Vueling’s Q3 2024 seats up just 2% YOY; will serve 7 fewer airports; has 245 routes

Vueling Route Launch Spain

Vueling is Europe’s fourth largest (U)LCC, behind Ryanair, easyJet and Wizz Air. Part of IAG and with a pan-European network, shows that it has 125 aircraft. There are six A319s, mainly for use from Florence, along with 22 A321ceos/neos and 97 A320ceos/neos.

Peak summer capacity is up by just 2% year-on-year

Analysis of Cirium data for Q3 2024 (July-September) shows that Vueling’s available seats have only risen by just 2% versus Q3 2023 and remain down by 3% versus 2019. It is partly because of PW1000G problems.

Vueling plans to serve 28 countries in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Its country network has reduced from 30 last year, as services have ended to Cyprus and Senegal.

Two-thirds of its capacity is to/from/in Spain, with the LCC behind only Ryanair in the country. While Ryanair is number one internationally, Vueling is first domestically. Interestingly, Vueling’s total Spain capacity has risen by just 2% year-on-year, against 11% for the larger operator.

Top 10 Vueling countries Q3 2024

Seven fewer airports are served than last year

Vueling’s Q3 network comprises 97 airports, down from 104 last year. For wider context, Cirium indicates that it is down from 115 in Q3 2022 and 127 in 2019. Its airport portfolio has reduced by about a quarter since 2019.

In the past year, Alghero, Corfu, Dakar, Edinburgh, Larnaca, Lampedusa, Toulouse, Valladolid, Zagreb and Zakynthos have been removed. However, London LHR, Milan LIN and Oran have been added. Cirium shows that all three have been served before – briefly for LIN, but for many years for LHR and Oran.

Using slots leased from British Airways, Vueling will return to LHR on April 7. It will be the first time the budget airline, which has served the airport since 2009, has flown there since March 2020. It will fly 2-daily to LHR from Barcelona and – for the first time – daily from Paris ORY. They are Vueling’s two busiest airports.

Prague International Airport

Nearly 60% of capacity is from Barcelona

Vueling has focused on Barcelona for many years as Iberia and Iberia Express concentrated on Madrid. It grew especially big there following the merger with Clickair in 2009. Not only does Vueling revolve around local traffic, but also connections at the airport.

Despite being by far the LCC’s top airport, capacity growth was three times faster than for the airline generally. This has helped its share of Barcelona seats to rise to 41%, up by two percentage points versus 2023. Vueling’s Barcelona Q3 network comprises 90 destinations.

The contrast with second-placed Paris ORY, at which it is the number two airline, is clear to see, with capacity down by 1%. It has 29 routes, five fewer than last year. Birmingham, Copenhagen, Genoa, Hamburg, Malta, Split and Stockholm ARN have gone. However, Amman started on 23 October 2023, and London LHR will begin on 7 April 2024.

Top 10 Vueling airports Q3 2024

It has 245 routes in Q3

Vueling’s network comprises 164 international routes and 81 domestic. Its domestic routes comprise 79 in Spain and two in Italy. The latter is from Florence – an airport unserved by Ryanair and easyJet due to the short runway and higher fees – to Catania and Palermo.

All 10 of the LCC’s busiest routes are from Barcelona. Number one is Barcelona-Palma, which – at just 200 kilometres –  is Vueling’s third-shortest route behind Valencia-Ibiza and Alicante-Ibiza.

Vueling is one of three operators to Palma, with 159-weekly departing flights in August. Air Europa has 35-weekly departures, Ryanair 39 and Vueling 85.

Top 10 Vueling routes Q3 2024

Prague Airport