The Spanish Airport Vocabulary Guide You Need
Studying airport vocabulary is essential if you’re learning Spanish and planning a trip to a Spanish-speaking country.
This will not only help you move between airports at ease but also enhance your travel experience and allow better communication with airport personnel.
You might already know how to say airplane in Spanish, but we’ll provide much more in this comprehensive Spanish airport vocabulary guide.
You will learn the essential terms and phrases you need to know to prepare for common travel situations at the airport.
Airports are bustling places with their unique terminology and procedures.
By familiarizing yourself with these terms, you’ll hopefully be better prepared and more confident during your travels.
You will also be able to see and practice airport conversations and see how to ask for things at the airport.
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Spanish Airport Vocabulary – Basic Terms and Phrases
Airport terminology is easier to learn when divided into logical sections according to the airport environment and procedures.
So let us guide you:
Check-In and Security
When you arrive at the airport, the check-in process is your first encounter with airport personnel.
Here are some key terms to know:
Spanish Check-In and Security Vocabulary
|el billete de avión||the airplane ticket|
|el control de seguridad||the security checkpoint|
|el detector de metales||the metal detector|
|el equipaje||the luggage|
|el escáner||the scanner|
|la facturación||the check-in|
|el mostrador||the counter|
|el objeto prohibido||the prohibited item|
|el pasaporte||the passport|
|la tarjeta de embarque||the boarding pass|
¿Puedo ver su billete de avión?
Can I see your airplane ticket?
Etiquete su equipaje con su nombre y número de teléfono.
Label your luggage with your name and phone number.
Su pasaporte está caducado.
Your passport has expired.
Aquí estan sus tarjetas de embarque.
Here are your boarding passes.
If you want to practice this vocabulary in a fun way, have a look at the Curious George episode in Spanish that happens at the airport: Problema en el aeropuerto (Problems at the Airport).
Boarding and Customs
Once you’ve successfully checked in and passed through security, it’s time to board your flight.
These terms will come in handy:
Spanish Boarding and Customs Vocabulary
|el control de pasaportes||the passport control|
|la declaración de aduanas||the customs declaration|
|el equipaje de mano||the carry-on luggage|
|la migración||the immigration|
|el número de asiento||the seat number|
|el pasillo||the aisle (seat)|
|la puerta de embarque||the boarding gate|
|la salida de emergencia||the emergency exit|
|la ventanilla||the window (seat)|
|el visado||the visa|
Tendrá que pasar por el contro de pasaportes.
You will need to pass through the passport control.
Averigua si no tienes que llenar la declaración de aduanas.
Check if you don’t have to fill in the customs declaration.
Su equipaje de mano es demasiado grande.
Your carry-on luggage is too big.
Baggage and Airport Facilities
After you land, you’ll head to the baggage claim area to collect your belongings.
Here is some useful vocabulary:
Spanish Baggae and Airport Facilities Vocabulary
|los baños||the restrooms|
|la cafetería||the café|
|el carrito||the trolley|
|la cinta de equipaje||the baggage belt|
|la maleta||the suitcase|
|el mostrador de renta de carros||the car rental desk|
|la oficina de información||the information desk|
|la sala de espera||the waiting area|
|la tienda libre de impuestos||the duty-free shop|
|la zona de recogida de equipaje||the baggage claim area|
¿Dónde están los baños?
Where are the bathrooms?
La sala de espera no es muy cómoda.
The waiting area isn’t too comfortable.
Nos cambiaron la cinta de equipaje.
They changed our baggage belt.
The Airport Personnel
It’s also useful to know the Spanish names of the airport personnel you may meet during your travel.
Spanish Airport Personnel Vocabulary
|el capitán/la capitana||the captain|
|el controlador/la controladora de tráfico aéreo||the air traffic controler|
|el/la copiloto||the co-pilot|
|el/la oficial de aduanas||the customs officer|
|el/la oficial de inmigración||the immigration officer|
|el/la oficial de seguridad||the security officer|
|el /la piloto||the pilot|
|el/la sobrecargo||the flight attendant|
If you want to read in Spanish about the roles of airport personnel, check out the European Flyers website.
Interacting with Airport Personnel
It’s also helpful to have a basic understanding of common phrases and expressions that will help you communicate effectively with airport personnel.
Here are a few examples:
¿Dónde está el mostrador de facturación?
Where is the check-in counter?
¿Cuál es la puerta de embarque?
What is the boarding gate?
¿A qué hora sale el vuelo?
What time does the plane depart?
No encuentro mi equipaje.
I can’t find my luggage.
¿Dónde puedo encontrar un carrito?
Where can I get a trolley?
¿Cuánto cuesta rentar un carro?
How much is it to rent a car?
Spanish Airport Dialogues
And now, let’s have a look at some sample airport dialogues to help you use adequate Spanish vocabulary and phrases in context.
-Disculpe, ¿dónde está el mostrador de facturación?
-Está en la planta baja a la derecha.
-Excuse me, where is the check-in counter?
-It’s on the ground floor to the right.
-Thank you very much.
-¿Cuál es la puerta de embarque para el vuelo 123?
-Es la puerta número 5
-What is the boarding gate for flight 123?
-It’s gate number 5.
-Perfect, thank you.
-Buenos días no encuentro mi equipaje.
-Por favor, diríjase al mostrador de objetos perdidos para hacer presentar un reclamo.
-De acuerdo, muchas gracias.
-Good morning, I can’t find my luggage.
-Please go to the lost and found counter to file a claim.
-Alright, thank you very much.
Now you’re ready!
If you want to practice more, check out the website of the airport in Mexico City, you’ll find lots of vocabulary that you already know and plenty of new ones.
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