Posted on: 01 June 2010 by Ross McSweeny
Vueling is to start to making flight connections at its Barcelona base from 5 July, 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 to an important connecting hub and the number of new connecting passengers will double the current BCN transfer passenger figures in 2010.
Vueling’s CEO Alex 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 the 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.
In explaining the reason to connect passengers, Cruz emphasised 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. So, in 2011, Vueling estimates that over 10% of its passengers at El Prat – more than 1 million people – will be connecting passengers who would not have passed through Barcelona if Vueling had not been offering this service.
Cruz noted that this “transfer passenger” project was initially conceived prior to the merger between Vueling and clickair but was formally launched within the company at the end of 2009.