Spanish Bank Holiday boosts weekend break demand

Last week’s analysis of Vueling’s operations from Paris highlighted the competitive nature of many of the routes served by the Spanish carrier from the French capital. The analysis overlooked the fact that Transavia’s joint venture with Air France is also competing on the Paris to Barcelona city pair by operating from Paris Orly to Barcelona Girona. This means that there are four low-cost carriers competing for traffic between two of Europe’s most appealing and cultured cities (as well as Air France and Iberia).

This week, anna.aero’s exclusive farewatch looks at LCC fares on offer in both directions on this route for a two-week period. As expected, Ryanair is consistently the cheapest (operating between two secondary airports), followed by Transavia (operating from one secondary airport), easyJet and Vueling.

Chart: Paris to Barcelone - One way Fares
Source: Airline websites on Wednesday 3 October. All fares include taxes and fees.
Green shaded period is Saturday/Sunday. Average Vueling fare on Sunday 14 October was €314.

Fares on this route for Sunday 14 October are unexpectedly high. For flights in the opposite direction the ranking of airline pricing remains unchanged, though this time the unexpected peak for fares is on Thursday 11 October.

Chart: Paris to Barcelone - One way Fares
Source: Airline websites on Wednesday 3 October. All fares include taxes and fees.
Green shaded period is Saturday/Sunday

This can be explained by the fact that 12 October is an annual national holiday in Spain, which commemorates the day Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas. Falling on a Friday this year means that Spaniards have the chance for a late summer weekend break and many it seems are taking advantage of this for a quick trip to Paris.


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