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New direct flights from Cardiff to Barcelona

Vueling, Spain’s leading low fare airline, has announced it is expanding its operations in the UK beyond London Heathrow, with the launch of a regular scheduled flight from Cardiff Airport to Barcelona, starting on March 27th 2012.

The route, initially operating three days a week by Airbus A320 aircraft and will operate Cardiff to Barcelona on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  This is the first direct service from the UK to Barcelona, Vueling’s home base.

The new flights offer a wealth of onward connections available via Vueling’s successful Barcelona Hub operations, currently accessing over 40 destinations in Europe and North-Africa, with full baggage through check-in from Cardiff Airport to final destination.

“We are delighted to be increasing our network with these flights from the principal destination Cardiff. They have been on the agenda for some time and we are delighted to add them to Vueling’s network,” said Vueling CEO Alex Cruz.

Meanwhile Patrick Duffy, Cardiff Airport’s Managing Director commented: “It is extremely pleasing to welcome a new airline and a new route to Cardiff Airport. The Vueling service can be of great benefit to the region as the airline will not only offer Welsh passengers the chance to visit one of Europe’s most famous cities but can also bring inbound passengers into Wales which will consequently benefit the Welsh economy. In a challenging economic climate it is very encouraging to see an airline consider trading in new markets.”

The announcement has also been welcomed by Wales’ Business Minister Edwina Hart who described it as good news for Cardiff Airport. Mrs Hart said: “This new route will open up new opportunities to develop and strengthen business and tourism links between Wales and Spain and we are hopeful other new routes will follow.”

The new route will appeal largely to travellers keen to explore the cultural and gastronomic delights of Barcelona and those connecting to Barcelona’s cruise port terminal for the start of their Mediterranean cruises.