Iberia Targets July Resumption Of Short-Haul European Services

According to a press release on May 28, Iberia will resume short and medium-haul flights starting from July 1. The flag carrier of Spain will initially supply 21% seat capacity on short-haul and medium-haul routes. This will increase to 35% as coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

Iberia’s June schedule will be similar to May’s. Photo: Iberia

The flights in question are within Spain and Europe to some 40 destinations. Destinations will to 53 airports during the peak August summer holiday travel period.

The schedule in June will be similar to that of May

As far as long-haul flights are concerned, the IAG owned airline has said that it would like to resume service as soon as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. According to the press release, tickets purchased from now until June 30 for flights scheduled up to December 31 can be changed without penalty.

For June, Iberia will operate some level of connectivity to domestic and European cities as it did in May. These include flights to London and Paris. For the same month, Iberia will be offering a limited schedule between Madrid and the Canary and Balearic Islands. Iberia will also offer flights from Madrid to Barcelona, Asturias, Bilbao, La Coruña, and Vigo.

Iberia will fly to 40 destinations in July

Starting from July 1, when Spain is expected to lift all emergency laws related to the coronavirus pandemic, Iberia, Iberia Express and Iberia Regional will offer 194 return flights per week to 40 destinations. As we enter the height of the summer holiday travel season in August, the return flights will increase to 359. These figures equate to 21% of average seat capacity in July and 35% of average seat capacity in August for the oneworld Alliance member.

Iberia will offer 194 return flights per week in July. Photo: Getty Images

Iberia’s domestic flights within Spain will be resumed to Alicante, Almeria, Asturias, Barcelona, Bilbao, Granada, Jerez, La Coruña, Malaga, Pamplona, San Sebastian, Santander, Santiago, Seville, Valencia, and Vigo.

With regards to the Canary Islands, Iberia will offer flights to Tenerife Norte, Tenerife Sur, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, and La Palma. The Mediterranean’s Balearic Islands will see flights from the mainland return to Mallorca, Menorca, and Ibiza.

European flights from Spain that will resume in July will be to Athens, Brussels, Dubrovnik, Geneva, Lisbon, London, Milan, Munich, Oporto, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, Venice, and Zurich. While not in Europe, Iberia will also resume flights to the Senegalese capital of Dakar.

More destinations will be added in August

In August, Iberia will add Berlin, Bologna, Copenhagen, Dublin, Faro, Frankfurt, Lyon, Manchester, Marseilles, Prague, Santorini, and Toulouse to its list of short and medium-haul destinations. Flights to the Moroccan city of Marrakesh will also resume in August.

Iberia vouchers for canceled flights due to COVID-19 are valid until December 30, 2021 Photo: Thomas Boon / Simple Flying

Passengers holding vouchers for earlier flights that were canceled due to the coronavirus can use them to book summer holidays. However, customers can use them for travel up until December 30, 2021.

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