Passengers using London Heathrow will soon be able to fly direct to Florence. From March 31 next year, Vueling will launch a daily service between Heathrow and Italy’s renaissance city.
Florence is already served from London Gatwick by Meridiana (code-shared with British Airways) and from London City (LCY) by CityJet (an Air France subsidiary).
This is the first time that our capital’s main airport has enjoyed non-stop service.
The new route will prove convenient for both business and leisure travellers seeing as Florence’s tiny Peretola airport is located only a short distance from the city centre.
Most flights bound for “Florence” actually arrive into Pisa some 50 miles away.
The new Heathrow route is part of the Spanish low-cost carrier’s aim of establishing a hub at Florence.
Right now, Vueling flies between Florence, Paris Orly, Barcelona and Madrid. But from March 22 it will begin adding services to Berlin Tegel (four flights a week), Copenhagen (four flights a week), Hamburg (three flights a week) and London Heathrow (daily).
All flights are rostered for an A319. The plane type is important because Florence Peretola shares some of the characteristics of LCY. Its short runway and nearby Apennine Mountain range hamper take-off performance. Because only a few aircraft types can use Peretola (as is the case with LCY) most other carriers prefer to arrive at far away Pisa.
Fares are yet to be advised. At the time of writing Vueling’s website had not been updated with the new routes listed above.
For more information visit vueling.com.
Report by Alex McWhirter