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Barcelona El Prat Airport hosts the world’s third largest offer of low-cost airline seats

The Catalan capital’s airport is the world’s third largest centre for low-cost flights. Two thirds of the seats on offer from or to Barcelona El Prat Airport are managed by low-cost companies. All Europe’s main low-cost airlines fly to Barcelona. This confirms Barcelona’s tourist attractiveness. In addition, this type of air traffic has enabled the Catalan airport to become one of Europe’s main airports. For the first time, last August more passengers went through Barcelona El Prat than through Madrid-Barajas, which means El Prat was Spain’s main airport. This might be a key asset when low-cost airlines also operate transcontinental flights.

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27 September 2013 10:00 PM

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Barcelona (ACN).- The Catalan capital’s airport is the world’s third largest centre for low-cost flights, according to a study released this week by Barcelona’s Chamber of Commerce. Two thirds of the seats on offer from or to Barcelona El Prat Airport are managed by low-cost companies. All Europe’s main low-cost airlines fly to Barcelona. This confirms Barcelona’s tourist attractiveness. In addition, this type of air traffic has enabled the Catalan airport to become one of Europe’s main airports. For the first time, last August more passengers went through Barcelona El Prat than through Madrid-Barajas, which means El Prat was Spain’s main airport. International passengers using low-cost airlines have compensated for the drop in domestic passengers due to the economic crisis. Besides, being one of the world’s main platforms for low-cost airlines might be a key asset when these companies also operate transcontinental flights; something that will happen in the near future, emphasised the report from the Chamber of Commerce.


Barcelona Chamber of Commerce released a new edition of Barcelona Observatory of Air Traffic. The Catalan capital hosts the world’s third largest offer of low-cost flights, only behind Djakarta (Indonesia) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). Barcelona beats Las Vegas, Denver, London Gatwick, Manila and Chicago, which rank behind.

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  • An aircraft taking off from Barcelona El Prat Airport (by P. Cortina)

  • Barcelona El Prat Airport (by ACN)

  • An aircraft taking off from Barcelona El Prat Airport (by P. Cortina)
  • Barcelona El Prat Airport (by ACN)