Long-haul flights from Level, a new low-cost airline from Spain
A new name has emerged on the market of low-cost flights in Europe. Level is a Spanish carrier, soon to be known overseas as its main focus are long-haul, transatlantic routes.
Airbus A330-202 in Level’s fleet.
Launched in 2017, Level is a wholly owned subsidiary of the international airline holding, International Airlines Group (IAG). The first flights of the new brand were operated in codeshare agreement and using the fleet of Iberia, Spain’s flag carrier, with which Level has a 1 year long partnership agreement. In the near future, however, it is to become a fully independent airline.
The company’s head-quarters are located in Barcelona El Prat Airport, from where Level flies to Boston, Oakland (USA), Buenos Aires-Ezeiza (Argentina) all year long and to Los Angeles in the summer season.
The airline’s second base will be located in Paris-Orly Airport, with the first long distance low-cost flights to start in July 2018 to Montreal-Trudeau (Canada) and Pointe-a-Pitre (Guadeloupe) and later on, in September, to Fort-de-France (Martinique) and Newark (USA).
The first days of operations of the new airline were a commercial success, having the company sold over 50 000 seats in only 48 hours.
Rapidly growing market for cheap long haul flights
Currently, the offer of long-haul flights from low-cost carriers is still fairly limited. Given the demand, however, it is expected that this segment of air travel will soon expand considerably.
Norwegian Air Shuttle (from Norway, obviously), Wizzair (Hungarian), Eurowings (German) and AirAsiaX (Malasia based) have already introduced long-haul flights in their offer; the Icelandic WOW Air, operating routes from Reykjavik to US, Canada and Middle East (as well as to Europe) is gaining popularity ever since it launched its first route in 2012.
Easyjet has recently expanded its connections platform allowing passengers to book connecting flights to long-haul destinations in the Americas and Asia through a partnership agreement with other airlines.
The largest budget carrier in Europe, Ryanair, has, too, opted for the strategic partnerships. The choice fell upon the Madrid-based Spanish airline Air Europa whose long-distance flights to 16 different countries in North and South America are now available to book via Ryanair’s website.