Vueling’s Barcelona Airport network to pass 110 destinations next summer; faces competition on over 60 routes

Vueling’s Barcelona base continues to grow. This year it added 35 new destinations from the airport (passing 100 in total), including Oslo, one of 24 routes on which it will face competition from two carriers next summer; in this case Norwegian and SAS. Next summer will see the addition of 13 more destinations, with three destinations being dropped, taking the total to 114 destinations.

In the summer of 2009, Ryanair’s London Stansted base became the first in Europe to serve more than 100 destinations with non-stop low-cost flights. This summer that achievement was matched by easyJet at London Gatwick, and Vueling in Barcelona. According to Ryanair’s website it currently offers flights to 128 destinations from Stansted, including the 12 new routes it announced recently. However, Vueling’s Barcelona base is catching up with the IAG-owned Spanish LCC recently announcing further additions to its main base, and taking the number of destinations served to 114 next summer. Between summer 2011 and summer 2013 the airline increased its network from Barcelona from 44 destinations to 104.

Vueling in Barcelona 2004-2014 Number of destinations served

Source: Innovata / Diio Mi

According to Aena statistics, Vueling handled 10.48 million passengers at Barcelona in 2012, up 35% on its 2011 figure, as the airline took advantage of the collapse of Spanair in early 2012. In 2011, Spanair was the second busiest airline in Barcelona with 4.33 million passengers. In 2012, the next biggest carriers at Barcelona were Ryanair (5.19 million) and easyJet (3.08 million), followed by Iberia (just 1.40 million). In the first 10 months of 2013, Vueling has carried 10.43 million passengers through the airport, followed by Ryanair (3.67 million) and easyJet (2.44 million).

13 destinations added for S14 – three dropped

So far Vueling has put on sale a further 13 new destinations for summer 2014. These include year-round services to Dakar, Jerez, Paris CDG, Porto, Leipzig and Warsaw, as well as seasonal flights (starting in June) to Bastia, Belgrade, Budapest, Donetsk, Kaliningrad, Kharkiv and Krakow. Dakar, at just under 3,500 kilometres is beaten only by Banjul (3,590 kilometres) in terms of sector length. However, three routes served this summer are not currently on-sale for next summer. Pamplona flights ended on 30 September, while services to Strasbourg (ends 5 January 2014) and Lille (ends 28 March 2014) appear to have underperformed. Other destinations that have been tried and found wanting from Barcelona are Ciudad Real, Groningen, Ljubljana, Southampton, Valencia and Verona.

Competition on 63 of 114 routes from Barcelona

Closer analysis of available schedule data for next summer reveals that Vueling will face direct competition on 63 of its 114 routes from Barcelona, while having a monopoly on the remaining 51 routes. The following table shows how many carriers Vueling is competing against on each route. The most recent impact was on Warsaw and Hamburg, two routes that Norwegian has revealed it will start operating next April. The Barcelona-Warsaw route will now be served by LOT, Norwegian, Vueling and Wizz Air, and joins Bucharest and London Gatwick as the most keenly contested markets served by Vueling from Barcelona.

Competing airlines
(number of routes)
4 (1) London Gatwick
3 (2) Bucharest, Warsaw
2 (24) Amsterdam, Berlin Tegel, Budapest, Casablanca, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Ibiza, Keflavik/Reykjavik, Madrid, Moscow Domodedovo, Nador, Oslo, Palma de Mallorca, Paris CDG, Porto, Prague, Sofia, Stockholm Arlanda, Tangier, Tel Aviv, Tenerife Norte, Valladolid, Vienna
1 (36) Algiers, Athens, Banjul, Bergen, Bologna, Brussels, Fez, Frankfurt, Fuerteventura, Gothenburg, Gran Canaria, Hannover, Helsinki, Jerez, Lanzarote, Lisbon, Luxembourg, Lyon, Malaga, Menorca, Milan Malpensa, Minsk, Munich, Nice, Oran, Paris Orly, Rome Fiumicino, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, St Petersburg, Stuttgart, Tenerife Sur, Turin, Zaragoza, Zurich
0 (51) A Coruna, Aalborg, Alicante, Almeria, Asturias, Bari, Bastia, Beirut, Belgrade, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Brest, Cagliari, Cardiff, Catania, Dakar, Donetsk, Dortmund, Dresden, Dubrovnik, Edinburgh, Florence, Genoa, Granada, Heraklion, Kaliningrad, Kharkiv, Kiev Zhulyany, Kos, Krakow, Leipzig, Malta, Marrakech, Marseille, Mykonos, Nantes, Naples, Nuremberg, Olbia, Palermo, Pisa, Rennes, Rhodes, San Sebastian, Santorini, Split, Stavanger, Tarbes/Lourdes, Toulouse, Venice, Vigo
Source: Innovata / Diio Mi w/c 11 August 2014


  1. Javier says:

    BCN-LIL will be on sale this coming Monday.
    SXB and PNA, you are right, underperformed.
    Director, Network Planning & Corporate Affairs

  2. FlyingFinn says:

    Actually BCN-HEL is served by two airlines in addition to Vueling: Finnair and Norwegian.

    • When we ran the analysis not all of Norwegian’s flights at Barcelona appear to have been in the system so we could only see the Finnair flights from Helsinki. That has now changed and indeed Norwegian also offers flights from the Finnish capital.

  3. BA6948 says:

    Vueling listed Tunis as a destination for next summer from Bracelona. Will that happen in the end?

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