SPANISH Prime Minister José María Aznar officially opened the latest addition to the Madrid Metro network on May 21, the 5·9 km extension of Line 8 from Mar de Cristal to Nuevos Ministerios. Serving one intermediate station at Colombia, the new line enables passengers to reach Barajas Airport in 12min from the city centre.
Nuevos Minsterios now has a 2000m2 in-town check-in facility for airline passengers, equipped with 34 desks and managed by airport authority AENA. Luggage can be checked in up to 2h before flight departure, and moves in secure containers loaded on board Series 8000 trainsets. Extending Line 8 and providing the new facilities at Nuevos Ministerios has cost €236·8m.