Airport recovers almost all international destinations, Barcelona's Chamber of Commerce says

United Airlines launches new daily non-stop seasonal route to Chicago

A Vueling aircraft at Barcelona airport on November 10, 2021
A Vueling aircraft at Barcelona airport on November 10, 2021 / Eloi Tost

ACN | @agenciaacn | Barcelona

May 26, 2023 02:07 PM

May 26, 2023 04:33 PM

Barcelona El Prat airport has recovered almost all its international destinations before the Covid-19 pandemic, as Barcelona's Chamber of Commerce said on Friday.

Currently, there are 46 out of the 47 destinations, but overall there are 8% fewer frequencies than in 2019.

This summer's main routes are to the United States, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada. However, the chamber of commerce highlights the Asian destinations as Barcelona will be connected to Beijing with three weekly flights and seven to Seoul.

But one of the main urgencies is to recover the destinations of Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Lima.

There are 587,994 seats available for flying to the US during the summer season, 19% less than in 2019, but the seasonal destinations return, such as Philadelphia, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, and Washington.

The airport has also seen 84 out of the 103 airlines operating after the Covid-19 pandemic, with Vueling taking 66% of the domestic flights and 38% of the European ones.

There are 18,000,000 plane seats, an increase compared to 2021 but still 9% lower than in 2019.

Chicago O'Hare

On Friday, United Airlines launched its new non-stop route to Chicago O'Hare. The first flight landed at the Catalan capital for the first time, ahead of the season that will finish at the end of September.

The route will see daily flights leaving Chicago O'Hare at 9:25 pm, reaching Barcelona at 12:50 pm the following day, leaving from Catalonia at 2:50 pm, and reaching the US at 5:50 pm (local time).

UA also offers flights to New York's Newark airport and a seasonal flight to Washington DC.

The route will use a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner with 243-passenger capacity.