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IATA code: VY
ICAO code: VLG
Home airports: Barcelona-El Prat
Hubs: Madrid-Barajas
Headquarters: El Prat de Llobregat, Spain
Foundation date: 2004
Reward program: Punto, Iberia Plus
Parent company: International Airlines Group
Phone Spain: +34931 51 81 34, from 6 am to 10 pm, seven days a week
Email: [email protected]
Vueling Airlines official website: vueling.com
Low-cost airline Vueling Airlines is the second most popular Spanish airline after Iberia Airlines.

The main hub of the low-cost airline Vueling is based in Barcelona.

In addition, the low-cost airline Vueling uses other Spanish airports in Valencia and Madrid (Barajas).

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Vueling Airlines fleet

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Airplane Number of aircraft Number of seats
Airbus A319-100 6 144
Airbus A320-200 75 180-186
Airbus A320neo 25 186
Airbus A321-200 18 220

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Web check-in for a Vueling Airlines flight

Web check-in for a low-cost Vueling Airlines flight starts no earlier than 7 days and no later than 1 hour before the flight departure. When booking tickets at Optima, Family or TimeFlex fares, as well as when choosing a seat in the cabin in the process of booking tickets at the Basic fare, you will be able to check in and receive a boarding pass from the moment of payment up to 1 hour before the departure of the aircraft.

Check-in at the airport for the flight of the Vueling low-cost airline

  • Check-in at the airport for Vueling Airlines international flights starts 3 hours and closes 60 minutes before the flight departure.
  • Airport check-in for Vueling Airlines domestic flights within Spain starts 2 hours and closes 40 minutes before departure.
  • If you are a disabled or unaccompanied minor, flying with an infant or transporting animals, then you are required to check in at the airline counter. These measures are for your own safety.

Hand luggage allowance for Vueling Airlines flights

On low-cost Vueling flights, you can carry a small bag under the seat for free (no more than 40x20x30 cm). In addition, depending on the fare and the selected options, you can carry 1 piece of hand luggage in the cabin.

Hand luggage allowance on Vueling Airlines flights Under the seat bag

1 piece of hand luggage no larger than 40x20x30 cm and goods purchased at the airport. Hand luggage and purchases must be placed under the front seat.

Vueling Airlines baggage allowance Carry-on suitcase

  • A second piece of hand baggage not exceeding 10 kg and 55x40x20 cm is included in the prices for Optima, Family and TimeFlex fares.
  • Premium customers, passengers with special needs, and passengers with infants are also allowed to take 1 piece of hand luggage into the cabin free of charge in addition to a small bag, regardless of the fare.
  • Customers who have not purchased the 2 pieces hand luggage service are not allowed to take a carry-on suitcase on board and check it in free of charge.

Vueling Airlines baggage allowance

Rates Basic Optima Family TimeFlex
Cabin bag
(under the seat)
Enabled Enabled Enabled Enabled
Hand luggage suitcase (10 kg) In the salon or at the reception In the salon or at the reception In the salon or at the reception
Checked Baggage 25 kg (included) 25 kg (included)
Everyone else can pay for baggage when buying tickets. The cost is from 10 to 50 euros for luggage from 15 to 30 kg, depending on the weight and where you will pay for the service — at the airport or online.

