Vueling announces new Barcelona–Cardiff route

Vueling is to launch a regular scheduled flight from Cardiff Airport to Barcelona on 27 March 2012, initially operating three days a week – Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

To be operated with the airline’s A320s, this is the first direct service from the UK to Barcelona, Vueling’s home base.

“We are delighted to be increasing our network with these flights from Cardiff. They have been on the agenda for some time and we are delighted to add them to Vueling’s network,” remarked the carrier’s CEO Alex Cruz. “Vueling is very pleased to be able to fulfil the local catchment area’s requirement for direct flights to Barcelona for leisure and business travellers. Cardiff offers convenient transits and an efficient service so we anticipate the route will be popular for leisure travellers looking for convenient city breaks. There’s also a high student population within easy reach, so overall we are expecting high load factors as passengers will maximise the options provided by our connections service too to a variety of our other destinations including Malaga, Palma, Ibiza, Rome, Naples, etc. There is the strong possibility that more UK routes will be announced soon.”

Patrick Duffy, Cardiff Airport’s managing director commented, “It is extremely pleasing to welcome a new airline and a new route to Cardiff Airport. The Vueling service can be of great benefit to the region as the airline will not only offer Welsh passengers the chance to visit one of Europe’s most famous cities, but can also bring inbound passengers into Wales which will consequently benefit the Welsh economy. In a challenging economic climate it is very encouraging to see an airline consider trading in new markets.”

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