IAG’s long haul low-cost airline, LEVEL, is boosting its capacity servicing Josep Tarradellas Barcelona–El Prat Airport (BCN) to Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) through the Southern Hemisphere summer season.
LEVEL operates the practical Airbus A330-200 on the route, and from November 1, the airline is set to increase its frequency from five days per week to seven until December 20.
From December 21 to January 16, the airline will reduce to six flights per week before increasing to seven again until March 12. Once summer comes to a close, the airline then reduces its capacity to between five and six flights per week.
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LEVEL’s 314 seater aircraft A330-200 aircraft, branded in LEVEL but operated on behalf of Iberia, houses a practical premium economy and economy class offering and being the only airline offering a direct service on the route, capturing the market for those looking to avoid any stopovers.
The airline operates the below schedule on the route:
- IB2601, departing Barcelona (BCN) at 01:30 and arriving in Buenos Aires (EZE) at 11:10.
- IB2602, departing Buenos Aires (EZE) at 13:00 and arriving in Barcelona (BCN) at 05:30 the next day.
More about LEVEL
Commencing operations on June 1, 2017, LEVEL was the idea of the International Airlines Group (IAG), looking to introduce a long-haul low-cost offering across the Atlantic. Based in Barcelona, the airline offers operations to six destinations across North and South America. Including Boston, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and soon to return to regular service, Santiago, recommencing October 31.
Post-pandemic, the airline has had a cautious approach to the resumption and introduction of services and frequencies, such as its return to Boston and to Los Angeles.
As noted by IAG, LEVEL’s philosophy is:
LEVEL is IAG’s low-cost airline brand, built on the belief that the world is a better place when we all get out and experience it. LEVEL offers an affordable, easy and warm travel experience that inspire people to explore the world their way.
With this in mind, it’s no wonder that their offering is focused on the leisure market from Barcelona.
Paris and Vienna briefly saw the introduction of LEVEL services, from Paris long-haul to North America, and Vienna was fortunate enough to trial the short-lived LEVEL Europe offering to numerous destinations on the continent, however in June 2020, LEVEL Europe went into liquidation and terminated its services.
Past destinations that featured for the airline were those such as Las Vegas, Montreal, Montevideo, and Fort-de-France. Some of these were inherited from the airline’s replacement of IAG’s Open Skies product from Paris Orly, which was rebranded to LEVEL before terminating services in July 2020.
The airline currently operates a fleet of 7 Airbus A330-200, all operated by Iberia from its Barcelona base.
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Sources: International Airlines Group, AvianciOnline