At the beginning of the summer season of 2017, the Iberia Group is adding new destinations, as well as more capacity on some long-haul routes, while changing the operational model on others.
On 26 March Iberia will launch Madrid-Basel flights every day except Thursday, making the city the Spanish airline’s third destination in Switzerland. The Basel airport is also used by travellers living in southern Germany and north-eastern France. Iberia will offer nearly 60,000 seats on this route in 2017.
Iberia Express will launch routes to Cardiff in Wales and to Cagliari in Sardinia, which it will operate during the summer months.
On long-haul routes, Iberia is raising the number of available seats between Madrid and Quito by 22%, flying six times a week with its largest aircraft, the A340-600. It will also raise capacity to Medellin, flying non-stop to/from Madrid three times a week, while continuing to reach Guayaquil and Cali via code-shares with other airlines.
Iberia will also strengthen its offer in Puerto Rico. On 27 March, the Spanish airline will resume its flights between Madrid and San Juan with three frequencies every week on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays, for a total offer of more than 52,500 seats, an increase of nearly 31% compared to the summer season in 2016. On the Madrid-Buenos Aires route, Iberia will maintain twice-daily service throughout the year, increasing capacity by 16.3%.
The airline is considering adding three weekly flights to Mexico City, where it already flies twice a day.
The airline will also add capacity in some of the destinations served during the summer months. In Dubrovnik, it will grow by 25% and in Zagreb by 54%. On its Madrid-Budapest flights, Iberia will increase its offer by 27%, while it will increase its capacity in Catania and Funchal by 38% and 11% respectively.
Cork, Edinburgh, Keflavik, Oslo, St. Petersburg and Santorini will return to the Iberia Group network during the summer months. Iberia will also fly to Shanghai, Tokyo, and Johannesburg, all destinations added this year.
The coming summer will also witness the launch of Iberia’s new Premium Economy class on some of its long-haul flights to the Americas. The new intermediate class features wider and more comfortable seats, extra leg-room, 13-inch individual screens, upgraded meal service, and an additional piece of luggage.