By: Tahmina Chowdhury

Flying to Madrid, Spain

Madrid is the capital city of Spain. With a population of approximately 6.2 million people, it is also the 3rd largest city in the European Union. Located in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula, the city is the nation’s seat of government and residence of the Spanish monarch.

Madrid offers a vibrant nightlife, with many bars, lounges, theaters, live music venues, clubs and eateries open late into the night, seven days a week. Due to its Mediterranean climate, the best times to visit are generally autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May). The city is surrounded by mountains and natural parks, and has the highest number of trees per resident among cities in Europe. Buen Retiro Park is the largest and most popular park in Madrid. Visitors can also enjoy the stunning Royal Botanical Garden.

Even though contemporary Madrid displays a modern infrastructure, a strong sense of history and local culture has been maintained through the preservation of its neighborhoods and arts. The old town and the districts of Centro, Salamanca, Chamberi, Retiro, and Arganzuela are Madrid's main tourist areas. The city is home to many renowned museums and art galleries. Madrid’s historic landmarks include The Royal Theatre, The Royal Palace of Madrid, the National Library building, Cathedral of the Almudena and the church of San Francisco el Grande. Cibeles Palace and Fountain is one of the city’s most iconic monuments.

Flying to Madrid

Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (IATA: MAD, ICAO: LEMD), also known as Madrid–Barajas Airport, is the primary international airport serving Madrid. It is one of the largest airports in Europe, and the busiest airport in Spain, having served over 47 million passengers in 2015. The airport consists of 5 passenger terminals and is situated just 9km away from the city's financial district, and 13km northeast of its historic center.

Landing permits are not necessary for private flights, but are mandatory for charter flights.  Requirements for the permit will be advised once an official request has been submitted. Landing permits are issued by the Spanish Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA), also known as the Agencia Estatal de Seguridad Aérea (AESA). Lead time is generally a minimum of 72 hours, provided all documents and information are submitted correctly. Any visas required for passengers and crew must be arranged prior to arrival in Spain.

Madrid–Barajas Airport serves as an Airport of Entry (AOE), 24 hours a day. Airport slots and PPR are required for General Aviation (GA) flights. An aircraft parking permit is needed, however there are no restrictions on long-term parking. The approximate lead time required for arranging slots, PPR and permits is a minimum of 3 hours. It is recommended to arrange these at the earliest available opportunity. LEMD offers VIP and crew lounges. The airport is fully equipped to handle all types of aircraft.

Save on VAT with Jetex

VAT is applicable on fuel in Spain, whether the flight is private or domestic. If the flight is commercial or international, VAT is not applied on fuel unless purchased through an international reseller. Since Jetex is a VAT registered company in Spain, VAT exemption can be availed. Take advantage of this by enrolling in the Jetex VAT exemption program today.

Jetex promises our clients a premium travel experience. We offer a full range of services throughout Spain, including trip planning, permits, ground handling, fuel and bespoke concierge services. Our dedicated staff is available around the clock to handle all enquiries. Please feel free to contact our operations centers at any time:

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