More than 3.6 million users passed through the facilities.
As regards operations, 26,883 movements were carried out last month, representing an increase of 1.4% over 2014. From January to May, there have been a total of 109,329 landings and take-offs, 1.5% more than last year.
Finally, 9,666 tonnes of cargo were transported in May, a figure 10.2% higher than the same month in 2014, highlighting the increase in non-EU international market which grew 19.6% in this month. In the year to date, 45,592 tonnes of cargo have been reached, representing an increase of 9%.
Vueling is consolidating its routes to the Greek Islands of Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, Rhodes and Kos, and adding more islands with departures from Rome to Karpathos, Lesbos, Lemnos, Samos, Cephalonia, Zakynthos and Lampedusa.
Vueling, the busiest airline at Barcelona-El Prat airport, will connect its entire network to 35 islands this summer, more than any other European carrier.
Among the innovations for July and August are twice-weekly services from Barcelona to the Portuguese island of Madeira, known as “the Pearl of the Atlantic”. In the same months Vueling will fly twice weekly to the island of Yerba, off the coast of Tunisia; once a week to the white beaches and crystalline waters of Sal, in Cape Verde –the airline’s longest route to date, at 3,900 km; and up to twice weekly to Corfu, the Greek island just of the Albania coast. The four new routes amount to an 8% increase in Vueling’s island-bound air seats available this summer.
The airline will also fly direct from Barcelona to another 24 popular island destinations this summer, including Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, Rhodes, and Kos in Greece; Palermo, Catania, Cagliari and Olbia in Italy; Larnaca in Cyprus; Bastia in Corsica, and Malta. Deserving especial mention are the Spanish Balearic Islands of Majorca, Minorca and Ibiza, with up to 10, 12 and 12 daily frequencies respectively; and to Tenerife (north and south), Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and La Palma in the Canary Islands.
On the www.vueling.com website, phone app, mobile platform, or from travel agencies you can now book flights to the islands, starting at these low prices: Barcelona-Mykonos, from 52,27£; Barcelona-Corfu, from 52,27£; Barcelona-Madeira, from 45,21£; Barcelona-Ibiza, from 27,54£;
Seven More Islands from Rome-Fiumicino
Meanwhile, from its second hub at Rome-Fiumicino, Vueling is offering exclusive weekly trips to the Carpathian Islands, Lesbos, Lemnos, and Samos in July and August; to Cephalonia and Zakynthos, with two weekly frequencies in the same period, and Lampedusa, also with three flights a week in July and August. Passengers departing from Barcelona can book their luggage through to their island destinations before making a quick change at Rome-Fiumicino.
Vueling, la aerolínea europea que ofrece más destinos en islas este verano
La compañía conectará Barcelona con un total de 28 islas, entre las que destacan Madeira, Yerba, Cabo Verde y Corfú como novedades para este año
Vueling consolida sus rutas a las islas griegas de Mykonos, Santorini, Creta, Rodas y Kos, y añade siete islas más desde Roma a Kárpatos, Lesbos, Lemnos, Samos, Cefalonia, Zákinthos y Lampedusa
Vueling, la aerolínea líder en el Aeropuerto de Barcelona-El Prat, conectará toda su red con un total de 35 islas, lo que la convierte en la aerolínea europea que más destinos en islas ofrecerá la próxima temporada de verano 2015.
Entre las novedades desde El Prat se incluyen cuatro rutas directas a Madeira, también conocida como ‘La Perla del Atlántico’, en Portugal, y que contará con dos frecuencias semanales en los meses de julio y agosto; Yerba, situada frente a la costa del noroeste de África, en Túnez, a la que se podrá volar dos veces por semana también en los dos meses de mayor demanda; Sal, en Cabo Verde, una isla de arena blanca y aguas cristalinas que contará con una frecuencia semanal durante los meses de julio y agosto –la ruta más larga operada por Vueling, con 3.900 kilómetros de distancia-; y Corfú, isla griega situada a tan solo 20 kilómetros de la costa albanesa y a la que se podrá volar hasta dos veces por semana en los meses centrales del verano. Con estas cuatro nuevas rutas la compañía incrementa su oferta de asientos desde Barcelona a destinos en islas un 8% este verano, conectando El Prat con un total de 28 islas.
Además de estas novedades, Vueling también conecta Barcelona con otros 24 destinos con una alta demanda durante el verano. Entre ellos destacan: Mykonos, Santorini, Creta, Rodas y Kos en Grecia; Palermo, Catania, Cagliari y Olbia en Italia; Lárnaca en Chipre; Bastia en Córcega (Francia) o Malta. Mención especial también para las islas nacionales, tan consolidadas en la red de destinos de la compañía: Palma de Mallorca, Menorca e Ibiza en las Islas Baleares –que contarán con hasta 10, 12 y 12 frecuencias diarias respectivamente-; Tenerife (norte y sur), Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura y La Palma en el archipiélago canario.
