Iberia Targets Growth Over Pre-Pandemic Levels To Puerto Rico

Earlier this week, Spanish flag carrier Iberia announced increased services for Puerto Rico in its summer schedule. The Madrid-based airline plans to add one more weekly flight between Madrid and San Juan to cater to the growing demand, bringing services up to five a week.

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Iberia will use an Airbus A330-200 for the Madrid to San Juan flights. Photo: Iberia

The increase in capacity on the route will add more than 84,000 seats between April and October. In a statement, Iberia said that its 2022 schedule represents 25% more capacity on the route than seen in pre-pandemic 2019.

Iberia added that the additional flight shows the carrier’s commitment to the Spanish-speaking world and its determination to reinforce its role as a leading airline throughout Latin America.

Greater connectivity

During the winter, Caribbean islands like Purto Rico offer a warm-weather escape for Europeans looking for some winter sunshine. This makes the territory inviting all year round, allowing Iberia to offer four flights a week between Madrid and San Juan during the winter season (October to March).

Puerto Rico is an American territory with a population of 3.2 million. Photo: Iberia

The increase in frequencies is being done to allow the 3.2 million people who call Puerto Rico home to visit Spain or connect with Iberia to other destinations in Europe over the summer. The flight schedules are as follows:

  • Iberia flight number IB6301 will depart Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) at 16:15 and arrive at San Juan Airport (SJU) at 18:45. The flight will operate on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
  • Iberia flight number IB6300 will depart SJU at 20:20 and arrive in MAD at 10:30 AM (+1 day). The flight will operate on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

On the route, Iberia will deploy one of its 19 Airbus A330-200s. The aircraft is configured to carry 288 passengers, 19 in business class and 269 in economy.

Arriving passengers can connect to more than 90 destinations

The Madrid to San Juan route is also part of Iberia’s business agreement with oneworld partners American Airlines, British Airways, and Finnair. by adding an additional flight per week, Iberia aims to improve connectivity between the United States territory and Europe.

Any passenger from Puerto Rico arriving in Madrid can connect from Terminal 4 to the over 90 destinations Iberia serves in Europe. Within the agreement between Iberia and The Company of Tourism of Puerto Rico, the Spanish airline will promote Puerto Rico as a tourist destination. The deal will also see Iberia promoting Puerto Rico on the airline’s inflight entertainment channel, Ronda magazine, and social media.

When speaking about the cooperation in Iberia’s statement, the executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Carlos Mercado Santiago, said:

“We are extremely satisfied with the results of the commercial alliance between the Tourism Company and the Iberia airline. Just months after reactivating the direct route from San Juan – Madrid, today we are pleased to announce the increase in frequency to a total of five direct flights per week for the summer season. These numbers go above the pre-pandemic operations, which will promote the strengthening of the tourism industry and the economic development of Puerto Rico.”

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Iberia will promote tourism in Puerto Rico. Photo: Iberia

Jorge Hernánde, CEO of San Juan Airport’s parent company, added,

“Madrid is an important connection point between Puerto Rico and the rest of Europe and one of the preferred European destinations for Puerto Ricans. This new air frequency expands connectivity, giving our travelers more options. We welcome you to this new flight, which we are sure will be very successful.”

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