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Vueling positions itself for the first time on domestic flights in France

Vueling competes with Air France on domestic flights in France (photo: DR).
Vueling competes with Air France on domestic flights in France (photo: DR).
FRANCE / SPAIN. The airline company Vueling (€2.45 billion turnover in 2019 with 34.5 million passengers carried) will offer domestic flights in France.

Created in July 2004 with an inaugural flight between Barcelona and Ibiza, the Spanish low-cost airline announced on Tuesday 22 September 2020 that it would now serve the airports of Marseille, Brest and Montpellier from the Paris-Orly airport. Although it has been present on the French market since 2005, this is the first time it has set up operations to domestic destinations.

The first rotations will start on Friday, October 16, 2020 (until March 2021) with two return trips on Fridays and Sundays at a fare starting at €29 (including tax) per one-way trip. For the moment, Vueling intends to cater for leisure and weekend customers with 39,000 seats available.

With these three new flights, it will compete directly with Air France and its subsidiary, which will inherit all its domestic routes (except Marseille, Nice and Toulouse, which will remain under the Air France brand) on the French network.

Vueling, which has just changed its CEO to Marco Sansavini, belongs since April 2013 to the International Airlines Group (IAG), which also owns the airlines British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus and Level, which generated a turnover of €25.5 billion in 2019 by carrying 119 million passengers. In October 2020, the Barcelona-based Catalan airline will serve 33 routes from eight airports in France, including 24 from Paris-Orly, where it has positioned four aircraft.

The schedules of the new flights

Paris - Marseille
Departure on Friday at 5:35 pm - Arrival at 6:50 pm
Departure on Sunday at 5:40 pm - Arrival at 6:55 pm

Marseille - Paris
Departure on Friday at 7:25 pm - Arrival at 8:40 pm
Departure on Sunday at 7:30 pm - Arrival at 8:45 pm

Paris - Brest
Departure on Friday at 4:05 pm - Arrival at 5:05 pm
Departure on Sunday at 4:35 pm - Arrival at 5:35 pm

Brest - Paris
Departure on Friday at 5:40 pm - Arrival at 6:40 pm
Departure on Sunday at 6:10 pm - Arrival at 7:10 pm

Paris - Montpellier
Departure on Friday at 7:20 pm - Arrival at 8:30 pm
Departure on Sunday at 5:00 pm - Arrival at 6:10 pm

Montpellier - Paris
Departure on Friday at 9:05 pm - Arrival at 10:15 pm
Departure on Sunday at 6:45 pm - Arrival at 7:55 pm

Frédéric Dubessy

Wednesday, September 23rd 2020

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