American Airlines Plans Spain Service Increases This Summer

With Spain set to open up from June, American Airlines is celebrating with expanded flight options starting June 17th. With borders set to open in just a couple of weeks to fully vaccinated visitors, American is currently running two daily flights to Spain from the US and is planning to double the number of flights in June.

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American Airlines is growing schedules to Spain this summer. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

American Airlines plans Spain increase

Spain is set to open up on June 7th for fully vaccinated visitors. This means more options for leisure travelers looking to go to Europe. American Airlines is currently flying flights to Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) and Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD).

Currently, flights to Barcelona are running out of Miami International Airport (MIA). Meanwhile, flights to Madrid are running out of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). The DFW to MAD flight is running on a Boeing 787-9. Meanwhile, MIA to BCN is scheduled on Boeing 777-200ERs. These two services are running daily.

The two additional flights will both be to Madrid from June 17th. Launching that day is a new link from MIA to MAD and another from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to MAD. Both flights will run daily onboard Boeing 777-200ERs.

The Boeing 777-200ER will be the most popular aircraft for American’s flights to Spain. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Brian Znotins, American’s Vice President of Network Planning, stated the following:

“American is eager to once again connect leisure customers with Spain. Whether they want to stroll through the Plaza del Sol and take in the excitement of the Spanish capital or relax on a sunny Barcelona beach, American is ready to take them on their journeys.”

Spain opens its borders

Any passengers who are fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine will be able to visit the country without quarantine. Americans will need to provide proof of vaccination. A digital vaccine passport is in the works, but Americans should plan on traveling with their white card.

Note that there may still be some restrictions in the country. For example, not all restaurants or shops may be open for full capacity. In addition, tourists may need to make some advance bookings to visit some tourist sites, attractions or take part in events.

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American Airlines will serve Spain in conjunction with its joint venture partner, Iberia. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

American Airlines’ operations to Spain

Spain is the home country of American’s Atlantic Joint Business Partner and fellow oneworld partner, Iberia. Madrid is the largest hub for Iberia. Passengers can connect onwards to destinations abroad or within Spain.

So, while some may worry that American is not adding too many nonstop flights to destinations like Barcelona, however, Iberia is set to operate some transatlantic flights out of Barcelona, and passengers can connect in Madrid.

Passengers can also benefit from connections on Iberia. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Meanwhile, New York-JFK Is being bolstered thanks to American’s Northeastern Alliance with JetBlue. With more connecting opportunities, this means more options for Americans to visit Spain this summer.

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Spain joins Iceland, Croatia, Greece, and Italy in reopening for Americans. France is aiming to open next, from June 9th. The European Union is committed to offering a standardized entry option into European countries for vaccinated travelers.

However, airlines are starting to experience a time crunch with adding more flights. The booking curve for international flights is usually a bit longer than domestic flights, so most Americans planning trips to Europe will likely be booking from July-onwards for now. Nevertheless, airlines are more than happy to see another country open up.

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