Leon Airlines will begin operating from the Leon airport to Barcelona on the 1st of April. Last week EuropaPress published an article informing that the company has already signed an agreement to operate from the airfield in Leon and will feature a Saab 340 plane with a 35 passenger capacity that will link the capital of Leon to Barcelona daily. We informed about this company in December, though at the time operations were expected to begin in February.
“Our first flight is expected, without any operative changes, for the 1st of April and will be to Barcelona at the first hour that the airport allows us to fly, which is at 9:30,” the Leon Airlines representative Santos Álvarez explained. He also informed that during the month of April they will add a biweekly connection between Leon and Palma de Mallorca and a weekly flight to Alicante, although the exact date is still being considered. In the summer the company is trying to increase its destinations, as it announced in January, with a connection between Leon and Malaga once a week, as well as putting to work two other planes from the rest of the airports in the Autonomous Community to these same destinations.
According to the preliminary study carried out by the company, the occupancy of this first connection between Leon and Barcelona would be 70% with a cost of 200,000 Euros a month and an initial investment of 600,000 Euros. The ticket price will be specified in the coming weeks although they aim at making it “comparable to a train ticket in a sleeper car”, assured Álvarez.
Air Horizont is selling tickets
Leon Airlines is not the only startup that is on the verge of starting. Air Horizont was expected to start operating in April. However, ElEconomista informed that in the end the company has fixed the date to start operating the 14th of May. The tickets are already on sale through its web page airhorizont.com. According to the information given by AESA on its site, Leon Airlines and Air Horizont still do not have Air Operator Certificates (AOC), which means they should operate these flights using the AOC of another airline.