Following Italy’s decision to allow European Union citizens to visit the country without restrictions, Spanish national flag carrier Iberia is making Italy one of its flagship destinations. In a statement issued on June 10, 2021, Iberia said that it would be increasing the number of flights between Spain and Italy while at the same time introducing new Italian destinations.
Iberia flies to seven Italian destinations: Bologna, Florence, Milan, Naples, Rome, and Turin. This will be extended by a further five destinations Bari, Cagliari, Catania, Olbia, and Palermo, in mid-June.
Current Italian destinations
Let’s take a look at Iberia’s destinations, their anticipated launches, and expected frequencies.
- Rome: Starting this month, Iberia will fly to the Italian capital 18 times a week, increasing to 21 frequencies in July.
- Milan: For summer 2021, Iberia will offer three daily direct flights from Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport (MAD).
- Florence: During June, Iberia will offer four flights a week to Florence. This will then increase to one flight a day in July.
- Venice: In June, Iberia will offer ten flights a week to Venice, increasing to 14 in July.
- Naples: Iberia will fly to Naples five times a week during June, increasing to one flight per day in July except for Tuesdays.
- Bologna: Operated by Iberia regional subsidiary Air Nostrum, Iberia will offer 11 flights a week in June, increasing to 14 frequencies in July.
- Turin: Iberia Regional / Air Nostrum also operates this route with five weekly frequencies during June and a daily connection in July.
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New Italian destinations
Iberia’s five new Italian destinations and their frequencies are as follows:
- Bari: Iberia will commence flights to Bari on June 21 and offer three weekly flights on a Monday, Friday, and Saturday during July and August. Located on the “heel” of Italy on the Adriatic Sea, Bari is a bustling port with connections to Albania, Croatia, and Greece. While not as popular as Puglia’s, Lecce, Bari has a young population thanks to its university and a street food scene dominated by seafood.
- Catania: Iberia will operate three weekly flights to Catania in June, five in July, and then daily in August. Located 18.6 miles (30 kilometers) from Mount Etna, Catania is the second-largest city in Scilly. Unlike the more sophisticated Palermo, Catania has a more youthful vibe and a UNESCO-listed wonder in its historic center.
- Olbia: Iberia will offer three flights per week to Olbia starting June 22. This will then increase to four flights a week in July and five flights per week in August. Located close to Sardinia’s glitzy marinas on the Costa Smeralda, once you get past Olbia’s industrial outskirts, you will discover a lovely city crammed full of cafe-rimmed piazzas. Olbia is a much better alternative with its historic center than the purpose-built resorts to the north and south.
- Cagliari: Starting June 18, Iberia will fly to Cagliari two times per week. Closer to Tunisia than it is to Rome, Caligari on the island of Sardina has seen the rule of several civilizations. Besides having history everywhere, you look, Cagliari is the most Italian of all the cities in Sardina, as evidenced by the tree-lined boulevards and Vespas.
- Palermo: During June, Iberia will fly to the Scillian capital once a week; in July, this will increase to two flights per week then three flights per week in August. In July, the flights will be on Thursdays and Saturdays, with Wednesday added in August. Scilly’s capital Palermo is the most conquered city globally, thanks to its central Mediterranean location. Palermo offers visitors a heavily spiced mix of cultures dating from the Phoneticians to the unification of Italy in 1861. Full of history, culture, art, and food, visitors to Palermo will never run out of things to see and do.
Iberia joins numerous other airlines taking advantage of Italy’s easing travel restrictions. It will be interesting to see how the airline does with its bet on Italy. The airline might even be able to capitalize on single-stop transatlantic traffic coming from the United States.
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