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With more flights than any other airport, Barcelona is now in second place among the European cities represented in the program, followed by Paris. Barcelona is Europe’s fifth busiest airport with nine airports in Europe scoring the highest on the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Global Airline Performance Index. City Airport, which has more foreign flights and people than the Paris region, is featured in the ranking for the first time.
The prestigious Airline Rankings, created by Air Transport World, is the longest-running and most comprehensive benchmarking survey, which regularly examines the performance of airlines and airports in more than 100 countries. It highlights the relative strengths of airlines and airports and allows passengers to take stock of where to go in terms of air travel across Europe. The rankings take into account the entirety of an airline and airport’s network, including all inbound and outbound flights, passengers, staff and maintenance.
It comes as City Airport commemorates the first two flights of its new 200-plane parking area.
It is now evaluating long-term plans for the airport, which is Europe’s second largest, with over 4,000 weekly flights to 60 destinations. The airport features a 2.7-kilometer runway that allows for long-distance flights across Europe, to the Americas, and to most regions of Asia.
Tom Williams, chief executive of City Airport, said: “City Airport has been flying for over 100 years. This ranking highlights the impressive quality of our facilities and the significant impact that City Airport has on the regional and national economy. It is great news to have Barcelona voted as the best city airport in Europe, and Barcelona will forever be a great partner of City Airport.”
Barcelona is one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. Tourism is a key economic driver and accounts for an estimated 11% of the Spanish economy. With hundreds of hotels and nearly seven million tourists arriving every year, there is an opportunity for City Airport to reinforce its ties with the Catalan capital.
The announcement comes as City Airport and City Aviation Group sign a joint framework agreement with the City of Barcelona in Barcelona.
Bradley Wilkinson, president of City Aviation Group, said: “It is great news that Barcelona is voted as the best city airport in Europe. We are focused on helping Barcelona grow its tourism and enhance the city’s status as Europe’s pre-eminent city. We want to strengthen ties with other cities and regions in the European region to expand our networks, strengthen our connections and boost the economy. It is important to note that we are also committed to promoting innovation, technology and improving the travel experience.”
City Airport will join the Barcelona City Aviation Group in 2021, which has grown from 50 to 550 employees with the appointment of two new executive leaders in recent months. Its two executive leaders will focus on the long-term development of Barcelona City Airport, ensuring its success and providing seamless travel for passengers.
Narcis Podrez, chief executive of Barcelona City Tourism, said: “In the next few years, we want Barcelona City Airport to be a key part of our efforts to promote the city and increase its position as one of the world’s best destinations. We are proud to welcome City Airport, which will be a key destination in the Barcelona network. We see City Airport as a great partner to develop the Barcelona tourism industry and ensure that passengers have seamless and enjoyable travel between Barcelona, Europe and the world.”
Alexandre Catala, president of City Aviation Group, said: “I’m proud to welcome Barcelona City Airport as the first joint venture partner of the Barcelona City Aviation Group. Barcelona City Airport is a terrific addition to our group as a top tourism destination. We will develop our regional networks, strengthen our links with other airports, enhance our technology and provide our passengers with a seamless experience across all our airports.”
City Airport is also building a number of modern facilities including a new airport restaurant and a new transfer lounge for City Airport and City Aviation Group’s European routes.
Barcelona City Airport is located in Barcelona. The airport’s name and brand are licensed to the City of Barcelona.
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Barcelona City Airport will be part of City Aviation Group (CityAM), which is the company operating Barcelona City Airport and City Aviation Group’s network of airports.
CityAirport is one of Europe’s best airport networks, operating more than 4,000 flights a week to 60 destinations, and generating over seven million direct and indirect jobs in Europe. Operating more than 4,000 flights a week to 60 destinations, CityAirport is one of Europe’s most connected airports, strengthening its links with the Barcelona region and with Europe.
CityAirport is the first airport in Europe to launch a new passenger transit app. Developed by City Airport to give users access to boarding pass services, connections and other airport services, CityAirport provides easy access to CityAirport’s airport services and offers seamless travel through its airport, city and region.
CityAirport is supported by a dedicated team of experts who help create new services for customers and promote innovation to develop the airport and the network. CityAirport has been recognised by airports, tourism agencies and other airport networks as one of the best airport networks in Europe.
Cannes’ Airport, set to receive an estimated three million additional annual visitors when the airport’s new terminal opens in September 2021, has been named the most likely to suffer major disruption from air traffic infrastructure bottlenecks in this part of the world.
