The group’s five year plan initially envisions increasing frequencies to existing destinations, particularly destinations not served daily. Aeromexico also plans to consider new long-haul destinations, particularly in Europe including Barcelona and Rome. Aeromexico suspended service to Barcelona in early 2012.
Passengers on routes to EU countries were the ones that grew most in June, with an increase of 8% over last year; followed by users on intercontinental routes, with an increase of 3.6%. There was a notable increase of 1.2% in the number of passengers on domestic routes.
• LATAM Airlines, the leading airline group in South America, today announced the launch of a new direct flight from Barcelona bound for Sao Paulo, which its airline TAM will begin operating in October three times a week.
• The new route will position Barcelona as one of the first and most important hubs between Europe and South America.
Barcelona, July 13, 2015 - LATAM Airlines Group, the leading airline group in South America, today announced the launch of its new direct flight operated by the airline TAM, which will link Barcelona to Sao Paulo from October with a frequency of three times a week. The presentation was held at Barcelona-El Prat airport and was attended by the Minister of Territory and Sustainability of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Santi Vila; the Manager of Employment, Enterprise and Tourism of the Barcelona City Council, Albert de Gregorio; the President of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, Miquel Valls; and the Spain Airport Network Manager of AENA, Fernando Echegaray. LATAM Airlines Group was represented by Rodrigo Contreras, Director General for Europe, and Ignacio Blanco, Director of Marketing and External Communications for Europe.
With the addition of this new route, the company enhances the connectivity of the Group in Europe with its main hub at the airport of Guarulhos in São Paulo, one of the largest and most modern in all of South America and gateway to over 115 destinations within this continent. The new route will position Barcelona as one of the key hubs with South America, enabling travellers from all over Europe to link with the flight to São Paulo and vice versa.
More than 175,000 passengers fly annually between Barcelona and Brazil. This means that more than 30% of traffic between Spain and Brazil has its origin or destination in Barcelona. Passenger traffic between Spain and Brazil has increased by 5% on average in the last five years (CAGR 2010-14), while Barcelona has grown 8% annually in the same period, significantly ahead of other Spanish airports. The strength of these figures fully justifies the interest of LATAM Airlines Group in the potential of this direct route between
Barcelona and Sao Paulo.
The flight will operate with a Boeing 767 aircraft that ensures optimum travel experience, combining comfort with a wide range of on board entertainment which provides state-of-the-art individual screens in every seat. Likewise, passengers traveling in Premium Business Class seats will have full flat, reclining 180 degrees, seats with 15% more space.
From now on, flying to Brazil and South America will be easier thanks to LATAM Airlines Group, and passengers will have the option to discover the natural beauties of our 42 destinations within Brazil and/or 115 destinations in South America.
Related to this new route, LATAM Airlines Group has announced it will hold various promotional activities, including the exclusive sponsorship of the LATAM AIRLINES GROUP Brazilian Day Festival, an event that will take place on September 6 at the Forum Barcelona and which will draw Brazilian culture closer to the Catalan public.
Rodrigo Contreras, CEO of LATAM Airlines in Europe commented, "We are very proud to see that Barcelona will participate directly in this enormous opportunity that we believe South America represents to Europe, thanks to this new route linking Barcelona with Brazil and South America. We would like to highlight the invaluable assistance of the Barcelona Air Route Development Committee whose support has been critical to the development of this project".
China will invest 500 billion Yuan ($80 billion) in 193 major domestic aviation projects this year, the country’s aviation regulator said, to meet growing demand from travelers and to bolster growth as the world’s second-largest economy slows.
The announcement comes amid a wider effort by Beijing to increase overall infrastructure spending after economic growth slowed to a six-year low in the first quarter. The country’s state planner has so far in the first six months approved billions of dollars of railway and airport projects.
China’s aviation sector has grown rapidly in recent years, driven by demand from the country’s increasingly wealthy middle class. Outbound passenger volumes rose 39 percent year-on-year over the January-May period, Li said.
He added that Chinese airlines now fly 553 routes to 127 cities in 51 nations, and plan to add 83 more routes over the summer and autumn period. Government planners estimate China’s airports will increase to 240 by 2020 from around 200.
Of the 500 billion yuan investment, 200 billion yuan will be spent on 51 projects in Chinese cities such as Urumqi and Kunming which are along routes marked out in China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, Li said.
Chinese President Xi Jinping launched in 2013 an initiative to increase trade and extend China’s influence with Central, West and South Asia as well as Europe and Africa through a series of projects ranging from oil and gas pipelines to railways.
In line with the strategy, Li also said that the government plans to expand China’s traffic rights with Central, East and West Asian countries “at an appropriate time” which would pave the way for new routes.
Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos said: "Today's announcement represents Norwegian’s coming of age in Spain. Figures speak volumes: Norwegian offers 133 routes in and out of 15 Spanish airports, of which six are operating bases, and employs almost 900 people in the country. One-fifth of our entire fleet is based here. The launch of this first batch of seven domestic routes makes our commitment to Spain all the more evident." Mr Kjos added: "What’s more, today’s launch is first and foremost a move for the public good, for it will help reverse the trend whereby the market between the Continent and the Canaries was suffering a constant reduction in capacity with a commensurate increase in the price of air fares." The above route competition information is provided by OAG
Mercabarna participated in the 6th Asia-Pacific Wholesale Markets Conference, where it was present at a round table dedicated to discussing potential trade between different wholesale market attendees from countries such as China, Australia, New Zealand and Chile, among others.
This agreement was signed during a trip to Beijing, held from January 28 to February 1, by the CEO of Mercabarna, Josep Tejedo, and the Director of Strategy and Marketing, Pablo Vilanova, to participate in the 6th Asia-Pacific Wholesale Markets Conference, organised by CAWA the World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM).
The service of the O3 alliance formed by shipping companies UASC, CMA, CGM and China Shipping which stops in Barcelona now connects India and the Middle East with North America from East to West.
The Port of Barcelona received the stop-off of the containership ‘Al Rawdah’ affiliated to the MINA/MAX2 service of the Ocean Three alliance formed by UASC, CMA, CGM and China Shipping. This stop-over is an improvement in the connectivity of the Port of Barcelona as the service which to date only operated in Barcelona from East to West (from India to North America) now also does so from West to East (from North America to India).
The MINA service (Middle East – Indian Subcontinent – North America)/MAX2 makes a regular trip once a week and connects the ports of: New York, Norfolk, Savannah, Miami, Tangier, Valencia, Barcelona, Livorno, Genoa and Malta, Eastwards; and Khor Fakkan, Jebel Ali, Port Qasim, Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Jeddah, Port Said East, Livorno, La Spezia, Genoa, Fos, Barcelona, Valencia and Tangier Westwards.
This new service strengthens the Port of Barcelona as a distribution hub to the hinterland of cargo from North America bound for the Middle East and India.