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Spanish Tourist Office and Vueling outline their confidence with five new London routes

From April 1, 2022, London Gatwick will host five new routes to Spain in a show of confidence for UK demand to Spain this year. 

At a briefing at London's Spanish Tourist Office, Pedro Medina, deputy director of the UK's Spanish Tourist Office, and Carolyn Prowse, Vueling's chief commercial, strategy, network and customer office, highlighted their confidence in Brits' return to Spain escapes with five new routes from Spain to London Gatwick. 

2021 welcomed under 32 million arrivals to Spain, representing around 37% of 2019's numbers, but these are expected to grow even more in 2022. 

Pedro Medina explained: “In 2019, Spain registered over 83.5 million international arrivals which is huge, however, our focus is not to recover these numbers. We are looking at a more long-term tourism strategy which encourages social, environmental, and economic sustainability.  In the short-term, we are focusing on bringing back quality tourism and rebuilding traveller confidence, whilst in the mid to long term, we will be identifying and targeting key consumer groups which are aligned to our sustainability objectives.”

Carolyn Prowse added: "The United Kingdom represents Vueling’s strongest international market growth for 2022. We have doubled our presence at Gatwick airport compared to 2019 by adding new routes to Spain and deploying two new aircrafts from April. This commitment from London Gatwick is in addition to our expanded operations from Paris Orly. Together, these two initiatives showcase how Vueling aims to help boost international markets this summer."

The five new routes from London Gatwick serve Seville, Granada, Malaga, Almeria and Menorca, joining 25 routes from the UK to Spain, France and Italy. 

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