Vueling announces French base; further foreign bases to follow Toulouse

Vueling’s chairman Josep Piqué said: “This move is strategic because it starts a new phase of growth outside of Spain that validates the work of years of preparation to compete in the European market” as the airline announced its Toulouse base.

Vueling, which already has a non-Spanish base at Paris Orly, has announced its intention to further expand its French operations by basing one A320 in Toulouse, which is an entirely new airport for the airline.

So far this year, traffic at Toulouse Blagnac Airport has increased a modest 1% on last year’s passenger figures. Air France currently dominates the airport with its 53% capacity share this winter, operating 13 routes non-stop. It is followed by a 19% share for runner-up easyJet, which serves Toulouse from 10 of its bases. Ranking third is Lufthansa, which only has a 6% share, making Vueling seize the opportunity to take on the dominant two.

From the end of April next year, Vueling’s aircraft will operate seven new routes to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Ibiza, Malaga, Paris, Pisa and Venice. As the airline currently operates to both Paris Orly and Charles de Gaulle, it is not clear which of the two Paris airports the airline will connect with Toulouse. Frequencies for the new routes are not yet known either.

At the press conference for the new Toulouse base, the airline also opened up for further bases outside of Spain. It remains to see if this expansion will take place in France or beyond.

Three of seven routes face competition

Destination Competition (WF*)
Amsterdam KLM (21)
Barcelona Iberia (6)
Paris ORY: Air France (140), easyJet (31)

CDG: Air France (42), easyJet (14)

Source: Vueling, OAG Schedules iNET for w/c 8 November 2010

*WF: Weekly Frequency


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