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Brett Gibbons

Low-cost Spanish airline strengthens UK schedule with expansion of holiday routes

Low-cost carrier Vueling has strengthened its 2022 summer flying programme with five new routes from London Gatwick to Spanish destinations.

The new services mean Vueling operates 24 direct routes from the UK to Spain, France and Italy, as part of its ambitious international growth plans.

Anticipating strong customer demand for travel from the UK to Spain, Vueling has unveiled routes from Gatwick to the Andalusian cities of Seville, Granada and Malaga – the gateway to the Costa del Sol - as well as La Coruña in the region of Galicia, and Menorca, in the Balearic Islands.

The airline will continue to serve existing direct routes from London Gatwick to Barcelona, Bilbao, Valencia, Santiago de Compostela, Paris-Orly, Rome and Florence.

The carrier which operates from a further six UK airports will continue to operate direct flights from previous seasons such as Cardiff to Malaga, Alicante and Palma de Mallorca, and Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh to Barcelona; the airline's main operations hub.

Vueling will also continue to operate flights between Paris and Newcastle, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cardiff.

Carolyn Prowse, Chief Commercial, Strategy and Network Officer at Vueling, said: "We are very proud to announce the development of our international network from London Gatwick thanks to the coordination with British Airways which enables us to offer the best joint product from London to help grow our markets.

"This is particularly true after two very difficult years for tourism and aviation. This commitment from London Gatwick is in addition to our expanded operations from Paris Orly. Together, these two initiatives showcase how Vueling aims to help boost international markets this summer."

Vueling currently has a total of 320 routes on sale, including more than 220 international services. The low-cost carrier has been the leader in the Spanish domestic market since 2012 and today operates 100 routes with departures and arrivals in Spain. Thanks to the domestic travel demand in 2021, the airline continues its recovery with pre-pandemic levels of business.

Vueling has been recognised by aviation analyst Cirium as the most punctual airline in Europe during 2021, with a punctuality rate of 92.13 per cent.

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