The Barcelona Air Route Development Committee considers growth of the interchange role of Barcelona Airport a priority and will continue to work substantially towards maintaining and increasing air connectivity and the connectivity of its users.

Connecting passengers are key for two reasons: first of all, connectivity makes it possible to maintain an area of influence that reaches beyond the hinterland of Barcelona Airport, reinforcing its competitiveness not only in Spain but also throughout Southern Europe and North Africa. Secondly, because it is a fundamental element in order to maintain existing long haul routes or to create new ones which could play a very important strategic role, such as Asian or North American routes.

Barcelona Airport continues to consolidate its position with extraordinary passenger growth in 2011, reaching over 34 million.

This overall airport growth can be explained, not only by the growth of European and short haul routes, but also by the rising demand for intercontinental routes. Barcelona is the fourth European destination in number of passengers by source and destination.

Within this framework of air traffic growth, in all likelihood the passengers travelling up until now with the company Spanair, which has stopped operating, will travel with other operators. Barcelona Airport is expected in 2012, and in coming years, to continue to rank in the top 10 most important airports in Europe by number of passengers.

The Barcelona Air Route Development Committee (BARDC) has been working on increasing the supply of direct intercontinental flights out of Barcelona and in the next few days will be presenting their Strategic Plan 2012-2013, which will lay own the lines of action to continue making progress in achieving their foundational aims:

1. To encourage and boost long distance routes out of Barcelona Airport with the regions considered as strategic by Barcelona and Catalonia.

2. To promote the routes benefitting the international strategic position of Barcelona and its citizens.

3. To contribute to improving air connectivity between the nations and territories in the Euro Mediterranean region, working especially on balancing the supply of air services and products on both shores of the Mediterranean.

4. To promote an increase in air connectivity from Barcelona with the markets, within the Euro Mediterranean area, that can feed the long haul routes operated out of Barcelona Airport and, conversely, distribute passengers from intercontinental flights by developing a hub and spoke model.

Source: Barcelona Air Route Development Committe

 

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