Iberia Grows Frequencies To Costa Rica And Uruguay

Spanish national flag carrier Iberia is showing its leadership and commitment to Latin America by increasing Costa Rica and Uruguay flights. As demand starts to return following a devasting year of COVID-19 related restrictions, Iberia is adding two extra flights per week to Costa Rica and Uruguay.

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Iberia flights to Costa Rica and Uruguay are on Airbus A330-200s. Photo: Iberia

Both flights will be operated using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft with room for 288 passengers in a two-class configuration of 19 business class and 269 economy class seats. From its base at Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport (MAD), Iberia will offer a daily flight to San Jose, Costa Rica, and five flights per week to Montevideo in Uruguay. Roundtrip tickets from San Jose to Madrid start from CRC 360,566 ($580), while return tickets to Montevideo start from €530 ($626).

Tourism is picking up

The increase in flights reflects the number of people traveling for tourism on both sides of the Atlantic. It will also allow visitors from Costa Rice to connect to the more than 90 destinations Iberia serves in Europe.

The schedule of flights between Madrid and San José de Costa Rica are:

  • Iberia flight number IB6317 will depart Madrid daily at 11:35 and arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) at 14:30
  • Iberia flight number IB6314 will depart San Jose at 15:55 and arrive at Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport (MAD) at 10:45 the following day
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Tourism is leading the recovery in air travel. Photo: Iberia

When speaking about the increased flights to Costa Rica in an Iberia statement, Director of LATAM Sales and Institutional Agreements Víctor Moneo said:

“We know the importance of maintaining connectivity with Central America and, therefore, in 2021, we will offer 246,000 seats. Currently, Iberia is the company that offers the best connectivity and the largest number of direct flights from Europe, so it is an immense joy to have recovered the usual flight schedule that we offered before the pandemic.

With nearly five decades flying to the country, we were pioneers in linking Costa Rica on a direct flight with Europe in 2004, and our commitment remains constant over time. We are confident that this increased capacity will help energize the market; without a doubt, its variety of landscapes and microclimates, together with its commercial activity, make it an emblematic destination in which to continue growing.”

Uruguayans can connect through Madrid

The increase in the number of flights between Madrid and Montevideo is aimed at Uruguayans flying to Europe and using Iberia’s extensive network to connect to other destinations.

The schedule of flights between Madrid and Montevideo are:

  • Iberia flight number IB6011 will depart Madrid on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 00:35 and arrive at Berisso International Airport (MVD) at 08:20
  • Iberia flight number IB6012 will depart Montevideo on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 13:10 and arrive at Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport (MAD) at 06:15 the following day

When speaking about the increased flights to Uruguay in the Iberia statement, Director of LATAM Sales and Institutional Agreements Víctor Moneo said:

“After a complicated year and a half, it is an immense joy to increase the weekly frequencies between Spain and Europe with Montevideo from three to five. This year, in Iberia, we celebrated the 75th anniversary of our flights to Latin America, and in 1946 we were making a stopover in Montevideo. On this very significant date, we trust that this increase in capacity will help to reactivate demand, and we will soon be able to recover the supply of flights that we had before the start of the pandemic.”

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The IATA Travel Pass

When Iberia adopted the IATA Travel Pass in April, Montevideo was selected as the launch route. Iberia says that it is committed to using technology to help make flying safer and that the IATA Travel Pass is playing a part in that. With the IATA Travel Pass digital passport, passengers can store, manage and verify all their health requirements for international travel in a safe, secure way.

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Iberia first used the IATA Travel Pass on the Montevideo route. Photo: Iberia

Now that we are at the height of summer in Spain, it would appear as the number of people flying is increasing, as is evident in Iberia’s move to increase flights to Costa Rica and Uruguay.

What do you think about Iberia increasing its flight to Central and South America? Please tell us your thoughts in the comments.

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