air and *WOW AIR.

*When active and operating at the airport.

Terminal T2C airlines: Easyjet & Easyjet Switzerland.

- Auto check-in machines: -

Norwegian Air Shuttle has two autocheckin machines in ground floor (P0) at terminal T2.

- Check in counters: -

Terminal T2B, floor 0, check in counters B1 to B43, B44 to B71, and B44 to B106.

Terminal T2C, floor 0, check in counters C21 a C33, and the special check in counter C20.

- Boarding gates terminal T2: -

It is the door through which the passenger embarks on the plane. Normally it's printed in the boarding pass, but if is was unknow in that moment, at least shows the area or module in which it is located.

Terminal T2 has preferal access gates to boarding areas for a passengers with reduced mobility, prams and pushchairs.

Terminal T2 level 0 has the boarding modules M (M01-M08), R (R15-R19), S(S26-S30), U (U37-U41), W(W48-W52) and Y(Y59-Y63).
Terminal T2 level 1 has the boarding modules R (R09-R14), S(S20-S25), U(U31-U36), W(W42-W47) and Y(Y53-Y58).

Further information

About the necessary travel documents and about the formalities at your arrival at the airport destination at

About the boarding area at

About the check-in process at