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SWBKCB 26th Apr 2021 18:14

Barcelona? an odd route? Good grief - and here's me thinking it was good news :rolleyes:

tictack67 26th Apr 2021 18:59


Can you quantify why you think this is an odd route? Given most other UK airports have a direct link to BCN.

Barcelona is Spain's 2nd busiest airport handling (pre covid) 52 million passengers a year, which is more than Gatwick, Rome FCO or Moscow SVO. For context Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Paris CDG carried circa 70 million

It had seen rising passenger numbers of 2.6 million year on year.

NorthEasterner 26th Apr 2021 19:04


BCN a route that was 3-4 weekly with EasyJet pre-COVID. Don’t think it’s an odd route, considering EZY has now ceased international operations from NCL.

ash666 26th Apr 2021 19:07

I think it's a good route but Veuling does not have a good reputation.
Better than no-one, though.

FRatSTN 26th Apr 2021 20:45

One thing seems for sure in that NCL has always seemed reluctant to go hellbent for a big LCC to dominate the market. 15 regular operators is pretty good going even for pre-covid standards for an airport of NCL's size. I do think NCL has long been capable though of driving greater pax volumes with a big LCC. Wonder if it is a management approach or simply lack of interest with competition from MAN and EDI/GLA?

GrahamK 26th Apr 2021 20:55

The EZY base was at one point,up to 7 based aircraft

jensdad 27th Apr 2021 00:34

Good news, and - sorry to join in with the pile in on CabinCrewe! - not a strange route at all. Not the expected operator, sure, but in the absence of any competition I don't see any reason this won't succeed, regardless of flight times. BCN's a big city break destination as well as a lot of other bobbins: second largest city in Spain; large business and industrial centre; cruise port...
Look at it from the other end as well: Spaniards like travelling to places these days. The Newcastlegatesheadalloneword people seem to think that Newcastle and Gateshead are world class tourist destinations. Hmm, not sure, but it all helps. The UK might even be more attractive to European folks as a Covid-safe destination in the near future but let's not count our chickens.

tigertanaka 27th Apr 2021 06:18

73k pax on NCL<>BCN in 2019 and 72k in 2018. Only ALC, PMI, AGP and IBZ had more passengers to/from Spain.

Asturias56 27th Apr 2021 07:02

"I do think NCL has long been capable though of driving greater pax volumes with a big LCC"

Problem isn't the size of the operators it's the size of the home market. 2.66 million people on less than average income can only generate a limited number of trips per year

NCL does very well considering - far better than a lot of other UK regions

SWBKCB 27th Apr 2021 07:08

Agreed - look at a map. Outside of the Tyne/Wear and Teesside conurbations there is NCL's catchment area is sparce.

Jamesair1 27th Apr 2021 14:28

BCN was No.18 in the 2019 list of the top 20 busiest routes at NCL.......73k pax and rising.

Wallsendmag 27th Apr 2021 16:26


But it's close enough to drag in a lot of Scottish families when the English schools are still in session

SWBKCB 27th Apr 2021 17:34

And plenty go the other way when the Scottish schools are out.

inOban 27th Apr 2021 18:44

Also Tui and in the past offered many more flights than from EDI

jensdad 27th Apr 2021 22:46


Absolutely. NCL definitely punches above its weight when you look at all the factors involved. I've mentioned on here before (or was it on a Newcastle United forum? :) ) about the strange expectations here in the North East. A couple of years ago there was someone on here saying that it was poor how NCL had 'only' one flight a day to Dubai, and that it landed at an inconvenient time!
But I'd better not start a discussion about North East mentality. Or Newcastle United.

Asturias56 28th Apr 2021 07:21

I was brought up not to mock the afflicted............................. :E

SWBKCB 28th Apr 2021 07:58

Don't start - the comment which started the discussion about whether NCL 'punched its weight' or not was made by somebody from Essex.... :ok:

chris1001 28th Apr 2021 11:44

Nobody in here in the loop with easyJet and whether they plan to operate some of the based routes that were pulled from other bases?

These routes are still in the destination drop downs on the easyJet app but obviously no dates available. Wishful thinking maybe 🤔.

HH6702 28th Apr 2021 16:15

easyjet did say that all routes would still operate but from there other bases

toon22 28th Apr 2021 18:30

Delete the word “all”

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