Posted on: 19 August 2016 by Mark Howells
Aurigny’s summer service to Barcelona over the past four Saturdays has carried a total of 631 people, meaning an average load factor of over 70%, which is greater than the carrier anticipated.
Malcolm Coupar, Aurigny’s commercial director, commented, “Barcelona caught the imagination of our customers and it’s been a successful venture for both islanders and the airline. Adding a new destination to our network involves a lot of work from securing the airport slots to arranging ground handling. Everything went smoothly and we’re keen, at this stage, to feature Barcelona in our summer 2017 schedule with hopefully more flights. Those plans should be finalised by late November.”
“The Embraer 195 performed faultlessly on the Barcelona service which proves just how reliable and versatile an aircraft it is,” explained Captain Nigel Green, Aurigny’s Embraer fleet manager, who piloted the aircraft on its first two flights to and from Barcelona. “We were cruising at 39,000 feet and the average flight duration was one hour and 20 minutes. One passenger asked me why it was faster than the Gatwick run, which obviously it isn’t, but this shows how smooth and speedy the service was.
“I’d like to thank everyone involved in the Barcelona operation, including our pilots, crew, ground staff, check in teams and engineers who all worked hard to ensure the service was seamless,” added Green.