International Airlines Group-owned Vueling will pay £4.5 million for the slots in two tranches, the first being receivable in the next few days. Flybe in 2013 sold several slots at Gatwick to easyJet for £20 million as it sought to rationalise its operations.
Flights on Level can now be booked via the website of its sister airline Vueling in addition to flylevel.com. Customers from across Vueling’s 137 European destinations can book flights to the airline’s home base at Barcelona which connect onto Level’s long-haul network with a single ticket.
Travelport has signed a new agreement with Vueling, which sees the Spanish low-cost airline sign up for Travelport’s industry leading airline merchandising solution, Travelport Rich Content & Branding. The agreement continues Travelport’s long standing relationship with Vueling, and parent company International Airlines Group, and demonstrates the value the airline sees in Travelport’s innovative merchandising and retailing technology.
British Airways and Vueling continue to forge closer ties as the Barcelona-based Spanish airline adds its flight code to more than 30 BA flights to Spain and Italy starting this autumn. This significant move for the two International Airlines Group airlines means that Vueling’s customers can book BA flights on routes to and from Gatwick and Heathrow airports.
Qatar Airways and Vueling have signed an interline agreement that will enable Qatar’s five-star national airline to increase the number of passengers to Europe, while strengthening Vueling’s hubs in Rome and Barcelona. The agreement will also improve trans-European traffic by providing passengers with an even greater range of options for long-haul connections.
British Airways customers will have access to new destinations and scores more routes when the airline adds its flight code to more than 170 Vueling services. This significant move for the two International Airlines Group airlines heralds the beginning of a closer relationship with more codeshare routes planned for the future.
Vueling, the Spanish low-cost carrier based in Barcelona, is to become part of International Airlines Group after the majority of its shareholders accepted IAG’s cash tender offer for the airline, following recommendation by the Vueling board. IAG’s subsidiary Iberia already owns 45.85 per cent of Vueling’s shares and Iberia’s board agreed not to tender them in the offer.
A plane operated by Spanish low-cost carrier Schiphol has been forced to make an emergency landing at Schiphol airport in the Netherlands are a security alert. Dutch F-16 fighter jets were scrambled to accompany the plane down after an apparent high-jacking, which later turned out to be a false alarm.