Published — Thursday 24 May 2012
Last update 24 May 2012 6:13 am
Emirates is fast approaching the tripling of its flights to Spain, which includes the launch of a daily service to Barcelona from July 3.
The airline has been stepping up activities in Barcelona, part of the commercially and culturally rich Catalonia region. On May 22, Emirates hosted a media gathering in Barcelona, sharing the latest on preparations for the Barcelona service and its expansion in Spain.
The new Barcelona link will come two days after the launch of a second Emirates' flight to Madrid on July 1.
"The new Barcelona flight is the culmination of a very significant increase in our services to Spain, said Thierry Antinori, Emirates' EVP, passenger sales worldwide. "In the space of 48 hours, we will have tripled flights to this market in a clear demonstration of our commitment to Spain."
Also present at the press conference in Barcelona was Salem Obaidalla, Emirates SVP, commercial operations, Europe & Russian Federation, Damia Calvet i Valero, Mobility and Transport Secretary of the regional Catalan government and Sonia Corrochano, director, Barcelona El Prat Airport.
Barcelona has one of the busiest ports in the Mediterranean and thousands of cruise passengers are amongst the city's 7 million visitors per year. The city is also the capital of the Catalonia region, which receives approximately 25 percent of annual foreign investment in Spain.
"Dubai is strategically located between east and west. Through our industry leading Emirates' Terminal 3 in Dubai, companies will have faster and more efficient access to Middle East, African and Asian markets. At the same time, Catalonia will be able to attract more foreign investment and our new daily service will certainly boost the tourist flow in and out of the region," Antinori added.
Emirates will serve Barcelona with a 360-seat Boeing 777-300ER with highly trained, multi-lingual cabin crew on hand in the First, Business and Economy Class cabins.