The airline Spanair will operate the first flight out of the new Barcelona terminal, T-1, at 6am on June 17th with a plane taking off and heading for Madrid (article in Castilian, El Periodico). On the same day, an estimated 30,000 travellers taking flights with the other 18 companies belonging to the Star Alliance will pass through the new wing of the airport. However, the terminal will not run at full capacity until September; in the meantime, operations will be gradually transferred from the existing terminals until 80 percent of the airport's flights are using the T-1.
A 30-year-old man died in Girona this morning during celebrations for the victory of FC Barcelona in the final of the Copa del Rei (see below; article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). The police are treating the death as an accident following reports that he fell five metres from the Pedra Bridge into the river Onyar; although he was pulled out and taken to hospital, he died there later. In Barcelona, 45 people were arrested while around 100 suffered light injuries as a result of confrontations between police and certain participants in the festivities taking place in the Rambla following Barça's win. An estimated 40,000 people gathered at the top of the Rambla and while the celebrations were relatively peaceful at the start, around 2am, some of those present began to throw bottles, cans and other items at the police line that had been set up on Calle Pelayo.
The Spanish economy contracted by almost three percent in the first quarter of this year, the worst figure since statistics began in 1970 (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). According to the National Institute of Statistic, the reason for this is the significant fall in consumer demand in recent months; it is the second consecutive quarterly contraction in Spain.
FC Barcelona-watch: Despite going behind after just nine minutes of play, Barcelona kept fighting and equalised before half-time, and went on to score three goals in the second half to give them victory and the Copa del Rei.
Match reports: La Vanguardia, El Periodico, Avui