Iberia, based in Madrid, will make history this winter as it plans to increase its capacity on both sides of the Atlantic. More than 300 weekly flights will be scheduled in Latin America for five months, the airline announced this week.
THE winter flight schedule d’Iberia will start on October 28 and last until March 30, 2024. With 17% more flights on the market this year, the airline hopes to strengthen its long-haul network. Maria Jesús López Solás, head of business development, networks and alliances at Iberia, said the plan will strengthen Madrid airport as a gateway to Europe and Latin America.
As a result, the carrier will exceed 300 weekly departures in Latin America. The growth represents a 14% increase in flights compared to 2019. In Europe, capacities will also be reinforced at Paris, Rome And Milano. Frequencies will also increase to other notable cities such as Athens, Budapest, Dusseldorf, Stockholm, Hamburg, Oslo, Prague and Zurich. Thus, it expects that during the five months of the winter season, more than two million seats will be offered between Europe and Latin America.
Mexico City is Iberia’s largest-capacity Latin American destination, with 21 weekly flights. The airline said the statistic corresponds to the three daily flights from Bogotá scheduled throughout the winter season. THE Peru will have a total of 13 weekly frequencies including the consolidation of the connection between Lima and Madrid with two daily flights. The country is right behind argentina – where Iberia will offer 14 weekly flights. At Chile, the frequencies will be 10 flights per week. The operation of Brazil will be slightly larger, depending on the airline. “Brazil will have the same level of connectivity and will maintain its daily flight to Sao Paulo and an additional frequency with Rio de Janeiro during the months of January and February until it reaches four weekly flights with this city”, explained the airline. Thus, at the beginning of 2024, Brazil will have 11 weekly frequencies with Europe. Other growing South American destinations include Quito (with a daily flight, ten weekly to Ecuador), Caracas in Venezuela (up to (flights per week instead of three), the Dominican Republic (up to 10 weekly flights in February), Puerto Rico (until one daily flight in early 2024).
These decisions come at a time when Iberia’s presence in the United States has been maintained and is even expected to increase. Iberia will operate more than 90 weekly flights between these two countries.