Vueling Toulouse base to open in 2011

Vueling plans to begin operating a new base in Toulouse in late April 2011, its eighth base in total and the first outside of Spain since its merger with Clickair in July 2009.

The new operations at Toulouse airport will have four brand new direct destinations (Pisa, Venice, Ibiza and Malaga) and new routes to Barcelona, Amsterdam and Paris. The airline will offer more than 40 weekly flights, amounting to more than 200,000 seats for sale, until the end of October 2011. Further growth is expected beyond next year’s Summer season.

The airline says its new base represents a significant milestone in the company’s growth plan as it begins the path of opening new bases outside Spain.

Vueling reports that it “exhaustively analysed” the location of its first base outside Spain from several options and worked closely with airport authorities, tourist and economic promotion offices of the French city and the region of Midi-Pyrenees to finally select Toulouse-Blagnac.

The airline will position one aircraft exclusively at the new base and invest around €30 million over the next three years, which it believes will generate 150 direct and indirect jobs in Toulouse and its area of influence.

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