Vueling Airlines launches on board WiFi and announces new routes

Spanish airliner Vueling has revealed that passengers will be able to enjoy onboard Wi-Fi from next month.

The budget carrier, which is owned by British Airways’ parent company IAG, is hoping the move will let it compete with rivals Ryanair and Easyjet in the corporate market.

The deal comes after two years of negotiations which will see an unnamed company provide in-flight connectivity at no cost to the airline.

Vueling’s CEO Alex Cruz told Bloomberg that onboard Wi-Fi would be “prohibitively expensive” without this deal in place.

He said: “It’s so easy to ‘premiumise’ by spending money, but if we were to do it that would be the beginning of our death sentence.

“The short- and medium-haul business is a nasty business with a competitive environment, so you cannot lose sight of cost.”

Cruz said the airline is also considering two or three other features aimed at the business traveller.

Meanwhile, Vueling will launch a new base in Brussels from May 2014, with seven new routes from the Belgian capital.

The firm revealed that it will operate routes to Rome, Lisbon, Oporto, Venice, Santiago de Compostela, Ibiza and Palma for the summer 2014 season.

The addition of the seven new routes will increase Vueling’s routes from Brussels to 11 as it already flies to Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante and Malaga.

The new routes from Brussels to Rome, Lisbon, Oporto and Venice will be Vueling’s first non-Spanish routes from the airport.

www.vueling.com

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