Vueling ventures into Germany; new Berlin route from Madrid one of three new routes starting this winter
Vueling has launched two new daily routes from its Madrid (MAD) base to Amsterdam (AMS) and Berlin Tegel (TXL). The Amsterdam route is technically a re-launch since the airline served the route between February 2006 and March 2008. Berlin is a new destination for Vueling and the airline will ‘compete’ with shareholder Iberia which operates the route with three daily flights. The Amsterdam route is much more keenly contested with Air Europa (13 weekly flights), easyJet (12 weekly flights), Iberia (28 weekly flights) and KLM (35 weekly flights) all competing for passengers. Another new route launched this week is a double-daily service between Paris Orly (ORY) and Zurich (ZRH). Competition on this route is provided by Air France and Swiss who both operate over 40 weekly flights from Paris CDG to Zurich. Vueling recently reported that it carried 1.26 million passengers in September, an increase of 21.6% over last September, on a fleet of 48 Airbus narrowbody aircraft. During the last week, the airline has announced that it will be launching a massive 13 new routes from its Barcelona base next summer including Aalborg (Denmark), Cardiff (United Kingdom) and Groningen (Netherlands). For more details, click here.