Two Spanish airlines to fly to Turkey's Istanbul

Two Spanish airline companies, Spanair and Vueling, will start flying to the Turkish city of Istanbul.

Two Spanish airlines to fly to Turkey's Istanbul

Two Spanish airline companies, Spanair and Vueling, will start flying to the Turkish city of Istanbul.

Spanair will launch direct flights between Istanbul and Barcelona starting from May 4, while Vueling's direct flights will begin on June 24, civil aviation officials said on Monday.

Prior to the two private airline companies' joining the market, Turkey's national air carrier Turkish Airlines (THY) and Spain's Iberia were conducting direct flights between the two countries.

According to an agreement between Turkish and Spanish civil aviation authorities, air carriers of the two countries have the right to conduct a total of 28 mutual direct flights every week. Up until now, THY and Iberia shared such privilege and each carried out 14 flights per week.

Spanair and Vueling will now join the market, each conducting 7 mutual flights between Turkey and Spain every week.

Spanair aims at carrying more than 6,000 passengers every month and turn the "El Prat Airport" in Barcelona into a hub for transit flights, officials of the company said.

Spanair's President Ferran Soriano will be a passenger on his company's first direct flight from Barcelona to Istanbul on May 4. Spanish ambassador in Ankara Joan Clos, who was previously the mayor of Barcelona, will welcome the aircraft in Turkey, sources said.

Vueling will start its direct flights on June 24 and it will use Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen Airport, company officials said.

Spanair is a Catalan airline, with its head office near Barcelona. It was, until 2009, a subsidiary of Scandinavian Airlines, which now holds slightly under 20 percent of the company's shares. Spanair provides a scheduled passenger network within Spain and Europe, with an extension to West Africa.

Vueling Airlines, commonly known as Vueling, is a low-cost airline based in Barcelona, Spain. Its main base is Barcelona, with additional bases at Bilbao, Ibiza, Madrid, Malaga, Seville and Valencia. Vueling serves destinations in Europe and the western Mediterranean.


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