A través de la página web de Vueling (www.vueling.com), App, portal móvil y agencias de viajes pueden adquirirse ya los vuelos para este verano: Barcelona-Mykonos, desde 74,99€; Barcelona-Corfú, desde 74,99€; Barcelona-Madeira, desde 64,99€; o Barcelona-Ibiza, desde 39,99€.
Siete islas más desde Roma-Fiumicino
Por otro lado, Vueling añade también vuelos directos durante los meses de julio y agosto a las islas griegas de Kárpatos, Lesbos, Lemnos, Samos, Cefalonia y Zákinthos en exclusiva desde su segundo hub en el Aeropuerto de Roma-Fiumicino. La compañía operará también vuelos a Lampedusa, con tres frecuencias semanales también en julio y agosto. Los pasajeros con origen en distintos puntos de Europa podrán volar a estas islas haciendo escala en el aeropuerto romano y recogiendo la maleta directamente en el destino final.
Vueling incrementará también su operativa hacia islas desde toda Italia, ofreciendo 20 destinos directos desde seis aeropuertos del país transalpino: Catania, Génova, Turín, Florencia, Milán y además de la ya citada, Roma-Fiumicino.
Miami – The International Air Transport Association (IATA), announced a new initiative to optimize the accommodation of carry-on bags given differing carry-on bag sizes and airline policies.
Working with airline members of IATA and aircraft manufacturers, an optimum size guideline for carry-on bags has been agreed that will make the best use of cabin storage space. A size of 55 x 35 x 20 cm (or 21.5 x 13.5 x 7.5 inches) means that theoretically everyone should have a chance to store their carry-on bags on board aircraft of 120 seats or larger.
An “IATA Cabin OK” logo to signify to airline staff that a bag meets the agreed size guidelines has been developed. A number of major international airlines have signaled their interest to join the initiative and will soon be introducing the guidelines into their operations.
“The development of an agreed optimal cabin bag size will bring common sense and order to the problem of differing sizes for carry-on bags. We know the current situation can be frustrating for passengers. This work will help to iron out inconsistencies and lead to an improved passenger experience,” said Tom Windmuller, IATA’s Senior Vice President for Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security.
IATA is working with baggage tracking solutions provider Okoban to manage the approval process of bag manufacturers. Each bag meeting the dimensions of the specifications will carry a special joint label featuring IATA and Okoban as well as a unique identification code that signals to airline staff that the bag complies with the optimum size guidelines.
Several major baggage manufacturers have developed products in line with the optimum size guidelines, and it is expected bags carrying the identifying label will start to reach retail shops later this year. Recognition of the IATA Cabin OK logo is expected to grow with time as more airlines opt-in to this IATA initiative.
A colourful light show accompanied by music and euphoric players caps a historic season for FC Barcelona.
By all measures, it was a proper party to cap a record season for FC Barcelona. The team arrived at Camp Nou after a majestic parade through the streets of Barcelona that brought together thousands of fans to celebrate the La Liga, Spanish Cup and Champions League titles attained after ten months of competition.
A fabulous intro with children going to bed and dreaming of Barça, videos showing the best goals of the season, and a colourful laser light show, set to music that wowed both the 70,000 attendees assembled at the stadium and the team out on the pitch.
One by one, public address announcer Manel Vich presented the members of the staff and the players, with Messi, Sergio, Iniesta and Xavi, the four captains, coming out last. The ceremony lacked only one player — the goalkeeper Claudio Bravo who, on Thursday, will begin the Copa América.
Down on the field, Luis Enrique was the first to address the fans, followed by Xavi, acting as emcee.
There were words to suit everyone: from Iniesta and Messi transmitting their satisfaction to the euphoria unleashed by Pique, the excitement of Alves, Pedro's perfect Catalan and Ter Stegen's Spanish.
Close to midnight, the team ended the celebration with a final victory lap and an impressive fireworks show.
Aena announced (11-May-2015) the relaunch of a special check-in system for cruise passengers arriving at Barcelona El Prat Airport. Air France-KLM , British Airways and Iberia have 14 counters in T1 designated to checking-in the luggage of passengers arriving to Barcelona by cruise ship then travelling by air to other destinations. Passengers arriving at the Port of Barcelona have shuttle buses to transport them directly to the airport. The initiative will last until 30-Oct-2015
Emirates Airline has posted a 40% full-year profit increase, rising to AED4.6 billion ($1.3 billion), and is confident it will continue to succeed despite the recent Gulf carrier backlash.
Revenue rose 7% to reach AED88.8 billion—a record-high—while operating costs widened by 6%. Fuel costs fell 7% to AED28.7 billion, representing 35% of the airline’s expenses, compared with 39% in the prior year.
Announcing the results via webcast from Dubai on Thursday morning, Emirates Group chairman and CEO Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said the airline posted a “healthy” 5.1% margin, 1.2 percentage points up on last year, a level not seen since 2010-11. This was, he said, a “strong result” in a challenging year.
