Level in San Francisco switch and nears Paris start-up

Long-haul low-fare carrier Level will move its Barcelona non-stop service from Oakland to San Francisco later this year, where its sister airline Iberia already operates another non-stop Spanish service to Madrid.

The switch by the International Airlines Group (IAG) brand will take place on 31 October. Level launched the Barcelona-Oakland route in June last year from its European base at Barcelona El Prat Airport and says it will operate two flights per week from San Francisco using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 288 seats.

Level also flies to Buenos Aires and Boston and is planning a summer service to Los Angeles. A third A330-200 will be added to its fleet later this summer, says IAG. As of 2 July it will also start operations from Paris Orly in France, where two A330-200s will be based for flights to Montreal, New York (Newark), Guadeloupe and Martinique.

San Francisco International Airport’s director, Ivar C. Satero, said the move “reaffirms our position as the international gateway airport of choice in the Bay Area, and offers travellers seamless, cost-effective access to this exciting destination in Spain.”

Iberia launched its non-stop flights to Madrid from San Francisco in April this year and currently operates three flights per week.


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