Transfer traffic to plateau at Vueling base: Cruz

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Vueling’s international transfer traffic at its Barcelona hub is likely to “plateau” at around 16% for the foreseeable future its chief executive says.

Alex Cruz says that while Vueling has created a sustainable and profitable transfer model from Barcelona numbers are not going to grow significantly - although some new destinations that might “provide some opportunities”.

Transfer traffic increased by 19% in 2013 to 2 million, Cruz says with transfer traffic across the network now standing at 11%.

Nevertheless Cruz says Vueling now finds itself on the cusp of moving from a primarily catering to Spanish passengers to a more internationally focused business, a similar position to that faced by other low-cost carriers a few years ago.

“We are in similar situation to some of the other low-cost carriers and at some point we will begin to focus by country,” he says pointing to the establishment of a new base at Brussels next year.

Cruz says the budget carrier will “really try to establish ourselves outside of Spain” at Amsterdam Schiphol, Florence, Rome Fiumicino and Paris Orly.