Asiana Airlines will connect Barcelona and Seoul four times a week
The “low cost” company will connect Barcelona airport with Los Angeles, Oakland, Buenos Aires and Punta Cana.
The brand of the group IAG (British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and Aer Lingus) to operate long-haul flights from Barcelona already has the name: Level, which start flying yesterday June 1, 2017.
The top executives of the group IAG and the airlines Vueling and Iberia, dressed in an informal way with jeans and polo with the colors of the new company have presented this morning in a hostel / hostel on Corsega street the much talked about low cost and long project reach that has been launched following the operation of Norwegian this summer will start flying to four destinations in the United States.
Level, a trademark of an operation that will fall on planes and crews Iberia has chosen to choose two destinations in the United States: Los Angeles and Oakland in California, one in the Caribbean, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and a four in the South Cone: Buenos Aires.
Willie Walsh, chief executive of the airline holding company explained that this new brand comes to Barcelona because the destination deserves it, because of the potential that the city has and the demand that is not served on direct flights, an operation that will involve the creation of 250 Jobs in El Prat.
Luis Gallego, president and CEO of Iberia said that the fact that his company is the operator, with two Airbus A330 aircraft is temporary, since the intention is for Level to go from being a trademark to an independent airline within Of the IAG group, with which it will bet not only to grow in Barcelona, but also to offer the same service of long radio with departure from other European airports.
The aircraft will have a double cabin configuration, with 21 seats in the premium tourist class and 293 seats in economy class. The tickets will be on sale today on flylevel.com from 99 euros per way the economical option for Los Angeles and Oakland, while flights to Buenos Aires and Punta Cana will start at 159 euros. The Premium option for these four destinations will be priced from 599 euros.
Baggage allowance (additional to the piece of free hand luggage), meals, selection of seats and the latest movie releases will be included for Premium Tourist customers, while in tourist services will be charged, including internet on board .
Calendar and frequencies
– Flights to Los Angeles begin June 1, 2017 and operate twice a week.
– Flights to San Francisco (Oakland) begin June 2, 2017 and operate three times a week.
– Flights to Punta Cana start on June 10, 2017 and operate twice a week.
– Flights to Buenos Aires begin on June 17, 2017 and will operate three times a week.
Air Nostrum will resume the route on March 26 at the express request of the Valencian government
The Valencian company Air Nostrum recovers the air route between Valencia and Barcelona, after years without air service between the second and the third capital of Spain. The first plane will start on March 26 and the intention is to get return flights the same day, company president Carlos Bertomeu announced at a press conference with the president of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, and the Minister of Economy, Vicent Soler.
According to Bertomeu, it is a “risk bet”, since it is a “complicated route”: “Although it has volume, the average income is low.” Likewise, he has revealed that recovering this airline has been an express and repeated request of the Valencian government at a time when the railway connection is “deteriorated”. Puig stressed that it seems “unusual” that there is still no AVE (high speed train) between Valencia and Barcelona.
Bertomeu has said that the project is starting to walk and has not committed to give a daily number of flights, but has expressed its intention to make it possible to make the trip back and forth on the same day between the two cities. It has also committed to launch “specific flights to bring Catalans to the Fallas,” celebrations that take place in March.
At the same time, Ximo Puig has announced a subsidy line with Air Nostrum for “ecomarketing”: through an initial four-year agreement, the company’s planes will be “painted” with different cultural, festive and tourist motifs of the Valencian Which operates the company. In this way, Air Nostrum and the public company Society Thematic Projects (SPT) commit to invest 6 million euros each. The first year will decorate 20 aircraft progressively; The first will deal with the declaration of the Fallas as Intangible Heritage of Unesco. The promotion will change every year depending on what the Tourism Council determines.
Regarding the possibility that the aid could be interpreted as a subsidy to the route Valencia-Barcelona, the Valencian president has been forceful: “The Generalitat Valenciana is not going to subsidize that flight nor any”. Bertomeu has insisted that the new route and the tourism promotion campaign are “two absolutely separate issues”.
The president of Air Nostrum has framed Valencia-Barcelona flights in an attempt to boost inland tourism, which has decreased by 4% in the last year and is “the one that rises the average cost”, with trips of congresses and end of week. Likewise, it has announced that for this route the company will make a “selection of cabin crew of Valencian”.
Easyjet opens in Barcelona the base which closed in Madrid in 2012
The airline EasyJet has opened its base in Barcelona, the only one in Spain and number 28 in Europe, which will have three aircraft, for which it has hired 120 new workers and that it hopes to grow this year by 7% in passenger numbers at El Prat, to 3.1 million.
