Leading Spanish low cost airline Vueling has announced it will start scheduled services from Leeds Bradford Airport to its major hub in Barcelona from next spring.
Vueling will operate twice weekly flights on a Monday and a Friday to LBA, with the flight schedule also allowing passengers to take advantage of weekend break opportunities in the Spanish city
Tony Hallwood, aviation development director of LBA said: “We welcome the addition of Vueling as LBA’s newest carrier and this announcement is great news for Yorkshire and the Leeds City region. With great customer service and competitive fares the airline will be welcomed by both business and leisure travellers. We expect that Leeds will become a popular destinations for inbound Spanish visitors as LBA becomes a new UK gateway for the airline.”
From March 28 2016, flights on Mondays and Fridays will depart LBA at 9.15am and return flights leave Barcelona at 7am.
Friday flights from June to September will depart at a later schedule of 3.40pm and return from Barcelona at 1.10pm.
Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council said: “We look forward to welcoming Vueling Airlines to Leeds and we expect their new service from Barcelona will deliver a significant increase in the number of Spanish visitors to our city in 2016. This direct air service into the heart of our region will allow quick access to a wide range of visitor attractions is great news for both the business and leisure sectors.”
Gerald Jennings, President Leeds Chamber of Commerce also welcomed the news. He said: “Like the Leeds City Region, Barcelona has a strong manufacturing base with many shared sector strengths in automotive, chemical production and textiles. Allied to this both regions have very strong finance and digital sectors supported by internationally recognised higher education institutions. With greater and more convenient connectivity to one of Europe’s most exciting cities I am hopeful that this will encourage new and greater trade links, more opportunities for collaboration and the opening up of supply chains.”
Vueling part of the International Airlines Group (IAG), has its largest Spanish base at Barcelona and flies to over 130 destinations.
Leeds Bradford® flights to Barcelona are now on sale at www.vueling.com