Last week’s analysis took a close look at which airlines have added new long-haul routes to and from Europe for this summer, as well as revealing which services have been dropped.

The comparison is for the first week of July in 2012 versus the first week of July in 2011. The analysis looks separately at European carriers, North American carriers and those from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Routes involving a change of airport have not been included, while United and Continental have been treated as one airline. This is not a definitive list but attempts to summarize the main changes made by major scheduled airlines involving routes typically offered with a minimum of three weekly frequencies.

Many of flag-carriers have made changes to their long-haul networks for this summer. Barcelona will have launched two new long-haul destinations by April and could be able to take advantage of some news happening.


Iberia stops operating the Barcelona – Miami flight which is recovered by American Airlines in April. On the other hand, Air Europa's flights to Mexico City and Miami are removed so its passengers could be captured by the current routes from Barcelona flying to Miami (American Airlines) and Mexico City (Aeromexico).

As mentioned earlier, American Airlines begins operations to Miami from Barcelona. Also, Delta Air Lines comes to confirm its confidence in Barcelona Airport despite the large list of intercontinental flights dropped from its intercontinental network this summer.

The Asian airlines show its intercontinental expansion towards Europe. This is of special interest for the Barcelona Air Route Development Committee, which aims to connect the Barcelona Airport with the main cities of China, Japan, Korea and India.

Another great news of the summer season at Barcelona Airport is the start of operations of Emirates which is connecting Barcelona and Dubai, from 3 July.


More changes still possible

Some of these network changes have only been confirmed in the last couple of weeks so it is still possible that there may be further developments as airlines examine forward bookings, yields, the competitive environment and take into account the fact that fuel prices appear to be on the rise once more.


Source: / BARDC


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Barcelona Air Route Development Committee promotes Barcelona Airport intercontinental flights.