Barcelona -. Airport Barcelona-El Prat will have its first direct connection to China next spring, a route that will operate by Air China, which will link Barcelona four times a week and Beijing. The director of the airport, Sonia Corrochano, said that the launch of this route is “a very important step forward”, as it will allow travelers to fly from Spain to China without having to change planes.
Forecasts of Air China is the only aircraft made a stopover in Vienna (Austria) to refuel, so the time scale at this airport will be minimal. “The company has announced that it will begin in May with four flights a week,” said Corrochano, has expressed his satisfaction with “having the first route to China”, after many years of work.
He recalled, in this regard, the Committee Air Route Development (CDRA), which integrate Aena, Catalonia, the Barcelona City Council and the Chamber of Commerce of the city, “years working to improve communications with Asia “. In fact, the CDRA has held negotiations with various Chinese airlines to launch a direct link to Barcelona, given the high demand for nonstop connect Barcelona with the Asian.
Corrochano recalled, in this regard, that the negotiations with the airline Emirates for the launch of the Barcelona-Dubai route lasted over two years. Indeed, it was from this February when Emirates started operating this route to the world’s largest, with a capacity for 500 passengers Airbus 380.
” The arrival of the A380 with regular route is very important for the airport because it means that the intercontinental route which began operating in July 2012 is working well and justifies the increase of more than 44 % of the supply of seats ,” he said Corrochano .
The airport director has stressed that the expansion of the airfield, with the construction of the new terminal T1 and the third track, has allowed accommodate the arrival of the A380. “The infrastructure allows passengers to embark and disembark in 30 minutes and that the company can make its scale in less than 3 hours, so that comes out profitable and beneficial stint in Barcelona ,” stated Corrochano , which has ensured that the Barcelona Airport is ready to accommodate more frequency A380. “It’s the world’s biggest airplane and some airports are reluctant to start the operation ,” he pointed Corrochano , who considers it ” a success to have it safely and efficiently .”
Sonia Corrochano also highlighted the work of the Committee of the results Routes infrastructure harvested last year. “2013 was a record year, with 35.2 million passengers, some results showing the good work of the Committee of flights in times of crisis,” he remarked. The director of El Prat commented that last year the decline in the number of domestic passengers “was offset by the increase in flights to the European Union and especially intercontinental international flights.” “The good work has resulted even in times of crisis”, has been influential. Currently, the airport of El Prat operate a hundred companies, among which nine of the top ten airlines in the world.