Vueling: Airfare Discounts from Barcelona

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Ibiza6 June 2023DirectTickets from 25
Palma Mallorca7 June 2023DirectTickets from 29
Menorca18 June 2023DirectTickets from 29
Madrid19 June 2023DirectTickets from 40
Asturias13 November 2023DirectTickets from 41
Sevilla11 November 2023DirectTickets from 41
Marrakech19 November 2023DirectTickets from 41
Santander12 November 2023DirectTickets from 42
Lisbon17 October 2023DirectTickets from 43
Rome7 June 2023DirectTickets from 50
Nador8 June 2023DirectTickets from 50
Milan21 October 2023DirectTickets from 52
Bordeaux24 January 2024DirectTickets from 52
Bologna28 September 2023DirectTickets from 54
Valencia10 July 20231 StopTickets from 56
Paris21 November 2023DirectTickets from 59
Jerez De La Frontera11 November 20231 StopTickets from 60
Billund14 June 20231 StopTickets from 61
Las Palmas19 October 20231 StopTickets from 64
Tenerife25 November 2023DirectTickets from 66
Marseille11 August 2023DirectTickets from 66
Porto19 June 2023DirectTickets from 67
Venice13 June 2023DirectTickets from 71
Frankfurt21 September 20231 StopTickets from 73
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Lyon14 June 2023DirectTickets from 76
Alicante17 July 20231 StopTickets from 80
Santiago De Compostela26 June 2023DirectTickets from 83
Bilbao4 June 2023DirectTickets from 83
Granada7 August 2023DirectTickets from 91
Nice16 June 20231 StopTickets from 92
Sofia12 June 2023DirectTickets from 93
Lanzarote23 October 20231 StopTickets from 95
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Amsterdam19 September 2023DirectTickets from 99
Brussels3 June 20231 StopTickets from 100
Nantes15 June 2023DirectTickets from 101
Palermo26 September 20231 StopTickets from 103
Copenhagen28 August 2023DirectTickets from 104
Vienna3 July 20231 StopTickets from 104
Geneva1 June 2023DirectTickets from 109
London26 July 2023DirectTickets from 110
Vigo3 July 20231 StopTickets from 114
Tangier21 June 20231 StopTickets from 115
Naples13 June 20231 StopTickets from 116
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Zurich14 June 20231 StopTickets from 118
Faro30 May 20231 StopTickets from 118
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Vueling Airlines Flight Destinations

Country City Airport
Algeria Algiers Houari Boumediene Airport
Oran Oran Es Sénia Airport
Austria Vienna Vienna International Airport
Belgium Brussels Brussels Airport
Cape Verde Sal, Cape Verde Amílcar Cabral International Airport
Croatia Dubrovnik Dubrovnik Airport
Split Split Airport
Zadar Zadar Airport
Zagreb Zagreb Airport
Czech Republic Prague Václav Havel Airport Prague
Denmark Aalborg Aalborg Airport
Copenhagen Copenhagen Airport
Finland Helsinki Helsinki Airport
France Bastia Bastia Poretta Airport
Bordeaux Bordeaux Mérignac Airport
Brest Brest Bretagne Airport
Lille Lille Airport
Lyon Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport
Marseille Marseille Provence Airport
Nantes Nantes Atlantique Airport
Nice Nice Côte d’Azur Airport
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Orly Airport
Rennes Rennes Saint-Jacques Airport
Toulouse Toulouse Blagnac Airport
Gambia Banjul Banjul International Airport
Germany Berlin Berlin Brandenburg Airport
Berlin Tegel Airport
Düsseldorf Düsseldorf Airport
Hamburg Hamburg Airport
Hanover Hannover Airport
Munich Munich Airport
Nuremberg Nuremberg Airport
Stuttgart Stuttgart Airport
Greece Athens Athens International Airport
Cephalonia Cephalonia Airport
Corfu Corfu International Airport
Heraklion Heraklion International Airport
Karpathos Karpathos Airport
Kos Kos International Airport
Mykonos Mykonos Airport
Rhodes Rhodes International Airport
Hungary Budapest Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport
Iceland Reykjavík Keflavík International Airport
Ireland Cork Cork Airport
Dublin Dublin Airport
Israel Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport
Italy Bari Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport
Bologna Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport
Brindisi Brindisi Airport
Cagliari Cagliari Elmas Airport
Catania Catania Fontanarossa Airport
Florence Florence Airport
Genoa Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport
Lampedusa Lampedusa Airport
Milan Milan Malpensa Airport
Naples Naples International Airport
Olbia Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport
Palermo Falcone Borsellino Airport
Pisa Pisa International Airport
Rome Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
Turin Turin Airport
Venice Venice Marco Polo Airport
Verona Verona Villafranca Airport
Lebanon Beirut Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport
Malta Luqa Malta International Airport
Morocco Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport
Fes Fes–Saïss Airport
Marrakesh Marrakesh Menara Airport
Nador Nador International Airport
Tangier Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport
Netherlands Amsterdam Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Norway Oslo Oslo Airport, Gardermoen
Poland Kraków Kraków John Paul II International Airport
Warsaw Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport
Portugal Faro Faro Airport
Lisbon Lisbon Airport
Porto Porto Airport
Romania Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport
Russia Moscow Domodedovo International Airport
Saint Petersburg Pulkovo Airport
Senegal Dakar Blaise Diagne International Airport
Serbia Belgrade Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport
Spain A Coruña A Coruña Airport
Alicante Alicante–Elche Airport
Almería Almería Airport
Asturias Asturias Airport
Barcelona Barcelona–El Prat Airport
Bilbao Bilbao Airport
Fuerteventura Fuerteventura Airport
Gran Canaria Gran Canaria Airport
Granada Federico García Lorca Airport
Ibiza Ibiza Airport
Jerez de la Frontera Jerez Airport
Lanzarote Lanzarote Airport
Madrid Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport
Málaga Málaga Airport
Menorca Menorca Airport
Palma de Mallorca Palma de Mallorca Airport
San Sebastián San Sebastián Airport
Santa Cruz de La Palma La Palma Airport
Santander Santander Airport
Santiago de Compostela Santiago de Compostela Airport
Seville Seville Airport
Tenerife Tenerife North Airport
Tenerife South Airport
Valencia Valencia Airport
Valladolid Valladolid Airport
Vigo Vigo Airport
Zaragoza Zaragoza Airport
Sweden Gothenburg Göteborg Landvetter Airport
Stockholm Stockholm Arlanda Airport
Switzerland Geneva Geneva Airport
Zurich Zurich Airport
EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg
Tunisia Tunis Tunis–Carthage International Airport
Ukraine Kyiv Zhuliany International Airport
United Kingdom Belfast Belfast International Airport
Birmingham Birmingham Airport
Cardiff Cardiff Airport
Edinburgh Edinburgh Airport
London Gatwick Airport
London Heathrow Airport
Manchester Manchester Airport

