Barcelona beat off Copenhagen and Paris to take fDi’s award for transport. Its airport is one of Europe’s fastest growing and is expected to nearly double its capacity to handle 40 million passengers a year by 2010. Last year, more than 22 million passengers were carried by the 48 operators that fly out of the airport.

Barcelona is the leading port in the Mediterranean, which regularly serves more than 300 shipping lines. From 2005, a high-speed rail service will connect Barcelona to Madrid and other major European cities. The city already boasts an integrated transport system, including an underground railway, which served more than eight million passengers last year.