What airport is the worst for connections? Chicago? Dallas? They say that even on your way to heaven, you have to connect through ATL. I’d like to add Madrid to the list. After my Iberia Business Class flight from San Juan, I was looking forward to a few hours at the Iberia Velázquez Premium Lounge in the Terminal 4 Satellite building before my flight to Tel Aviv. But first, I would have to get there. I went through immigration quickly and took a train to the terminal where I went to the Iberia connection counter. After receiving my ticket, I had to take another train to the Satellite building and go through security screening. From there, I had to wait in a line that barely moved before finally arriving at the lounge.
While I had more than enough time to spend in the lounge and make my connection, I write this post to advise those that have a narrower window (see Points or Cash? Business or Coach? My Flight from Madrid to Tel Aviv). It does take quite a bit of time to navigate Madrid’s airport, and if you’re cutting it close, you may find yourself unnecessarily stressed like many of the passengers I encountered.