IAG’s low-cost Spanish subsidiary Vueling is set to connect Munich, Germany with Florence, Italy five times a week. The new non-stop service between Bavaria and the Tuscany region of Italy is set to commence immediately using one of Vueling’s six A319-100 planes.
Vueling will be offering the direct service on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday according to aviation website AJOT.
In addition to this, yesterday the carrier began a new route between Florence and Prague. Operating on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, the service also uses an Airbus A319 to connect the two cities.
Spanish air carrier @vueling has launched a new direct route Prague-Florence today. The new route will be available four times a week: on every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. ✈ #flyfromPRG pic.twitter.com/W8AWmVgyVF
— Prague Airport (@PragueAirport) September 15, 2019
A key base for Vueling
Florence is an important base for Vueling, having been announced as a focus city back in 2012. The airline has a total of 15 bases around Spain and is looking to advance its hold at each of them as the low-cost carrier of choice.
Regarded as being the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence (Firenze) boasts an entire city center which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982.
With more connections from Vueling, it will be easier for passengers from other parts of Europe to enjoy a trip to the pretty city.
New routes from Munich too
While Munich is not one of the airline’s key hubs, nor is it intended as a future base, Vueling is clearly keen to cement a foothold in the German city too. Together with the new Florence route, Vueling is also introducing flights from Munich to Barcelona, Rome and Palma de Mallorca starting next summer.
Barcelona based Vueling was acquired by the International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus in April of 2013. Rather than merge it with Iberia, IAG decided to run it as a stand-alone airline.
Vueling’s two main hubs are at El Prat de Llobregat (BCN) and Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) in Rome, Italy. Flying an all-Airbus fleet of single-aisle aircraft Vueling is the largest airline in Spain by aircraft number, operating 126 planes in total. However, Vueling is tipped to be in line for some 737 MAX, following IAG’s shock order at the Paris Air Show this year.
In case you were wondering about the name Vueling and how they came up with it, the word vuelo means flight in Spanish to which they dropped the “o” and attached the English suffix “ing.”