Aena is the Spanish state owned company that owns and manages all Spanish airports. Aena is also responsible for Air Traffic Control throughout Spain. AENA means Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea, literally Spanish Airports and Air Navigation.
Currently Aena is undergoing a major airport expansion program. A €6.2 billion expansion of Madrid Barajas International Airport was inaugurated in 2006. Major expansion at Barcelona International Airport,Alicante Airport and Málaga Airport will be finished by 2008. Other airports on the network will be expanded to accommodate the increasing air traffic demand.
Aena is the biggest airport operator in the world, with participation in airports in Mexico, the USA, Cuba, Colombia, Bolivia, Sweden and the UK.
Aena's proprietary Air Traffic Control system is called SACTA.
In 2006, 193 million passengers used the AENA airports in Spain.
Aena airports feature modern building facades and a standardized set of signs which are used in all of its airports.
The most important Aena airports in Spain, with 2007 traffic figures:
- Madrid Barajas International Airport (52.143.275 passengers)
- Barcelona International Airport (32.800.570 passengers)
- Son Sant Joan Airport Majorca (23.227.983 passengers)
- Málaga Airport (13.590.537 passengers)
- Gran Canaria International Airport (10.354.858 passengers)
- Alicante Airport (9.120.819 passengers)
- Glasgow International Airport (9.022,940 passengers)*
- Tenerife South Airport (Reina Sofía) (8.639.341 passengers)
- Valencia Airport (5.929.916 passengers)
- Arrecife Airport Lanzarote (5.625.580 passengers)
- Aeropuerto de Girona-Costa Brava (4.848.619 passengers)
- Aeropuerto de Ibiza (4.765.121 passengers)
- Fuerteventura Airport (4.630.056 passengers)
- Aeropuerto de Sevilla (4.507.142 passengers)
- Aeropuerto de Bilbao (4.277.610 passengers)
- Tenerife North Airport (Los Rodeos)(4.125.034 passengers)
- Aeropuerto de Menorca (2.776.610 passengers)
- Aeropuerto de Santiago de Compostela (2.050.121 passengers)
- Aeropuerto de Murcia-San Javier (1.995.162 passengers)
- Aeropuerto de Jerez de la Frontera (1.607.834 passengers)
- Aeropuerto de Asturias (1.560.830 passengers)
- Glasgow International Airport is currently owned by the British Airport Authority (BAA).