George Best Belfast City Airport has welcomed the arrival of its first flight from Barcelona operated by Vueling Airlines, one of Europe’s fastest growing airlines.
Owned by Willie Walsh’s International Airlines Group (IAG), the Spanish firm will operate a twice weekly service between Belfast City and its Barcelona El Prat base increasing to three times weekly from June 23.
Belfast City Airport is one of a few UK airports to be included within the Spanish airline’s ambitious growth strategy announced in late 2014.
“The arrival of Vueling to Northern Ireland is hugely exciting and significant given the airline’s fast paced growth and popularity in mainland Europe,” said Katy Best, commercial and marketing director at Belfast City Airport,
“As a low cost yet full service airline, Vueling places customer service at the centre of its operations and strategically selects airport partners which do the same.
“Not only is the airline the fastest growing member of IAG, but it is also one of the biggest low cost airlines in Europe carrying a high percentage of business passengers which makes it a perfect partner for Belfast City given our large business passenger base.
“In addition to the convenient access to Europe for business passengers, Barcelona is a very popular destination for tourists of all ages and presents a great opportunity to attract further inward tourism to the region.”