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.
Report by Mark Caswell