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The Mayor of Barcelona Proposes Ending All Flights to Madrid

The aviation world is in turmoil in Spain after the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, announced a few days ago that she will request Barcelona-El Prat Airport, the main airport of the Catalonian city, to terminate all flights to destinations that can be reached by train, thereby included the famous 'Puente Aereo,' the shuttle service between Barcelona and the Spanish capital Madrid. This is intended to reduce carbon emissions in the country since the high-speed train AVE (Alta Velocidad Española)…

WestJet Expands European Network with New Barcelona Flight

Calgary-based WestJet launched seasonal nonstop flights to Barcelona's El Prat Airport from its hub at Toronto on Friday, marking WestJet's fifth transatlantic service. Joining the list of the airline's mostly seasonal European operation, this is also the airline's first flight to Spain and the Iberian Peninsula. The new service will…

LEVEL Expands Low-Cost Transatlantic Flights to New York and Santiago

IAG’s low-cost subsidiary LEVEL announced plans to start new routes from its Spanish hub in Barcelona to New York and Santiago de Chile, according to RoutesOnline. Service to Santiago, the airline’s second South American destination following Buenos Aires, will begin in March, while service to New York will begin in…

WestJet Announces Route Expansion and Third Quarter Results

WestJet Airlines has announced a route expansion, along with financial results for the third quarter. The three new routes give Westjet two new transborder flights as well as a new destination in Europe. The third quarter saw WestJet return to profitability after reporting a loss in the second quarter. However,…

Etihad Announces New Service to Barcelona

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has announced it will start service to Barcelona beginning this November, becoming the airline’s second destination in Spain following service to Madrid. Etihad will begin operating the route five times a week with its Airbus A330 aircraft before moving to daily service in March of 2019.…

Aeromexico Drops Planned Barcelona Route, Cites Unfair Emirates Competition

Last week, Aeromexico rushed to announce the reopening of the Mexico City to Barcelona route, after the Mexican aviation authority denied Emirates the possibility to operate a Dubai-Mexico route with a fifth freedom stop in Barcelona. While accusations of protectionism and unfair privilege for Mexico's flag carrier grew, the communications…

Mexican Authorities Block Emirates’ Fifth Freedom for Barcelona Stop

In a largely expected ruling, the Mexican Transportation and Communications Committee (SCT) and the consortium administering Mexico City International Airport denied the request for fifth freedom rights that Emirates Airline filed for a route between Dubai and Mexico City, including a stop in Barcelona, Spain. The ruling prohibits Emirates to…

Low-Cost Airlines Crossing the Pond: LEVEL

Since the introduction of numerous low-cost airlines to the transatlantic market, access to Europe has never been easier or cheaper. New fuel-efficient aircraft and low-cost business models have allowed for increased competition among low-cost carriers, with more and more starting up every year. This series will serve to give an in-depth…

LEVEL Lands a New Hub In Paris

From July 2018, the International Airlines Group (IAG) will launch new flights from Paris to Montreal, Newark, Guadeloupe, and Martinique under thr brand LEVEL, the company’s low-cost long-haul brand. LEVEL was founded in early 2017 by IAG partly in reaction to low-cost long-haul carriers such as Norwegian Air Shuttle, who…

American Launches New Seasonal Routes to Amsterdam, Barcelona and Rome

On Friday, American Airlines launched three new daily seasonal routes from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The Dallas-Fort Worth-based carrier will fly to Amsterdam, Rome, and Barcelona until September 30. The new routes are scheduled as follows: AA240 will depart DFW at 1:35 p.m. local time…