IAG announces new low-cost transcontinental carrier in Barcelona

March 17, 2017 06:30 PM | ACN

Barcelona’s El Prat airport will be connected with two US and two South American cities starting in June 2017 thanks to LEVEL, the new low-cost carrier of International Airlines Group (IAG). The company chose the Catalan capital to introduce its new brand because of its “international touristic appeal” and also because of the connections from Barcelona’s El Prat airport through Vueling, IAG’s CEO Willie Walsh explained. The new carrier will fly from Barcelona to San Francisco and Los Angeles starting at 99 euros and to Buenos Aires, Argentina and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic starting at 149 euros. The flights will use A330-200 planes with crew from Iberia and IAG. More than 250 jobs are expected to be created in Barcelona, according to Walsh who presented the news this Friday morning at a press conference in Catalonia’s capital city of Barcelona.

Korean Air announces three weekly direct flights between Barcelona and Seoul from next April

November 23, 2016 06:42 PM | ACN

Barcelona and Seoul will be connected through three direct flights per week from the 28th of April 2017. The Catalan Minister for Business and Knowledge, Jordi Baiget, announced this Wednesday that next year Korean Air, the largest airline in South Korea, will operate three flights - on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday - with capacity for 248 passengers each. The company currently operates flights to 129 destinations in 46 countries and in 2015 registered around 25 million passengers. Baiget detailed that the negotiation process to achieve an agreement started two years ago, on a trade mission and institutional trip of the Catalan Government to South Korea, and explained that the airline will extend the frequency to four days in the future “if things work well”.  

Railway access to Barcelona’s port to be completed by 2018

March 30, 2016 06:29 PM | ACN

After more than 10 years of negotiations between the Catalan government and the Spanish Ministry for Transport and many changes on the route, the railway connection to Barcelona’s port will be a reality in two years’ time. The final project will cost €104 million and will be 50% funded by Port de Barcelona and the Spanish Ministry for Transport. The railway connection to Barcelona’s Port has been long-awaited by the Catalan government, as 13% of the containers and 30% of the cars that pass through the port are transported by train. The acceleration of this connection emphasises the need to start the construction of the Mediterranean corridor, one of the government’s main goals in terms of infrastructure, which is set to transport freight and passengers non-stop from Gibraltar to Central Europe.