Iberia Eyes Increased Winter Network As Demand Returns

With travel restrictions easing (or at least stabilizing), Iberia is bolstering its winter schedule with increased frequencies and upsized capacities. The Spanish carrier will significantly increase its operations for the upcoming season, which begins on October 31st. Let’s take a look at what Iberia will have to offer.

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Iberia’s new schedule includes both short-haul and long-haul services. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

“In the winter season that begins on 31 October, Iberia is expecting the continued recovery of passenger traffic, while contributing to it with promotional fares, and adding destinations and flight frequencies.” -Iberia

Increased short-haul frequencies

When it comes to adding (or restoring) short-haul frequencies, the highlights of Iberia’s winter schedule include:

  • Five flights per week from Madrid to the Spanish cities of La Coruña, Bilbao, and Vigo.
  • The airline’s Madrid-Barcelona shuttle service, also known as the Puente Aéreo (“Air Bridge”), will have 69 flights per week, or up to 11 daily return flights.
  • Seven flights per day from Madrid to Paris (including both Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports).
  • Up to three daily flights from Madrid for service to Lisbon, Oporto, Frankfurt, Brussels, Geneva, Milan, Rome, Zurich, Düsseldorf, Munich, Venice, Lyon, and Marseilles.
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Pictured here is just a small sampling of routes included in Iberia’s winter schedule. Increased European connectivity is a big part of this plan. Photo: GCMap.com

“Even in tough times the Spanish airline has maintained connectivity in [Latin America], where this winter it will serve 17 cities in 15 countries, for a total of more than 200 weekly return flights.” -Iberia

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Going long-haul

Flying west to Los Angeles, south to Santiago de Chile, and east to the Maldives Islands, Iberia’s long-haul network is far-reaching. However, it has a significant focus on Latin America.

The airline will have twice-daily flights from Madrid to Mexico City and 13 flights per week to the Dominican Republic. As mentioned previously, Cali in Colombia will have three weekly flights, while Bogota, Colombia, will have a total of 10 flights per week.

Going further south to Central America, Iberia will have six weekly flights each to Panama and Costa Rica. The airline’s triangle service from Madrid-Guatemala-El Salvador will see five flights weekly.

Iberia will also have four weekly flights to San Juan de Puerto Rico and six to Uruguay. The airline says it will continue to operate one daily return flight to São Paulo, Santiago de Chile, and Lima. It hopes to continue its daily flight to Buenos Aires but acknowledges that this is pending government approval.

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The Airbus A350-900 is a key part of Iberia’s long-haul operations. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

After experiencing success on its new route to the Maldives over the summer, the airline will fly to the South Asian destination twice per week from December through February.

And finally, for service to North America, Iberia will offer 10 flights per week to both New York and Miami with continued service to Chicago, Boston, and Los Angeles.

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