Montreal-Barcelona: A310 aircraft to replace a mix of A310/A330 equipment, with an extra fifth weekly frequency to operate between 21-Jun-2017 and 07-Sep-2017;
Iberia is analysing its strategy for the carrier’s MRO facility at Madrid Barajas Airport (cerodosbe.com, 29-Sep-2016). The carrier is reportedly considering returning to Aena two of its three hangars at the airport’s old industrial zone, transferring part of activities to Iberia’s Barcelona El Prat Airport MRO. As previously reported by CAPA, Air Europa Lineas Aereas is reportedly waiting to define its own MRO strategy considering Air Europa could benefit by operating out of Iberia's hangars in case Iberia decides to return these facilities.
This is the twenty-seventh route that the airline will offer in Barcelona, following the announcement of its routes to Iceland and the United States (Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Miami).
Norwegian grow by 72% in volume of places in Barcelona next winter season, with a major boost in its domestic route network, which is five times the number of places on offer on the previous winter.
Norwegian, 'World best low-cost long-haul' and 'Best low-cost in Europe' per second and fourth consecutive years, today announced the launch of its 27th route in Barcelona, which will connect the airport of El Prat and Tel Aviv, Israel.
The route will start on Monday 31 October, twice a week, every Monday and Friday, according to the following schedule (local time):
Barcelona - Tel Aviv: 06.00 - 11.25
Tel Aviv - Barcelona: 12.25 - 16.00
The flights, now available, start with a starting price of 99.90 euros in the way Barcelona - Tel Aviv, and 87.80 euros in the opposite direction.
A total of 382,000 passengers have used the Barcelona - Tel Aviv route in the last twelve months (until August 31 this year), resulting in an annual increase of 1%. Norwegian will be the third operator on the route this winter season, along with Vueling and El Al.
27 destinations from Barcelona
Norwegian operates flights from Tel Aviv in connection with other routes (National, European, Middle East and transatlantic) on offer from its hub in El Prat Airport from where it already offers a total of 27 routes:
• 4 national routes: Bilbao, Palma, Tenerife North and Gran Canaria.
• 18 European routes: Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger and Trondheim in Norway, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, Stockholm and Gothenburg in Sweden, Copenhagen and Billund in Denmark, Berlin and Hamburg in Germany, Helsinki in Finland, Warsaw in Poland, Dubrovnik in Croatia and Reykjavik in Iceland (from November 2).
• 1 route to the Middle East: Tel Aviv in Israel (from 31 October).
• Four transatlantic routes: Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco / Oakland (from 5, 6 and 7 June respectively) and Miami / Fort Lauderdale (from August 22).
Growth of 72% in Barcelona, five times in the domestic market
Norwegian is, right now, the fastest growing airline in Barcelona. In the last twelve months (until Aug. 31), the company has transported 1.34 million passengers at El Prat, with a growth of 45%.
For the 2016/17 winter scheduling season, that will begin on Sunday, October 30, growth is expected even more: Norwegian will offer a total of 776,000 places in Barcelona, 72% more than in the previous winter.
Norwegian will offer up to four daily frequencies between Barcelona and Palma, three daily frequencies between Barcelona and Bilbao, a daily frequency to Tenerife and Gran Canaria with five weekly.
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Norwegian in Spain
• Norwegian operated its first flight in Spain in 2003 and today offers a total of 150 domestic and European routes and intercontinental both in fourteen Spanish airports, of which seven (Alicante, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Madrid, Malaga, Palma and Tenerife South) are operational bases of the company.
• Norwegian employs more than 1,200 people in Spain, including crew, staff and ground handling.
• Norwegian is the sixth largest airline in Spain, with 6.14 million passengers in the twelve months to August 2016 and an increase of 21%.
• Norwegian is the only airline based in Spain that offers free wifi on board their flights.
• With only 3.6 years of average age (1.9 years on its long-haul fleet), the Norwegian fleet is one of the youngest and respectful of the natural environment in the world.
The annual World Routes air service development forum was officially transferred to the city of Barcelona at a ceremony on 27th September in Chengdu, China.