Stephanie Holmes flies from Rome to Split, aboard Vueling Airlines V6736.


Airbus A320 with Vueling — a Spanish low-cost airline with hubs in Barcelona and Rome's Fiumicino airport.

Class: There's only one.


Price: Advertised fares on Vueling's website can be as low as $58.

Luggage: Passengers get 23kg of checked baggage and 7kg of hand luggage.

Check-in: This was a connecting flight for me, having come all the way from Auckland with Qatar Airways. My bags had been checked through all the way to Split, but I had to pick up a boarding pass for this leg of the journey, which I was able to do at the gate an hour before flying.

Airport experience: Fiumicino is a lovely, spacious airport, with lots of natural light, good shopping and great dining options, with typically delicious Italian food on offer.

Flight time: A swift 45 minutes.

On time: About 15 minutes late to leave.

Seat: 24D, an aisle seat in this 3-3 configured aircraft. It was pretty basic, with limited space to stretch out.

How full: To bursting. I was glad I got on early and stowed my cabin baggage overhead as latecomers were struggling to find space.

Entertainment: Just Vueling's Ling in-flight magazine.

Food and drink: Available to purchase, but nothing — not even a glass of water — given out for free.

Service: The crew were gorgeous, but on such a short flight their passenger interaction was quite limited.

Fellow passengers: Mostly European holidaymakers heading to Croatia for some summer sun.

Toilets: Forty-five minutes was short enough for me not to go.

Would I fly again: Yes, they're equivalent to Jetstar, getting you to Europe's hot spots for reasonable prices.