Spanish prime minister Jos Luis Rodriguez Zapatero inaugurated Madrid-Barajas Airports new fourth terminal on 4 February, describing the enlarged airport as a gateway to every continent. The super-modern terminal, designed by British architect Richard Rogers and Carlos Lamela from Spain, has taken ten years to complete and will allow Barajas to handle 70 million passengers annually, as compared to 41 million in 2005. However, the terminals first days have been plagued by confusion, missed flights and passengers demanding compensation. Poor connections between the old terminals and the new one have been largely to blame. The project, which cost 6.2 billion, will make Madrid-Barajas the tenth busiest airport in the world.
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