EasyJet has opened a base at Barcelona El Prat airport with three Airbus A320s operating 16 routes this summer.
These include new services to Naples starting on March 27 and to Bordeaux on April 15.
The budget carrier will run 2,180 flights a week and offer a network of 154 routes in Spain – of which 14 will be new this year.
EasyJet expects to carry 13.6 million passengers in Spain this year, up 4% on 2015. Barcelona carryings are due to rise by 7% to 3.1 million.
The commitment to the Barcelona base came just days after the airline established a base in Venice, bringing the number up to 28 across its European network.
Country director Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands, Javier Gandara, said: “This new step forward will allow easyJet to expand the range and frequency of our flights to and from Barcelona, as well contribute further to the local economy by generating 120 direct new jobs.
“We believe this operational base in Barcelona with three aircraft will contribute strongly to strengthen our pan-European network and reinforce Barcelona’s position as a vital hub in the international air and tourist map.”
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