Qatar Airways has signed a code-share partnership with Vueling Airlines, offering passengers enhanced travel across Europe from today.
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Qatar Airways passengers can now connect with ease to 67 popular routes of Vueling Airlines’ extensive network.
Vueling Airlines flies to 24 destinations in Spain, 16 in Italy and four in Portugal, in addition to a number of destinations in France, Croatia, Germany, Malta, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic.
The new partnership will allow seamless connectivity via the airlines’ common gateways of Barcelona El Prat and Rome Fiumicino. Qatar Airways operates double-daily flights between both cities and its state-of-the-art hub, Hamad International Airport in Doha, linking Vueling Airlines’ European network with Qatar Airways’ global network of more than 150 destinations.
Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker, said: “Our new code-share agreement with Vueling Airlines will allow even greater opportunities for passengers across Europe to connect to the global Qatar Airways network.
“Code-share partnerships and airline alliances continue to play an important role for Qatar Airways.
“The further addition of these code-share routes will offer an enhanced and unrivalled global network and improves our competitive offering.”
The new code-share agreement, which builds upon the interline agreement signed between the two carriers in October 2014, is effective immediately and bookings can be made via Qatar Airways from today.
Vueling Airlines chairman, Javier Sánchez-Prieto, said: “There are increasingly closer ties between Qatar Airways and Vueling, and this agreement will enable passengers from both airlines to benefit from the flexibility and convenience provided by the code-share on different European and Middle Eastern routes.”