Birmingham Airport welcomed the arrival of another new airline when Spain’s leading low cost carrier, Vueling, made its inaugural flight from Barcelona.
Three weekly services are now available with Vueling between Birmingham and Barcelona El Prat Airport, where it is the leading airline with almost 40% of the market share. During the peak summer months, the airline will offer up to five flights a week.
Vueling is owned by the IAG group and offers code shares with the likes of British Airways and Iberia, giving a vast number of connections across the group’s network. This also allows customers to redeem BA air miles and Avios points.
Captain Gerard Pinazo and First Officer Gonzalo Comendador are pictured with Birmingham Airport’s Head of Aviation Development, Tom Screen, and the Vueling Cabin Crew on the inaugural Barcelona flight from Birmingham.
William Pearson, Birmingham Airport’s Aviation Development Director, said:
“It was fantastic to see our newest airline, Vueling, land into Birmingham today. The carrier will add more than 27,000 seats to Barcelona from Birmingham and give passengers a choice of more than 140 destinations on the Vueling network across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
“We are extremely pleased that Vueling, which is a very successful and strong brand in Europe that offers very affordable fares, has chosen Birmingham for its newest route launch and we look forward to seeing more and more passengers use the new service over the coming year.”
Flights are on sale now with a lead in fare of 54,99€ via vueling.com and ba.com or via travel agents. Vueling’s Barcelona services from Birmingham Airport are operated by a 180 seat A320 aircraft.
Gabriel Schmilovich, Head of Network Planning, Scheduling and Slots at Vueling added:
“We are very happy to announce the launch of the route between Birmingham and Barcelona. With up to five flights per week during summer, passengers from Birmingham will not only be able to reach Barcelona but will also benefit from Vueling´s connections to many destinations like the Balearic Islands or Canary Islands, with a premium product and very competitive prices.”