A new airline is set to launch flights this year serving the small principality of Andorra, in the Pyrenees between France and Spain.
Andorra Airlines is due to begin flights in April 2016 using a fleet of ATR 42-600 and ATR 72-600 aircraft.
Unusually, the small country does not have its own airport with a runway long enough for airliner operations, so all flights will operate from the nearby Andorra-la Seu d’Urgell airport over the border in Spain, and some 27km from the capital, Andorra La Vella.
Initial routes to be operated by the airline are:
- Andorra – Madrid Barajas
- Andorra – Palma de Mallorca
- Andorra – Paris CDG
- Andorra – Porto
The airline anticipates expanding with routes to Belgium, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands in the future.
Andorra-la Seu d’Urgell airport is a relatively new facility, having opened in 1982, but remaining closed for a number of years. It has been open again for commercial traffic since 2015 and is planning upgrades to allow more flights to operate.
The airport has a small terminal, and a single 4,300ft runway.