Vueling to launch Toulouse base

9 Nov 2010 by BusinessTraveller

The low-cost carrier will launch flights from the southern French city to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Ibiza, Malaga, Paris, Pisa and Venice next year, as part of “a new phase of growth outside of Spain”.

The base will be Vueling’s first outside of Spain since it merged with Clickair (see online news June 23, 2009), with a launch date of late April 2011.

Vueling will compete with KLM on the Toulouse-Amsterdam route, Air France and Easyjet between Toulouse and Paris, and Iberia (which itself owns a 45 per cent stake in Vueling) on the Toulouse-Barcelona route. Four of the routes (Pisa, Venice, Ibiza and Malaga) are brand new services.

Commenting on the new base Vueling’s chairman Josep Piqué said:

“This move is strategic because it starts a new phase of growth outside of Spain that validates the work of years of preparation to compete in the European market.

“It is symbolic because it is the first base located in a thriving region, adjacent to Catalonia, which reaffirms the Euro-Mediterranean vocation of our company.”

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Report by Mark Caswell

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