Vueling commenced its fourth route to Birmingham on 23 October, from Malaga. The UK airport becomes the airline’s 25th route from the Spanish airport and second to the UK after Cardiff. Flown twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays), the airport pairing is already served by Monarch Airlines, Ryanair, Norwegian and Thomson Airways.
- Vueling has used the last seven days to commence additional flights from Malaga (AGP) and Marseille (MRS). The Spanish airport made a connection to its 25th destination, with the start of twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) services to Birmingham (BHX) – its second UK point, adding to existing flights to Cardiff. The 1,767-kilometre sector will face some intense competition, with Monarch Airlines (12 weekly services), Ryanair (eight), Norwegian (four) and Thomson Airways (two) being the incumbents. Vueling already serves Birmingham from Alicante, Barcelona and Tenerife South. From the French city the airline began flights to Algiers (ALG), and it joins Vueling’s other routes from Marseille – Barcelona, Malaga, Rome Fiumicino and Palma de Mallorca. With its daily operation, the sector immediately becomes the airline’s biggest route at the airport in terms of ASKs. In terms of competition, this is provided by Air Algérie (thrice-daily), Aigle Azur (daily) and Tassili Airlines (weekly). Vueling now serves Algiers from five airports, the other four all being in Spain. Both new routes started on 23 October and will be flown by the LCC’s A320 fleet.