The CEO of Easyjet in Spain, Javier Gándara, noted the interest of the company to grow in El Prat and its commitment to consolidating Catalunya connection with Europe through the Barcelona airport to “keep bringing tourists” and connect the world Catalan business with the rest of Europe.
The opening of the base of El Prat, which, so far, has three Airbus 320 aircraft, will open two new connections this summer, Bordeaux and Naples, increasing frequencies and enhanced connectivity of cities like Geneva or Basel, to facilitate the work business passengers.
In this regard, he explained that have agreements with agencies to continue enhanced corporate business tourism trips, which the company accounts for 20% of all travelers.
Gandara recalled that Barcelona was, along with Amsterdam, the first European airport to EasyJet flew out of the UK in 1996.
2.8 million passengers
Currently, the airline flies to Barcelona from 16 European airports, carrying over 2.8 million passengers each year and, since it operates in the city, easyJet has transported 32 million passengers, equivalent to 300 times fill the Camp Nou.
On the possibility of opening new bases in Spain, such as Madrid, Gandara said that for this year were Barcelona and Venice and new ones are being planned worldwide.
Rule out the long distance
Asked about the interest of the airline to make long-haul flights, Gándara has insisted that the company “that’s a distraction,” and, with a market share of 8%, still have a lot of development to be done in the short and medium haul, “which is what we do well.”
The opening ceremony has also been chaired by the director of the Network of Aena Aeropuertos, Fernando Echegaray, and the director of Barcelona airport, Sonia Corrochano, and has received the traditional water cannon to welcome one of the A320 based in El Prat, and the symbolic cutting of the ribbon to inaugurate the base.
In this regard, Echegaray remarked that today is an important day for the opening of this new basis for El Prat, which closed in 2015 hovering around 40 million passengers.
The plane of the world’s largest passenger replaced from 1 June B777-200LR untill now carried out the connection
The Emirates airline will operate two daily flights between Barcelona and Dubai with the A380 passenger plane of the world, from June 1, 2016 replaced the B777-200LR so far operated one of the two largest daily services.
As reported Thursday the company said in a statement, Barcelona becomes a destination served exclusively to Emirates A380*. With the introduction of the A380 on the Madrid-Dubai route last August 1 and the two daily A380 flights from Barcelona, Emirates will operate the next three of four daily flights from Spain with the largest aircraft in the world “for company year with regular flights with this model plane in Spain “of, he stressed the company.
The introduction of a second A380 in Barcelona involves increasing the capacity by 32% over the current bid and offer 2,068 seats per day, about three times the initial offering of 2012, which was of 720 seats daily. The Emirates A380 offers 517 seats, of which 14 private suites in First Class, 76 seats bed in ‘business’ and 427 spacious seating in class ‘Economy’.
Airberlin doubles the offer to Dusseldorf
On the other hand, Airberlin will increase its weekly frequency between Barcelona and Dusseldorf from one to two flights a week from May 2016, it informed the German airline in a statement Thursday. The company said that this decision is “proof of its commitment to the Spanish market” and its importance in their overall strategy. As part of its plan for next year, the company will consolidate its presence in its two ‘hubs’ international, Berlin and Dusseldorf, with the addition of new destinations and expanding frequencies.
*The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner manufactured by the European aircraft company Airbus. It is the world’s largest passenger airliner, and the airports at which it operates have upgraded facilities to accommodate it. It was initially namedAirbus A3XX and designed to challenge Boeing‘s monopoly in the large-aircraft market. The A380 made its first flight on 27 April 2005 and entered commercial service in October 2007 with Singapore Airlines.
The A380’s upper deck extends along the entire length of the fuselage, with a width equivalent to a wide-body aircraft. This gives the A380-800’s cabin 550 square metres (5,920 sq ft) of usable floor space, 40% more than the next largest airliner, the Boeing 747-8, and provides seating for 525 people in a typical three-class configuration or up to 853 people in an all-economy class configuration. The A380-800 has a design range of 8,500 nautical miles (15,700 km), sufficient to fly nonstop from Dallas, USA to Sydney, Australia, and a cruising speed of Mach 0.85 (about 900 km/h, 560 mph or 490 kn at cruising altitude).
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The airline increased by 14% the number of seats to national and international destinations
Vueling has strengthened during the past two years its business routes between Barcelona and other domestic and international destinations with new frequencies, which meant an increase of 14% in the supply of seats.
Business routes that make up the top ten are linking Barcelona with Madrid, Bilbao, Palma de Mallorca, Seville, Malaga, Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, London and Milan, the airline reported Monday in a statement.
The addition to the fleet of five Airbus A321s, with 40 more seats than the A320, has also increased the number of places available in these routes increased demand, especially during the winter season.
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