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

    New record for El Prat Airport: Over 44 million passengers in 2016

    The number of passengers whom passed through Barcelona El Prat Airport in 2016 grew by 11.2% in comparison to the previous year and set a record 44.1 million passengers. According to the Spanish Airport Authority (AENA) there were 307,864 operations registered in 2016, 6.6% more than in 2015 and both national (+11.4%) and international flights (+11.2%) grew in comparison to 2015. Cargo transportations also grew in 2016, increasing by 13.3% and totalling 135,754 tonnes. The busiest month was August, when 4.7 million passengers passed through El Prat Airport while February registered the highest growth; 2.7 million passengers used El Prat airport facilities that month, representing a 20.4% increase in comparison to the same month in 2015.

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

11.01.17 - 18:40

New record for El Prat Airport: Over 44 million passengers in 2016

The number of passengers whom passed through Barcelona El Prat Airport in 2016 grew by 11.2% in comparison to the previous year and set a record 44.1 million passengers. According to the Spanish Airport Authority (AENA) there were 307,864...

Catalan Vice President and Minister for Economy, Oriol Junqueras, presenting the Budget for 2017 to the Parliament (by ACN)

20.12.16 - 18:49

Budget for 2017 passes first hurdle but gets little support from CUP

The support of 2 MPs from radical left pro-independence CUP, the main partner of governing cross party 'Junts Pel Sï', allowed the budget for 2017 to overcome the appeals presented by the oppoistion groups in the...

Job Centre in Barcelona (by ACN)

02.12.16 - 18:47

Unemployment in Catalonia rises by 4,573 people in November

Unemployment in Catalonia increased by 4,573 people in November and reached 462,969 individuals registered on the lists of the Catalan Public Employment Service (SOC). According to the data released by the Spanish Employment Ministry and Social...

Norwegian airplane at Lleida-Alguaire airport, western Catalonia (by ACN).

28.11.16 - 18:26

Norwegian Airlines to double its workforce at Barcelona Airport to 755 employees in 2017

Norwegian Airlines will double its workforce at Barcelona Airport, from the current 354 people to 755 in August 2017. The announcement was made this Monday by the Vice President of Human Resources of the company, Jan Dahm-Simonsen, during the...

Aerial shot of Valls' industrial park 'Palau del Reig', 15 kilometres north of Tarragona (by ACN)

04.01.17 - 18:32

IKEA to build new distribution centre for online purchases in Catalonia

Swedish multinational company IKEA will set up its distribution centre for online purchases in Valls, 15 kilometres north of Tarragona. The centre will not only supply the whole of the Spanish State but also Portugal and the South of France....

IMF's director, Christine Lagarde (by ACN)

13.12.16 - 18:40

IMF urges Spain to provide Autonomous Communities with “greater power to mobilise their own revenues”

Autonomous Communities in Spain should have “greater power to mobilise their own revenues”. This is one of the main pieces of advice the International Monetary Fund (IMF) gives in its monitoring report of the Spanish economy. The...

The Catalan Vice President and Minister for Economy and Tax Office, Oriol Junqueras, at the Council on Fiscal and Financial Policies (by ACN)

02.12.16 - 12:46

Catalonia rejects new deficit targets set by Spain

The Catalan Vice President and Minister for Economy and Tax Office, Oriol Junqueras, voted against the new regional deficit target of 0.6% of GDP agreed between the Conservative People’s Party (PP) and the Spanish Socialists (PSOE)....

Catalan Minister for Territory and Sustainability, Josep Rull, at Cuba's Chamber of Commerce (by ACN)

25.11.16 - 14:38

Catalonia and Cuba sign agreement to boost trade relations

Catalan exports to Cuba grew by 50% in 2015, reaching €294 million. With this in mind, the Catalan Minister for Business and Knowledge, Jordi Baiget, and the director of the centre for the promotion of foreign trade ProCuba, Roberto...

Image of a job centre in Catalonia (by ACN)

04.01.17 - 13:44

Unemployment falls by 62,023 in 2016, biggest decline since 2008

The number of people registered on the unemployment lists in Catalonia at the end of 2016 stood at 453,645, some 62,023 fewer than at the same time in 2015, according to the Spanish Ministry of Employment and Social Security.This is the best...

Image of a petrol station (by ACN)

13.12.16 - 14:31

Prices rose by 0.3% in November, annual inflation 1%

The winter season in the clothing and footwear industry, as well as an increase in the price of electricity, led to a 0.3% increase in the price index during November in comparison to the previous month and brought the annual inflation rate...

Cranes working at Port de Barcelona (by ACN)

30.11.16 - 19:51

Catalonia, the third most important destination for British investment in Spain

There has been a recent turn in British investment in Catalonia. While Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from the United Kingdom in the region was on a downward trend between 2013 and last June, the situation has reversed and...

The Catalan Minister for Business and Knowledge, Jordi Baiget, assessing the deal with Korean Air (by ACN)

23.11.16 - 18:42

Korean Air announces three weekly direct flights between Barcelona and Seoul from next April

Barcelona and Seoul will be connected through three direct flights per week from the 28th of April 2017. The Catalan Minister for Business and Knowledge, Jordi Baiget, announced this Wednesday that next year Korean Air, the largest airline in...

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