Ryanair starts its twice daily flights from London Stansted to Barcelona El Prat airport on December 1st, switching its Barcelona airport from Girona to El Prat. The airline is “downgrading” its base at Girona airport (which Ryanair calls its “Barcelona” destination) and the news is good for both tourists and business travellers for obvious geographical reasons: Barcelona El Prat is 7.5 miles from the city centre, while Girona is about 60 miles north of Barcelona.
The news means travellers will be able to spend more time exploring Spain’s most modern city, instead of travelling to it after they’ve landed. Flights will depart Stansted at 0615 and 1740, arriving at Barcelona airport’s Terminal 2 at 0945 and 2110 respectively. Return flights leave Spain at 1020 and 2145, landing back into London at 1140 and 2305.
Barcelona is one of Europe’s top long weekend destinations and Club La Costa’s World of Hotels offers its timeshare members the chance to combine hotel nights with their holidays. The city is a mix of old and new, beach and urban, and its works of art and architecture by Salvador Dali and Gaudi are so spectacular they’ve become symbols of the city itself.
EasyJet is another airline increasing routes to the beautiful beachside city. It currently services Barcelona from London Gatwick, Stansted and Luton, and recently said it would launch routes from its important new base, London Southend airport (in Essex) to Barcelona and Ibiza next year. BA also flies to Barcelona from Heathrow and London City Airport, and Monarch Airlines will be starting its new flights from Gatwick to Barcelona from October 21 onwards.
Meanwhile, Jet2 will offer a three-times weekly service to another of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Rome’s Fiumicino airport from next spring, beginning March 29, 2012. Flights will leave Glasgow airport on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, and the airline will use Rome’s largest airport Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino, which is 22 miles from the city centre.
This will effectively make Jet2 the only carrier to offer direct flights to this particular airport in Rome from Glasgow airport. Ryanair flies from Glasgow Prestwick airport to Ciampino Airport, located around 8 miles to the south of the city, which is a smaller airport. EasyJet has said it plans to switch its Rome destination airport from the smaller Ciampino to the larger Fiumicino base.
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