Airline alliance co-location moves have taken a further step after the five oneworld members serving Barcelona El Prat Airport alongside Iberiatransferred operations into its new Terminal 1 on 9 Septemberas part of a second phase of movements into the newly opened terminal.

Oneworld membersAmerican Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Malev and Royal Jordanian will join Iberia, its regional affiliate Air Nostrum and its part-owned low-cost unit Vuelingin Terminal 1. The airlines will have adjoining desks in the building.

The new Terminal 1 at El Prat features 166 check-in counters and is designed to handle more than 30 million passengers annually. Following the move around 70% of all operations at the airport will now gothrough Terminal 1. SkyTeam carriers operating at El Prat are scheduled to transfer to Terminal 1 on 25 October.

For oneworld it marks a further grouping together of its members at key European airports. It comes after seven oneworld carriers transferred into Terminal 4 at Iberia's Madrid base in 2006, while its members' operating at London Heathrow have been transitioning from five terminals to just two. The last of these moves will be completed next month.

Source: Flight Daily News