BA and Vueling launch interline agreement

BA customers arriving at Barcelona’s El Prat airport will be able to interline onto any of 74 routes offered by low-cost carrier Vueling, following an agreement between the two carriers.

BA’s merger partner Iberia owns a major stake in Barcelona-based Vueling, so the move makes sense. 

But note that according to the press release interlining will only be possible on flight purchases made through travel agents – something which may not be convenient for the individual traveller used to booking directly online.

Vueling currently serves 74 destinations from Barcelona El Prat airport, and saw a total of 700,000 connecting passengers at the airport during 2011, with a goal of reaching one million this year. The carrier says it “expects to sign between two to four new agreements with other airlines” during 2012.

The airline is itself operating a total of nine UK routes this summer: London Heathrow to Bilbao, Galicia, La Coruna and Vigo; Cardiff to Barcelona, Palma and Alicante; and Southampton and Edinburgh to Barcelona.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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  • One detail:

    The total of UK routes should read 8, not 9.

    GALICIA is the region where La Coruña and Vigo are. So that is repetition.

    I have never understood why it has taken BA so long to interline (why not codeshare?) with Vueling when it is almost a subsidiary of IAG. Iberia has been codeshareing with Vueling for years.

    To go from Phoenix to Bilbao, it is ridiculous to travel through Madrid or Barcelona when a direct line exists from LHR to BIO.

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