Denmark’s third-biggest airport welcomes Vueling’s move and also reveals a “massive passenger increase” in April.
A direct route between Aalborg and Barcelona operated by Vueling has become a year-round connection, with winter departures every Saturday.
Aalborg Airport claims that the extension of the route “down to Spanish delights and cultural experiences” is “for the benefit of Danes, who enjoy city breaks”.
The direct flights between Aalborg and Barcelona have since 2012 been a part of the summer programme for Vueling, which is part of aviation giant International Airlines Group. Now they become year-round, with a winter capacity of 8,000 seats.
In summer, Vueling flies the route on Thursdays and Sundays until October, after which it is one weekly departure on Saturdays, from October 27.
“Barcelona is a fantastic city, where the many unique Spanish city experiences not only amaze in the summer but also in the winter months, [which is] why a year-round route is absolutely ideal,” says Søren Svendsen, chief executive of Aalborg Airport.
“It provides some brand new holiday opportunities for Danish travellers during the winter months – for example in connection with Christmas and New Year.”
He adds that a winter break in Barcelona offers shopping, museums, art, food and mild temperatures, as well the chance to combine the city with a skiing trip in the Pyrenees.
“We are very happy to offer the route between Aalborg and Barcelona for the first time in winter. We believe that this is the best way to celebrate the seventh consecutive year of operation at the Danish airport,” says Gabriel Schmilovich, director of network strategy and planning at Vueling.
Trends at Aalborg
Aalborg, Denmark’s third-biggest airport after Copenhagen and Billund, saw what it called a “massive passenger increase” of 14.1% in April year-on-year, due to continuing strong growth in international traffic as well as a rise in domestic traffic.
The record tally for the month was 127,586 passengers, including 72,883 domestic passengers flying SAS and Norwegian to and from Copenhagen, up 9.2%. Passengers flying internationally to and from Aalborg totalled 48,349, up 49.8%. But there was a 50.4% year-on-year fall in the number of charter passengers, a total of 6,344.