An 80-day runway closure at Emirates’ Dubai International hub, which grounded 19 Emirates aircraft, cut capacity 9% and had an AED1.6 billion impact on group revenues. Adverse dollar exchange rates caused a further AED1.5 billion hit.
However, Emirates’ growth meant it was able to overcome these obstacles and deliver a record year for revenue and passenger numbers. Al Maktoum said this was because of Emirates’ continued investment in new technology and the customer experience.
“This shows a strong consumer preference for Emirates’ products and services,” he said. “Our position has always been clear. We embrace competition. It is good for the industry, good for consumers and good for us. We have to stay ahead of the competition, that’s why we invest so much of our profit back into the business,” Al Maktoum said.
He added that US opposition will “not stop us.” Emirates, he said, has been very transparent on its finances and he believes, ultimately, US carriers value the benefits of open skies. “Many airlines have to really improve their service if they want people to fly with them.”
Emirates invested over AED73 million in free Wi-Fi connectivity last year and, by March 31, 107 of its aircraft were equipped. As a whole, the group invested AED20.2 billion back into its companies, down from AED22 billion in the prior year.
Passenger numbers rose 11% to hit 49.3 million, absorbing 9% year-on-year capacity growth. “For the first time in the airline’s history, Emirates’ total passenger and cargo capacity crossed the 50 billion mark, to 50.8 billion ATKMs at the end of the financial year, cementing its position as the world’s largest international airline,” Emirates said.
This pushed its average load factor to 79.6%, up from 79.4% last year. Yield fell to 8.1 US dollar cents because of the weakening of all major currencies against the US dollar.
Emirates received 24 new aircraft during the year, including 12 Airbus A380s, 10 Boeing 777-300ERs and two 777Fs, bringing its total fleet to 231. It used this extra capacity to launch five new passenger destinations: Abuja, Brussels, Budapest, Chicago, Oslo and four new additional freighter-only destinations: Atlanta, Basel, Mexico City and Ouagadougou.
In the current 2015-16 financial year, Emirates has announced the launch of two new routes—Denpasar and Orlando—as well as capacity upgrades.
“Looking ahead, the ongoing uncertainty for many currencies and economic markets around the world will continue to pose a challenge, as will the looming threat of protectionism in some countries. However, we move into the new financial year with confidence, and a strong foundation for continued profitability. We will continue on our journey of steady and rational growth,” Al Maktoum said.
Barcelona (ACN).- The Spanish Government have announced that construction work for the train shuttle connecting Terminal 1 of Barcelona El Prat Airport to the city centre will kick off "in a few weeks", after many years of delay. The statement was made on Thursday by Spanish Deputy Prime Minister, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, after the weekly Cabinet meeting. The new train shuttle will carry travellers between T1, the newest and busiest terminal, to Barcelona's Sants Station in 19 minutes, making a stop at Terminal 2. According to the Deputy PM, the Spanish Ministry of Transport plans "a more-than-€200 million" investment in the project. Santi Vila, the Catalan Minister for Planning and Sustainability, described the announcement as "excellent news". An estimated 7 to 9 million people are expected to use the train shuttle each year.
The Spanish Ministry for Public Works and Transport plans a €220 million investment through a public-private formula, Sáenz de Santamaría explained. Initially, the Spanish Government will be in charge of the works related to the construction of the tunnels and other basic infrastructure such as platforms. Later, a tender will be put out to find the company which will build the tracks, the security, and electrical systems, and operate the service.
According to the Catalan Minister for Planning and Sustainability, the Spanish Government's announcement is "excellent news", allowing the work to finally start in a few weeks, after many years of delay. Santi Vila also stressed that the request for tender for the second phase of the work could mean the end of the monopoly of Renfe (Spain's publicly-owned train operator) on the short-distance railway network, unless indeed the company wins the tender.
The Spanish Deputy PM said that the main construction project had already been drafted and awarded to a construction company but could not proceed due to a lack of budget, paid by the Spanish Transport Ministry. The agreement reached on Thursday allows the Spanish Government to free up the project as technical assistance now passes into Adif's hands (a State-owned company managing railway infrastructures and belonging to the Spanish Transport Ministry).
The shuttle train will connect Sants Station to T1 of Barcelona airport in 19 minutes
The shuttle train will connect Sants Station with the two airport terminals (T1 and T2) in 19 minutes, reducing by more than half the time needed to reach T1 from the city's main station. The project will involve the construction of at least two "complex and expensive tunnels", the Spanish Deputy PM stressed.
At present, there is no access to T1 by train, as the local train line only goes to the old T2 terminal, where passengers have to take a shuttle service bus between the two terminals. For this reason, most of the passengers arriving at the new Terminal 1 – which is the busier of the two – arrive by the Aerobus shuttle from Catalunya and Espanya Squares. Meanwhile, Barcelona Metro’s Line 9 should also link the two terminals with the city centre by February 2016, but the duration of the journey by metro will be 41 minutes from the Catalunya Square area.