oneworld airlines to move to Barcelona's new Terminal 1 in September30 July 2009
All airline members of the oneworld® alliance serving Barcelona's El Prat airport are to transfer their operations into its new Terminal 1 with effect from 9 September.
Five of the alliance's carriers serve the airport - Iberia along with its affiliate Iberia Regional Air Nostrum, American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair and Royal Jordanian.
Iberia's value-based associate, Vueling, which is not part of oneworld, is also moving to Terminal 1 at the same time.
oneworld Vice-President Customer Experience and Airports Robert Antoniuk said: "oneworld's airports strategy is to bring the operations of its member airlines together wherever it makes sense and where opportunities allow. The opening of this magnificent new facility at the Iberia group's second home Barcelona provide just the ideal chance to do just that."
The alliance's airlines will have adjoining check-in desks among the terminal's total of 166.
Details of lounge arrangements for premium passengers will be announced nearer to the date of the move.
With 101 boarding gates, 43 air bridges and more than a hundred shops, bars and restaurants, the terminal will be able to handle 30 million passengers a year, almost doubling the airport's capacity.
To make it as environmentally friendly as possible, it has nearly 700 solar panels to generate power and completely automated regulation of its interior lighting.
September's move follows the transfer of all oneworld member airlines' seven airlines into the new EUR 6 billion Terminal 4 at Iberia's main Madrid home in February 2006 and comes as the alliance's eight on-line carriers at its biggest European hub, London Heathrow, complete later in the coming months their consolidation from across all five terminals into just two.
oneworld brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business - American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Malév Hungarian Airlines, Qantas and Royal Jordanian, and around 20 affiliates including American Eagle, Dragonair, LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador and LAN Peru. Mexicana and its affiliate Click Mexicana will join the alliance in 2009 and Russia's S7 Airlines in 2010.
Between them, these airlines:
- Serve almost 750 airports in nearly 150 countries, with some 8,500 daily departures.
- Offer nearly 550 airport lounges for premium customers.
- Carry some 330 million passengers a year.
- Employ 300,000 people.
- Operate almost 2,500 aircraft.
- Generate some US$100 billion annual revenues in total.
The alliance enables its members to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. These include a broader route network, opportunities to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles and points across the combined oneworld network and more airport lounges. oneworld also offers more alliance fares than any of its competitors. It is the only alliance with any airlines based in Australia, South America or Asia's Middle East.