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It is perhaps too early to speculate about which new European departure airports LEVEL will fly from after starting at Barcelona considering LEVEL is still not up in the air.
However, anna.aero has already done that so the speculation can start.
“LEVEL launches four routes from Barcelona base; will Fiumicino and Orly be next?”
Their conclusions are based on the number of Vueling flights/seats into those airports to provide the feed for the long-distance flights. Rome and Paris are Vueling´s biggest destinations after Barcelona.
Those starting `points provoked me to think about what will happen in connection with “Open Skies”(at Orly) and “Meridiana” (at Rome). “Open Skies” has been going nowhere except New York for many years now so one questions its future. Would it not be a good opportunity to merge it into LEVEL?
“Meridiana” is 49% owned by Qatar Airways (which in turn owns 20% of IAG). I cannot see this airline remaining on its own. It cannot be taken over by Qatar (because Qatar is not European) but yes could be folded into IAG. It offers its own Italian domestic network (for feeds) and a large number of (mostly) leisure routes long distance both east and west. It looks to be a good candidate for LEVEL to take over.
But then we will just have to wait and see.