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Not too long ago we could see when Spanair airlines announced the cease of operations for both domestic and international flight. This fact marked the end of an airline that offered reliable services, reasonable fares and a very complete network in association with Star Alliance, but couldn’t recover the market share after the tragic accident in Barajas International Airport (in Madrid, Spain) when a MD-82 crashed, taking the lives of 154 passengers and crew.

After Spanair left the commercial aviation, some other companies took advantage of the space left and immediately started to offer the destination that Spanair used to fly to.

No frills airlines in Spain

We know a lot about names like Ryanair and Easy Jet, the two most important low cost airlines in Europe and –for sure- the ones who cover more destinations too, from and also domestically Spain. Leaving this two airlines aside, Spain has its own low-cost carriers that, still not covering an enormous network, are able to provide enough destinations for considering travel with them in our next holidays in mainland Europe, Atlantic Islands and the even Middle East.

Iberia Express

This new subsidiary of the Spanish flag carrier is flying only domestically by the moment, but is intended to cover mid-range destinations for local passengers and connecting passengers from flights of Iberia and also some British Airways share codes, since these two airlines form a joint venture since last year.

The airline’s fleet will be exclusively comprised by Airbus A320 and, although currently only has 4 aircraft, the new airline expects to finish 2012 with a total of 13 frames.

It is expected that Iberia Express will generate 500 new airline jobs, in spite the Sepla (pilots union of Spain) considers that the airline is illegal and the only benefited will be British Airways and Iberia.

Vueling Airlines

Vueling Airlines Review

Vueling was created by the initiative of the owners of JetBlue (main low-cost carrier in the United States) ten years ago when local Spaniard low-cost airlines were inexistent. The business model of Vueling is half the way between Ryanair (Low-cost, all coach cabin) and any regular airline because they offer both cheap no-frills seat and a small business class in each flight.

After the bankruptcy of Spanair, Vueling started to add new routes next year from Germany to vacation destinations Spanish and Balearic Islands and Malaga, as well as opened a new hub in Rome and added some new aircraft to its base in Paris to fill the market gat left for the now-defunct company. Besides the new routes and increasing of frequencies at their hubs, Vueling will add for the next summer holidays season new frequencies to Santiago, La Coruña, Vigo, Oviedo, Bilbao, Madrid, Alicante, Ibiza, Mahon, Palma de Mallorca, Granada, Malaga, Seville, Gran Canaria and Tenerife, all departing from Barcelona. Precisely in the focus city of Barcelona, many of the passengers traveling to domestic destinations connect from other flights of Vueling of any partner company (Vueling shares codes with One World members).

Some other Spanish airlines like Air Europa, Orbest and Pullmantur, connect Spain with leisure related destination like Cancun (Mexico), Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma and Tenerife (Canary Islands) and Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) for a very reasonable price (sometimes they charge less than 450 € for a round trip to Cancun) if you book in advance.

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