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The International Court of Justice has ruled in Qatar's favor over an international aviation boycott enacted in 2017. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ben Suskind)

Update: Qatar Denies Fifth Freedom Mexico City Routes

As international traffic is starting to show signs of a yet-sluggish recovery, airlines are doing their best to take advantage of opportunities available in the marketplace after the COVID-19 pandemic has produced a shake-up like never seen before in the airline industry. One of these companies is Qatar Airways, the ambitious Qatari-flag carrier that has continued to fly throughout the pandemic just after a four-year embargo on behalf of some of its neighbor countries that had caused major operational challenges.…

Vueling To Turn Barcelona Into an Innovation Hub

Many European airlines have received assistance funds during the last year to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. The European Union and various national governments gave those funds with strict conditions, often forcing the carriers to present restructuring plans. One of the beneficiaries of such loans has been Vueling, the Spanish low-cost…

Vueling Expands Scandinavian Route Network

Vueling, a low-cost carrier in Spain, announced a set of nine, new routes from popular coastlines and beach destinations in Spain like Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona to multiple Scandinavian destinations, including four new destinations.   Leisure From Scandinavia Primarily, the Spanish-carrier will add flights from its hub in Barcelona, to…

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…

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…