Vueling eyes expansion prospects at London Gatwick

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Vueling is considering adding new routes to Gatwick airport as it looks to expand its operations serving London.

Earlier this year, the Spanish low-cost carrier launched a Barcelona-Gatwick service - its first serving the London airport. Vueling operates four routes to Heathrow.

"We will continue to study what other routes it makes sense for us to fly to London," says chief executive Alex Cruz. "We have lots of ideas for how we could grow in Gatwick - but our own way."

Asked whether Vueling would consider taking over British Airways' operations at Gatwick, Cruz responds: "That is not a decision that is ours to make." Rather, it "would need to be initiated within BA and IAG", he adds.

IAG, the parent company of BA and Iberia, last month effected a takeover of Vueling, in which it now holds a 90.5% stake.