Vueling announces summer flights from Cardiff Airport

Low-cost Spanish airline Vueling has announced its summer schedule from Cardiff Airport.

From April to October, 2018, the airline will offer 188,000 seats on flights to four popular Spanish destinations – Malaga, Alicante, Barcelona and Palma Majorca. This represents an increase of 235 percent more capacity since Vueling started flying from Cardiff in summer 2012.

With five weekly services to Malaga and Alicante, customers can now plan summer holidays in mainland resorts including Marbella, Torremolinos, Benidorm and Torrevieja, with the two destinations serving as gateways to the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca regions. Fares for the Malaga flights start from £28.99, while Alicante starts from £44.99, both one way.

For holidaymakers looking for short break options, the airline is offering three flights a week to Barcelona, which offers access to Sites, Tarragona and beautiful resorts on the Costa Brava. The fares for the Barcelona flights start from £34.99, one way.

With four flights per week to Palma Majorca, holidaymakers have several choices for a short break in the Balearics. The fares for Palma Majorca start from £32.99, one way. More destinations in southern Spain, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands and Africa are also accessible via Vueling’s connecting flights from its Barcelona hub.

All flights are on sale now at www.vueling.com, via the Vueling app, on the m.vueling.com mobile site or via a local travel agent, the airport said

A member of the International Airlines Group (IAG), Vueling operates from eight airports in the UK and Ireland, including Cardiff. The airline also offers customers the opportunity to collect Avios points.

Vueling announces summer 2017 schedule from Cardiff Airport

Spanish airline Vueling has said that it has expanded its capacity on all of its services from Cardiff for summer 2017, following increased demand at Wales’ national airport.

Following the increase, the airline is now offering 190,812 seats on flights to Alicante (up to five weekly), Barcelona (up to four weekly), Malaga (up to five weekly) and Palma Majorca (up to four weekly services) for travel between April and October -an increase of 16 per cent compared to summer 2016. These flights will follow the winter 2016 schedule, which is currently offering flights to Alicante and Malaga.

Barcelona offers holidaymakers an ideal city break while also being the gateway to the Costa Brava; Majorca is a stunning holiday island, while Alicante and Malaga serve popular holiday resorts such as the Costa Blanca, Costa del Sol and Costa Tropical.

Debra Barber, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Cardiff Airport, said: ‘We welcome Vueling’s decision to increase flights from Cardiff again this summer and view this boost in capacity as a direct response to the increased demand from Welsh passengers to fly to popular Spanish destinations from Wales’ national Airport, a fact which has also been reflected in our recent passenger growth.

‘The airline has been flying passengers to and from Cardiff since 2012 and in that time we’ve seen the routes go from strength to strength. We look forward to a continued successful relationship with the airline which will, in turn, lead to more choice for both Welsh passengers and visitors to Wales.’

Vueling has also announced the addition of special rugby flights to Rome and Paris Orly in February and March 2017 respectively, enabling Welsh rugby fans to see Wales play against France and Italy in the RBS 6 Nations 2017. Flights are available to book now.

Vueling and British Airways recently announced an agreement under which British Airways can apply its flight codes to a number of Vueling’s flights. Welsh passengers can benefit from the Avios points system in the same way when they book on BA’s website, Cardiff Airport said in a release.

Vueling Airlines announce new routes from Manchester, Edinburgh

Spanish low-fares airline Vueling Airlines has announced plans to offer direct services to Alicante and Rome from June next year, the Manchester Evening News has reported.

Part of International Airlines Group (IAG), Vueling will launch the two new routes from Manchester Airport for summer 2016. The Spanish low cost airline will operate three flights a week to Alicante and two flights a week to Rome in addition to its existing service to Barcelona, which started in June this year.

Flights to Alicante will operate on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, while flights to Rome will be on Friday and Monday. The routes will be operated by an Airbus A320, with capacity for 180 passengers.

Ken O’Toole, managing director for Manchester Airport, said: ‘We’re delighted that Vueling Airlines has chosen to expand its route network from Manchester Airport. Alicante and Rome are popular destinations with our 22.9 million passengers and these additional services reinforce our status as the UK’s Global Gateway for the North of England.’

Separately, Edinburgh Airport said that Vueling is planning a major route expansion at the Airport, which will see three-times-a-week direct flights from Scotland’s capital to Rome Fiumicino, Paris Orly and to Alicante, Edin.

The new Rome Fiumicino and Parlis Orly routes from Edinburgh will both commence from March 29, 2016, while the new Alicante flights will commence from June 16, 2016.

Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: ‘It is tremendous that we have two new routes to Rome and Paris and we have increased our service to Alicante – this offers our passengers even greater choice and is further confirmation of Edinburgh Airport’s position as a key driver for Scotland’s economy.

‘This commitment from Vueling – a strong European airline – shows that we’ve listened to our passengers and recognise the need for greater choice and European connectivity; this expansion in service is good news for business and leisure travellers, for Edinburgh and for Scotland as a whole.’

 

Cardiff Airport’s flights to Spain now bookable on BritishAirways.com

Cardiff Airport has said that all flights from Cardiff operated by Vueling, the Spanish airline that is part of British Airways’ parent company, IAG, can now be booked on http://www.britishairways.com.

Cardiff Airport’s chief executive, Jon Horne, said: ‘It’s great news that passengers from Wales and the West can now access flights through the British Airways booking system, along with all the associated benefits, such as 23kg hold luggage included in the cost and the ability for BA Executive Club members to collect Avios loyalty points.’

