18-Oct-2012 12:52 PM

Vueling network to expand to 100 destinations from Barcelona-El Prat Airport in 2013

Vueling confirmed (17-Oct-2012) plans to expand its route network to 100 destinations from Barcelona El Prat Airport in 2013 in what will be its fourth consecutive year of expansion at its base airport. The 28 new routes will come into effect from the summer schedule, commencing Mar-2013. A new service to Gatwick will be joined by Frankfurt and Dusseldorf. There will also be significant increases in the frequency of flights from Barcelona together with new cities in Germany, France, Italy and Scandinavia. Over the past two summers, Vueling has launched a total of 45 new destinations at El Prat. Of the 28 new routes planned for the next IATA summer season, five have never before operated before from El Prat, namely Dresden, Rennes, Fez, Rhodes and Kos. The airline is also adding four new countries to its network: Gambia (Banjul), Finland (Helsinki), Bulgaria (Sofia) and Luxembourg. In order to realise these new routes, Vueling will increase the number of aircraft based at El Prat Airport from 34 to 43 and will incorporate 500 new employees including pilots, cabin crew and a range of support staff. With this new push, Vueling is consolidating its already strong leadership at El Prat Barcelona Airport, where it currently holds a 30% market share, serving more than 240 daily flights. By virtue of this growth in activity, Vueling hopes to attract more than the 4.7 million visitors to Barcelona that arrived on its flights in Summer 2012. In addition to growth at Barcelona, Vueling will expand the majority of its remaining bases. Also in the forthcoming summer season there will be more services from Bilbao to the Canary Islands, Greek Islands and from Berlin.  From Málaga and Alicante, there will be more routes to France and Benelux.  The Balearic Islands will have bolstered capacity in some of its existing routes, such as Palma-Moscow, increasing from three to five times a week, while there will be more frequencies from Paris Orly and Amsterdam. In the Canary Islands, schedules will be bolstered with the business traveler in mind, with Vueling offering strong connections to Northern Europe via Barcelona. [more - original PR]

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