Cannes Airport is currently undergoing a revamp which will see three new terminals built and expanded over the next five years.
Spanning the existing boundaries of Cannes and the newly built La Grande Maranche District, this airport complex will ultimately see five new passenger terminals built to coincide with the planned growth in demand for air travel into this region.
At a projected cost of almost EUR 2 billion, the new terminals will expand capacity to nearly 15 million people per year, more than tripling the current airport’s capacity during the high summer season.
However, while the construction will be well underway by the time the airport’s new terminal opens in September 2021, the potential scale of disruption at other airports in the region – such as Toulouse – means this may not be enough.
New flights for Cannes
The expansion of the runway at Toulouse is already nearing completion with the first test flights taking off in mid-2021, with the official opening in the summer of 2021. This airport currently serves more than 2.8 million passengers each year.
According to the CAA, other new flights to be introduced in the region include Geneva-Marseille, Geneva-Valencia, Geneva-Cordoba and Geneva-Nizza in 2021.
The report highlights further opportunities to increase air capacity.
Cannes Airport is also considered the most likely airport to suffer major disruption from construction activity in this part of the world, with the construction of the new Toulouse airport expected to affect more than 600,000 flights in the coming years, and bring additional challenges for the global aviation sector.
Airport worst affected by congestion
Regional authorities are aware that this will impact directly on passengers of the existing airport in Cannes.
It is estimated that these passengers, who are faced with more delays and longer journeys, could represent a total of 50,000 of the 170,000 potential new passengers arriving at the airport each year, according to the CAA.
According to the CAA, the current airport in Cannes is already the worst affected of all major airports in the region.
Cannes Airport currently suffers delays of up to 45 minutes on its three most important domestic and international routes – Paris-Calais-Paris, Milan-Bergamo-Paris and Milan-Düsseldorf-Paris – with estimated delays of up to 30 minutes on others, the CAA says.
However, the analysis shows that these delays will grow with the development of other airports in the region, as new routes, terminals and destinations are added to the airport system.
Conversely, while the airport could be further congested during this development phase, the current congestion is a consequence of growing demand in this part of the world.
This growth is the result of recent record levels of aviation activity in Europe – which has seen a total of more than 118 million passengers and more than 36 million tonnes of cargo air transported to and from the region, according to the CAA report.
While the construction of new airports is a vital part of the overall economic development of the regions in which they are being built, the new report suggests that even this will not be enough to ease congestion at existing airports.
In fact, at the current rate of air traffic growth, the air capacity at the existing airport in Cannes could fall below its limit in just 15 years.
For the aviation industry, it is now considered the more realistic option for airport authorities to try to attract more airlines into the region with the promise of wider flight slots to expand airport capacity.
However, for passengers, this is unlikely to happen soon enough.
Advice from Paris
To make matters worse, the report also includes detailed recommendations for the management of the existing airport in Cannes.
In particular, the report recommends reducing congestion on the existing airport by separating the arrival hall from the transfer desks, as well as helping travellers by displaying departure schedules from all departing flights.
It appears that those traveling from the southeast would be best served by taking other modes of transportation to the airport and staying as far away from the airport as possible during peak hours.
Passengers should also be encouraged to travel at least two hours before their flight departs to arrive at the airport.
Finally, more passenger facilitation staff would be needed to provide customer service to passengers, including guiding and advising them in airport facilities as well as informing them of the airport layout, according to the CAA.
The report adds that additional security measures should also be implemented to help increase security measures and improve safety.
Aside from highlighting the shortage of airport capacity in Cannes, the CAA report highlights the difficulty of transporting passengers through the existing airport, despite the complex journey itself.
For those arriving by plane, the current airport, located in the heart of the city, is accessed from three different railway stations.
As well as using public transport, it is also recommended that passengers could walk to the train station, to make sure they arrive at the correct terminal in the city centre.
For those travelling from the south-east, the report recommends using the Airport Express Line, from the city centre, to get to the airport in less than an hour.
Once there, passengers should be encouraged to take the EasyBus, to and from the airport.
Even though it only operates for a limited number of flights, the CAA says that those who use the Express Line are likely to spend significantly less on flights, and could help ease the airport’s current congestion.
For those on the airfield, it is recommended that emergency airfield access be extended to facilitate the immediate evacuation of passengers in the event of an emergency.