Willie Walsh: “LEVEL to have 30 aircraft in five years”

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Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group (IAG), expects the group’s new long-haul low-cost carrier LEVEL to grow to 30 aircraft over the next five years, while a decision on where to launch its second base imminent.

Walsh said the airline would grow to about 13 aircraft by 2019 and up to 30 by 2022 following strong demand from passengers since the Barcelona-based carrier began operations on 1 June 2017. It launched with a fleet of two Airbus A330s provided by sister company Iberia.

“We have three aircraft on the way. We might look at expanding our presence in Barcelona but the two principal European cities we’ve looked at are Rome and Paris,”

Walsh said.

“We’ll make a decision on that within the next couple of months. We do prefer one over the other, and I think it will be at least two aircraft in the new base.”

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