Vueling: A bit of history
The history of Vueling (IATA:VY & ICAO:VLG) or Vueling Airlines S.A., a low cost airline from Spain part of the IAG Group, kicks off in July 2004 with an initial flight from Barcelona to Ibiza. This was the beginning of a successful story that has led this low cost airline to be part of one of the biggest groups in aviation and carry over 8 million passengers every year across more than 136 destinations in Europe and North of Africa.
Some of the key dates within the history of Vueling are:
- July 2004: First flight of the new low cost airline based in Barcelona.
- 2005: Madrid airport is added as a second base.
- June 2007: Apax Partners, one of the main shareholders from the beginning, sold its 21% stake in the airline due to two profit warnings.
- June 2008: Vueling and Clickair, another low cost airline and its main rival, announced their intention to merge.
- July 2009: Vueling and Clickair finally merged and agreed all Clickair planes would be rebranded as Vueling. The new airline became the second largest airline in Spain carrying 8.2 million passengers to more than 50 destinations in 2009.
- April 2011: Vueling opens new bases at Toulouse Airport and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
- March 2012: Vueling opens a new based at Rome Fiumicino Airport.
- December 2012: Vueling opens a new based at Florence Airport.
- July 2016: The Spanish authorities opened an investigation on Vueling following a number of cancellations and delays over the weekend of July 2016.
- October 2016: Vueling closes down bases in Brussels, Catania and Palermo.
- March 2017: Vueling cancelles the route from Barcelona to Frankfurt.
Vueling is the largest airline in Spain taking into account number of destinations and fleet size, the second largest airline in Spain taking into account passenger numbers carried in Spanish territory, just behind the all mighty Ryanair.
Although Vueling was born to operate as a low cost airline, following the bankruptcy of Spanair, one of Vueling´s competitors in Spain, and due to the growth of Ryanair in Barcelona, the current Vueling operates as a hybrid in between a traditional airline with some components of a low cost carrier.
Vueling: The most relevant
Vueling is, with Norwegian, one of the two low cost airlines in Europe that operate connecting flights. As part of IAG, one of the largest groups in aviation formed by British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, LEVEL and Vueling, all customers can get access to hundreds to routes operated by any of the member of IAG or oneworld alliance.
The decision to choose Vueling for your next flight must also take into account these factors:
- Vueling is a 3 STAR AIRLINE by SKYTRAX.
- Vueling has been named the Best Low Cost Airline in Spain, the 5th Best Low Cost Airline in Europe and the 15th Best Low Cost Airline in the World on the World Airline Awards 2019.
- Vueling´s punctuality must improve as the average delay on 2018 31 minutes.