Posted on: 18 September 2015 by Mark Howells
IAG Group airlines Vueling and British Airways (BA) have fulfilled the final provision of their 2014 codeshare agreement by launching direct sales of BA flights via Vueling’s website and call centre.
Included flights are currently all daily services by the two airlines between London Gatwick and Barcelona-El Prat, Rome-Fiumicino and Naples. Flights from Gatwick to Alicante, Fuerteventura, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Malaga, Seville, Tenerife, Bari, Cagliari, Catania, Genoa, Pisa, Turin, Venice and Verona will be introduced gradually, with routes from BA’s London Heathrow hub due to be added later in the year.
Vueling’s chief strategy officer, Fernando Estrada, expounded, “This agreement will enable us to broaden the offer of routes available on our website, thus giving a better service to our customers, while consolidating and strengthening our relationship with our IAG partner British Airways.”
All BA flights sold on Vueling’s sales channels will carry codes ranging from VY9800 to VY9997.
Vueling also shares flight codes with Iberia, another IAG unit, under an agreement allowing the latter airline to sell Vueling flights under the IB code, including domestic and international routes from Barcelona, domestic routes in Italy and some other routes such as Paris–Lisbon and Paris–Rome.
Furthermore, Vueling has interline agreements with Qatar Airways and American Airlines, whereby it operates as a feeder to their long-haul routes from its hub, making Barcelona a major gateway for passengers flying between Qatar or the US and Europe.