Vueling, which has been operating from the Welsh national airport for two years, has launched the second phase of its summer 2014 programme from Cardiff and re-launched direct flights to Barcelona.

The first flight from Cardiff to Barcelona will leave on Friday, April 11, and will run every Friday and Sunday from April until October. In August, an additional flight will be operated on Wednesday to meet the demand of travellers keen to sample the attractions of the Spanish city. Flights are available on sale at www.britishairways.com and www.vueling.com, with single fares from EUR34.99.

The new flights to Barcelona-El Prat come after an increase in Vueling’s services during summer 2013, which saw the airline flying from Cardiff to Alicante, Malaga and Palma Majorca, as well as Barcelona.

Vueling has also launched its first winter programme from Cardiff, with additional flights to Malaga and Alicante, to meet the rising demand from winter sun seekers and holiday home owners travelling from Wales and the West.

‘We are delighted to be continuing to offer flights from Cardiff Airport to Barcelona, a city of art, culture and some of the most beautiful and lively beaches on the Spanish mainland’, said Jon Horne, chief executive of Cardiff Airport, ‘and it’s pleasing to see that Vueling’s passenger numbers are increasing in line with the overall upward trend we’re experiencing at the Airport.

‘We’ve been listening to what our passengers have been saying about where they want to go and at what times of the year, so we’re expecting flights with Vueling to be extremely popular. The added benefits and convenience of being able to book via the British Airways website will no doubt appeal to a lot of people too,’ he added.

IAG promises no changes with ownership of Vueling

International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG), a UK-based airline owner and the parent of British Airways, has promised that its purchase of Spain-based budget airline Vueling will not impact on services currently operated by its other Spanish airline, Iberia.

Suggestions that the Vueling takeover could result in more of Iberia’s loss-making short-haul routes being axed have been scotched by IAG. It was also considered possible that Vueling could be viewed as the prime carrier between Spain and Gatwick in the UK, with British Airways abandoning its own services on the routes to leave the field open to its new sister company, but that rumour has also been denied by IAG.

An IAG spokeswoman said, ‘Vueling has got its own business model, we have no changes planned. It is of value to us as a stand-alone business.’

Among the routes that Vueling already operates from the UK are services from Heathrow to La Coruna and Bilbao; Gatwick to Barcelona and Palma; Cardiff to Alicante, Barcelona, Malaga and Palma; Edinburgh to Barcelona; and Heathrow to Florence.

Vueling’s pre-tax profit last year was €33.2 million, while its revenue experienced a 27 percent increase to €1.1 billion. In gaining full control of the company, IAG has increased on the 45.85 percent stake that it already owned as part of its purchase of Iberia, paying €123.5 million to achieve a controlling interest of 90.51 percent.

IAG has in the region of 400 aircraft at its disposal, and it uses them to service around 200 international destinations. Recent substantial aircraft orders are set to boost its fleet still further over the next few years.

Vueling adds new routes from Cardiff airport

Vueling Airlines, a Spanish based airline with its headquarters in Barcelona, has decided to increase its flights from Cardiff to Spanish resort destinations.

The company has made the decision to increase the number of Welsh flights due to the growing popularity of existing flights to Spain from Cardiff. The new flights to Malaga and Alicante have been scheduled to commence on the 23rd of this month, so will be in place in time for the Easter holiday exodus. More flights to Malaga will be added on Wednesdays during the peak school holiday time of August and September.

From March 23, Vueling will be operating flights from Cardiff to Alicante, Barcelona, Malaga and Palma Majorca. In addition, starting from June 20 this year, flights from Cardiff to Palma Majorca will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Flights to Alicante and Malaga will also operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from March 23 this year, while from March 28, flights to Barcelona will operate on Fridays and Sundays, with the added benefit of providing connections to cruises departing from Barcelona.

From Vueling’s Barcelona Hub, the company provides access to over 50 European and North-African destinations, and provides a checked baggage service from Cardiff to the final destination.

Head of air service development and commercial operations at Cardiff Airport, Spencer Birns, said, ‘It’s great to see Welsh passengers using the Vueling flights and those that have travelled with them already are re-booking because of the competitive pricing and quality product. We would urge more welsh passengers to support their local airport and fly with Vueling this summer.’

IAG Announces Bid to Acquire Spain-Based Vueling

International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of British Airways and Iberia, has announced that it has made an offer to acquire a 100 percent stake in Vueling, the Spain based low cost carrier.

The company currently owns a 45.85 percent stake in Vueling and has made an offer to acquire the rest of the stock for €113 million, for an offer price of €7 per share.

IAG chief executive officer, Willie Walsh, said, ‘With its leading position in Barcelona, European growth strategy and low cost base, Vueling has much to offer IAG. It has significantly increased capacity while remaining profitable, despite the Spanish economic slowdown, and already has extensive commercial arrangements with Iberia. We would plan to retain the current Vueling management team.

This would be good news for Vueling as there are many advantages for the airline in this deal. It will benefit from the financial strength of a larger airline group, making it better able to compete with other airlines and invest in new customer products and services. The airline will also be able to generate some cost and revenue synergies as part of IAG mainly through joint financing and procurement.

This acquisition would be positive for Spain. We would retain Vueling’s Barcelona base and create new Spanish jobs.’

Veloz Holdco SLU, a wholly owned subsidiary of IAG, has made the acquisition offer.

Earlier, IAG had reported a 2012 third quarter operating profit of €270 million, compared to €363 million reported for the same period in 2011. Passenger unit revenue has increased by 9.1 percent for the 2012 third quarter.