And astonishingly after being spotted by staff on the runway he was allowed to board his flight and take the plane to Gran Canaria.
“It is surprising but it happened,” a spokesman for Aena, at Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas airport told The Local.
“This passenger had a boarding card and went through security but he seemingly got waylaid in the terminal and the gate was closed before he reached it,” said the spokesman.
“He pushed through a fire escape door into the air bridge, jumped down and then chased the plane. The alarm was immediately raised and the Civil Guard alerted but by then he had boarded the plane and was on his way.”
“However, a request was made to officers in Gran Canaria to identify him,” said the Aena spokesman.
“It is extraordinary behaviour and that he was allowed to board the plane is very surprising, but that is what happened,” he added.
His leap from the gate and subsequent dash across the runway took place on Monday and was caught on camera by workers at the airport who uploaded the footage to social media.
The video shows that he was apprehended by airport staff and then ends. It is understood he was then directed to his airplane (which was not one of those appearing in shot) and allowed to board.
The Guardia Civil in Gran Canaria confirmed that they had identified the passenger, who was of foreign nationality, and had passed his passport information back to Madrid, but that he was left at liberty to enjoy his holiday while an investigation was carried out.
A spokesman for Ryanair said: “Since this video relates to a security breach at Madrid Airport, it’s a matter for Madrid Airport Police.”