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Thursday, 8 November 2012

IAG (Iberia & BA) considering takeover bid for Vueling

It is being reported that International Airlines Group (which comprises Iberia and British Airways) is considering a bid for 100 per cent of 'low cost' Spanish airline Vueling. Iberia already holds a 45.85 per cent stake in Vueling.

With the announcement last month that Vueling will be adding many other routes, including London, this may become another viable carrier for UK/Spain traffic.

PS/ Looking at the Vueling website, it seems that the direct UK flights are from London (Heathrow) to A Coruna, Bilbao and Galicia, and from London (Gatwick) to Barcelona, so not of much practical use for those travelling to most of Mediterranean Spain, but it is still an interesting development and the sample flight Gatwick/Barcelona that I looked at seems to be very competitively-priced. Flights to A Coruna, Bilbao and Galicia are already in place, whereas flights to Barcelona commence in April 2013. (Note - I suspect the existing flights are code-sharing operations with Iberia, as these flights are from Heathrow Terminal 3 and it is inconceivable that it is a low-cost airline flying this route.)

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