The competition for long-distance low cost routes in Barcelona is hardening. According to the ARA Level announced today the two new flights that will be included in the programming for the coming summer season: Santiago de Chile and New York (especially the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Airport) are the two destinations chosen by the cheap airline of the IAG . Asked about this newspaper, the company, which is still working with Iberia planes, does not confirm the destinations and only states that Level "constantly revises its network of routes and communicates any changes where necessary."
Over the past few weeks, Iberia has asked slots at El Prat airport to start both routes in the coming summer. These destinations are added to the flights that Level already carries out in San Francisco, Boston and Buenos Aires. Moreover, when the warmer months arrive, the airline could restore the seasonal route in Los Angeles that it has offered over the past two years. With the addition of the flight to New York, Level overlaps a route with Norwegian, the main competitor in Barcelona (recently it has already done so with Paris). The Scandinavian company also flies between the Catalan capital and the big city in the east of the US, but does so via the Newark airport instead of the JFK.
The situation is similar to that on the route to San Francisco, because while Norwegian lands in Oakland (north of the city), the IAG brand does it in San Francisco International (south). It should be noted that American Airlines, the other company that operates Barcelona-New York, is already part of an alliance for transatlantic flights with Iberia.
Impulse in Latin America
Level wants to strengthen the routes in the United States – where Norway has done a lot over the past year – but also wants to replicate the success of its route in Buenos Aires. Currently he offers eight weekly flights to the Argentine capital and after Aerolínias Argentinas has left the route, he operates alone. In the case of Santiago, Level will only compete with Chilean Latam. Exactly this week, the Supreme Court of that country gave the green light for an agreement between IAG, Latam and American Airlines for flights to the US and Europe.