clickair is launching new flights from London Gatwick to Vigo - the first ever direct flights from the UK to Spain’s Pontevedra province in South Galicia.Three times weekly (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) Airbus A320 flights to Vigo will commence on 21 June with seats already on sale at www.clickair.com, starting from �35 one way (�30.00) including all taxes.
The decision to commence these flights follows the ratification last week of an agreement between the Foundation Provigo, the city’s Mayor, the head of the Galician Regional Government’s Tourism Authority and clickair. It is hoped the route will support 60,000 passengers in its first year, taking the number of passengers travelling through Vigo’s expanding international Peinador Airport to 1.5 million passengers during 2008.
Significant investment has been made to the infrastructure of Peinador Airport by AENA, the Spanish airport operator, in readiness for service start. Vigo, the largest city in Galicia with a population of 300,000, is attracting an increasing number of business travellers and tourists. The area’s traditional shipbuilding and fisheries activity coexists with a rich history and culture that predates the Roman conquest.
A major natural harbor, Vigo is also a traditional port-of-call for British commercial vessels and sailing yachts after crossing the Bay of Biscay en route to the coasts of North Africa, Gibraltar or the Canary Islands. Unlike other Galician towns, Vigo enjoys high summer temperatures and milder winters owing to the influence of the warm-water Gulf Stream current. The region also boasts beautiful beaches and a very cosmopolitan outlook.
“This important new link will greatly improve the competitiveness of our businesses and the quality of life of our citizens,” said Ruben Lopez, Managing Director of Foundation Provigo. He highlighted its start would not have been possible without the unanimous support of all the members of the Board Trustees of the Foundation Provigo, headed by the Mayor of the city of Vigo, Abel Caballero and Councillor for Tourism, Santiago Dominguez. He praised clickair, the country’s forward thinking, innovative airline for becoming the first to connect Vigo with the UK.