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Vueling announces Amsterdam base

Vueling is to open a permanent base at Amsterdam Schiphol airport in late April 2011, basing one Airbus A320 at the airport, and adding Alicante, Palma de Majorca and Zurich to its destination options from Amsterdam to make a total of 10.

The new routes from Amsterdam will be added to the seven operated now: Barcelona, Bilbao, Ibiza, La Coruna, Malaga, Seville and Valencia.

The aircraft based at Schiphol will enable Vueling to increase its capacity there by 50% during the 2011 summer season compared with summer 2010. The number of weekly flights will increase by 35% to 68 during the summer peak.

Vueling’s new base will be the company’s ninth and its second international one alongside Toulouse. The airline says the project represents the creation of up to 150 jobs and an investment of around €30 million over the next three years.

The airline has also chosen Schiphol to implement mobile boarding pass technology, replacing paper documents. The service recently began for all passengers flying from Schiphol with internet connection on their mobiles.

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