Vueling plans to double in size over next five years

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Spanish low-cost carrier Vueling is aiming to increase the number of airports it serves from 110 to 200 within five years,

Chief executive Alex Cruz foresees a doubling of the Vueling fleet and the creation of 2,000 additional direct jobs in line with the low-cost airline's network expansion, which will add destinations across Europe, North Africa and "the eastern part of the Mediterranean".

However, he stresses that targeted growth is achievable only if the airline sticks to its "basic premise" of low costs and ongoing improvements in product and service levels.

"It's taken us a long time to earn respect and admiration in Barcelona, but we finally have managed to do that," says Cruz. "Now, we have to earn respect and admiration at a pan-European level."

He adds: "Hopefully, that will happen over the next five years, and we'll be able to prove to the marketplace that this combination of low fares and high service is the only model that will work in the long-term."