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Heaviest Snowfall in 50 Years Closes Madrid's Airport

14 January 2021.

Spain is usually associated with warmth and plenty of sunshine, particularly in summer but now and again, winter weather can be less predictable. Over the past few days, Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD), serving the country’s capital city, has been struggling to reopen after the worst snowstorm in five decades brought a rare closure of airport activities.

(Image - Madrid Metropolitan News)

The airport is operated by AENA, the Spanish national airport company and with traffic already severely curtailed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, MAD nonetheless had the highest number of passengers across AENA’s network in 2020 with 17,112,389 travellers. The figure represents a 72.3% decrease over 2019. In terms of the number of operations, aircraft movements in 2020 totalled 165,740, down by 61.1 over the previous year.