History of low-cost airline «Vueling Airlines»

Vueling Airlines is a Spanish airline, based in Barcelona, ​​Spain. A company owned by IAG. It is the largest airline within the Spanish territory in number of destinations and by fleet size, and the second by number of passengers transported within the Spanish territory, only surpassed by the Irish Ryanair.

It began operations in July 2004 based in Barcelona as an independent airline, although after its merger with Clickair in 2009 its main shareholder became Iberia and, after the takeover bid presented in July 2013 by IAG, Vueling remained in the hands of the controlled holding company by the merger of Iberia and British Airways. Born as a low-cost airline, after the bankruptcy of one of its competitors, Spanair, and due to the great indirect growth of Ryanair in Barcelona, ​​it has been operating as a kind of traditional airline, although without losing its identity as low-cost.

Vueling’s main base since its creation and also its connection center since May 2010 is in Barcelona, ​​while it has numerous operating bases in the rest of Spain at the airports of Alicante, Bilbao, Gran Canaria, Tenerife North, Madrid, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Valencia.

It also has two international connection centers in Rome-Fiumicino (Italy) and at the Paris-Orly Airport (France). It is the only low-cost airline in Europe that operates connecting flights, something very typical among low-cost airlines in America.

The origins of Vueling Airlines go back to the end of 2002, when entrepreneurs Sue Smith and Eduardo Fairen convinced Carlos Muñoz and Lázaro Ros (also founders of Volotea, an airline of which they are currently CEO and General Manager, respectively) to the feasibility of carrying out a low Cost Operation focused on Spain. Carlos Muñoz and Lázaro Ros then constituted a development company that financed the market and economic feasibility studies necessary to demonstrate the viability of the project.

During the following twelve months, the business plan was prepared and the branding and corporate image were developed. At the same time, work was done on the search for strategic partners that would consolidate the project at an industrial, business and financial level: initially, the company was owned by a shareholder divided between Apax Partners, which controlled 40%, Inversiones Hemisferio (family office of the family Lara, owner of Grupo Planeta) with 30%, the founders of the company itself, who controlled 23%, and V.A. Investor, the investment company of the directors of the New York airline JetBlue Airways, which had 7%. Carlos Muñoz was appointed CEO and Lázaro Ros CEO.

Vueling Airlines began operations on July 1, 2004 with a fleet made up of two Airbus A320 aircraft, which operated the service between Barcelona, ​​Paris, Brussels, Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza. The inaugural flight departed from Barcelona on the 1st to Ibiza.

In 2005, Madrid became the second base for Vueling. Later in 2007, it was decided to set up a base at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport. In December of that same year it was decided to open a fourth base in Seville.

