Low-cost airline launches Barcelona to Belfast route
Spanish airline Vueling has launched its Barcelona to Belfast City Airport route, the only flight between the airport and the Catalan capital.
The low-cost airline is part of the same group which owns British Airways, Willie Walsh's International Airlines Group (IAG).
The twice weekly route to Barcelona's El Prat airport will run on Thursdays and Sundays. Rival airline easyJet also offers flights to the airport from Belfast International.
From June 23, the Vueling route will run three times a week with the addition of a Tuesday flight.
Katy Best, commercial and marketing director at Belfast City Airport, said the airline will attract business flyers to Belfast.
"It is also one of the biggest low cost airlines in Europe carrying a high percentage of business passengers which makes it a perfect partner for Belfast City given our large business passenger base," Ms Best said.
"In addition to the convenient access to Europe for business passengers, Barcelona is a very popular destination for tourists of all ages and presents a great opportunity to attract further inward tourism to the region.
Gerry Lennon, chief executive of Visit Belfast, said the flight was a huge boost for the tourism sector.
"The latest flight from Barcelona heralds another milestone in the tourism industry's efforts to increase the number and range of flights directly into Belfast," Mr Lennon said. "We are really excited by the commitment made by George Best Belfast City Airport in attracting this service, as it provides us with an even greater opportunity to attract international visitors from across the world to the Belfast city region."