One of the big reasons for Barcelona being such a popular destination for weekend breaks is that the city was one of the early targets for the low-cost carriers.
The Luton-Barcelona route was one of Easyjet's first routes into continental Europe and coincided with improvements to Barcelona, firstly to upgrade the city's image in the immediate post-Franco years and later for the 1992 Olympics.
The combination of budget flights, a city in the process of renewal, warmer weather and low cost of living made Barcelona a hit with scores of travellers from the UK.
Since those early days of low-cost flights things have continued to improve and EasyJet is not the only low-cost kid on the block - Ryanair flies to Girona, originally calling it, rather cheekily, Barcelona-Girona Airport, although they now list it as Girona (Barcelona).
As Easyjet added routes, other airlines also started up. Although some of those are not still with us, there are still plenty of budget airlines with Barcelona flights - Globespan and Air Scotland, Jet2, BMI Baby to name a few.
The result is that you can now find Barcelona flights from all over the United Kingdom as well as Ireland and there are also many connections from other European cities. Flights from the south of England are around two hours.
The major airlines have been hit hard by this and rebounded by slashing costs, although it seems to be too little to late. They do have offers though and are worth checking as sometimes the budget airlines can be more expensive than British Airways and Iberia, especially as it gets closer to the departure date.
In fact the best advice on getting a good deal on a Barcelona flights from the low-cost airlines is to book early and be flexible with dates if you can.
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