As of December 1, 2006, the airline began trading on the Barcelona, ​​Madrid, Bilbao and Valencia stock exchanges. But the good results of the new airline soon turned upside down. In the first quarter of 2007, it went from a profit of 9.7 million euros the previous year to a loss of 22.01 million euros. This occurred in a context of an increase in the number of travelers of 85.35% and sales revenue by only 65.5% to 59.83 million euros. In June 2007, half a year after going public, Apax Partners, interested in participating in an Iberia purchase operation, sold its 20.97% stake in Vueling. This transaction caused the price of the company’s shares to fall to one-sixth of its starting price.

The unsustainable economic-financial situation forced a solution to be sought, which was the merger with Clickair, a subsidiary company for Iberia’s low-cost flights. This merger was completed in July 2009. After the merger, Iberia came to control 45.85% of the capital, the rest being divided between Nefinsa, with 4.15%; retailers, 18.20%; Spanish institutions, 10.40% and foreign institutions, 21.40%.

Vueling had a loss of 3.3 million euros in the first half of 2009, compared to a profit of 1.1 million in the same period of the previous year.

However, in the third half of 2010, it obtained net profits of 4.3 million euros and a turnover of 2.7 million euros.

In 2011, Vueling posted positive results of just 1.6 million euros due, according to analysts, to high crude oil prices, a drop in flight occupancy during the first half of the year and competition from Ryanair and Spanair in Barcelona. Even so, this has not prevented the airline from presenting its ambitious growth and fleet renewal plans.

At the end of 2011, Vueling announced a major expansion plan for Barcelona that included the acquisition of 6 new Airbus aircraft, which would be incorporated into the 26 permanently based at Barcelona airport, a fact that entails the creation of 23 new routes from the airport Barcelona, ​​many of them seasonal, and Vueling’s entry into the Scandinavian market, where Spanair was Vueling’s main competitor, which is the main operator.

In January 2012, it was also announced that at the end of the same month a tender would be held for the acquisition of an order of up to 50 new aircraft from the three major world operators Airbus, Boeing and Bombardier, with the models Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX and Bombardier CSeries, respectively. After Spanair’s bankruptcy in late January, Vueling canceled its orders for new aircraft to retain some of the old Spanair. It was also used to keep the routes that had run out of flights, with this, the number of destinations increased by 30%.

In April 2012, they announced the creation of a new base of operations at the Rome-Fiumicino airport, a second hub, after Barcelona.

In October 2012, a new expansion was announced at the Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport, which included the creation of 28 new routes from the airport, thus operating more than 100 destinations from the Barcelona airport, the creation of the Excellence class for the business passenger (similar to a Business class of traditional airlines), Wi-Fi service on board in the new planes and the creation of a new type of low-cost, to make way for a conversion into a network company, thus becoming the Spanish airline that operates the largest number of destinations.

On December 5, 2012, Vueling announced the opening of a new operations base from which they fly from Florence to seven destinations in Europe: Hamburg, Barcelona, ​​Berlin, Copenhagen, London-Heathrow, Madrid and Paris-Orly. On October 25, 2013, Vueling opens its first domestic route in Italy: Florence to Catania. On November 20, 2013, Vueling announces a further expansion of Florence: a second Airbus A319 will be based, new routes open to Bari, Cagliari, Catania, Ibiza, Mykonos, Santorini and Palermo.

In the last quarter of 2015, it received its first A321s, increasing capacity by 40 passengers compared to the A320s. It currently has 15 A321s, most of which operate routes to the Canary Islands, medium-haul and high-demand flights.

In April 2016, Vueling and LATAM signed a codeshare agreement for the Barcelona — Sao Paulo route.

During the weekend of July 1, 2016, the airline had serious problems due to delays and cancellations, forcing the Ministry of Development to open a file to investigate what happened.

In 2016, Vueling is the first company in the world to acquire the Airbus «A320 Spaceflex» model, which adapts the plane’s lavatories to make them accessible to people with reduced mobility and increases capacity from 180 to 186 seats, thanks to the new location of the rear toilets, in the tail cone of the aircraft.

During the first months of 2016, Álex Cruz leaves Vueling and becomes the CEO of British Airways. His position is occupied by Javier Sánchez-Prieto.

In 2020, Vueling announced that Marco Sansavini, coming from Iberia, would take over the position of CEO of the airline.

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