Vueling will begin connecting passengers through Barcelona from July 5th
Thursday 3, June 2010
Vueling will start to make flight connections from July 5th, transferring passengers between its flights, which currently serve more than 43 cities in Spain, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
In so doing, Vueling upgrades Barcelona airport (BCN) to an important connecting hub and the number of new connecting passengers will double the current BCN transfer passenger figures in 2010. This move was announced to international media by Vueling’s CEO Alex Cruz, in a press conference held at the airline’s head office in Barcelona.
Cruz explained the details of the 418 “Vueling-to-Vueling” connections available to passengers. "During 2010, connecting passengers will amount to between 250,000 and 350,000 people, doubling the existing number of connecting passengers at El Prat Airport," said Vueling’s CEO. "More than one third of the new passengers will be Italians, French, Dutch and central European citizens en route to Spanish destinations as well as other international destinations served by Vueling, such as Tel Aviv, Amman and Istanbul," he added.
Cruz emphasized the economic impact of this passenger increase at Barcelona Airport and added that the volume of connections will rise progressively as reservations become available through all sales channels. Thus, in 2011, Vueling estimates that over 10% of its passengers at El Prat - more than 1 million people - will be connecting passengers that would not have passed through Barcelona if Vueling had not been offering this service.
Cruz added that this “transfer passenger” project was initially conceived prior to the merger between Vueling and clickair but was formally launched at the end of 2009. He pointed out the excellence of the baggage handling facilities at the new Terminal 1 at El Prat Airport was one of the key factors that had contributed to the viability of the project.
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