Starting on 1st August 2016, there will be three return flights per week operated with Airbus A330-300 aircraft.
Iberia is to resume flights to Johannesburg, starting next August. With this route, the airline has resumed all flights it left to restructure its business in 2013.
“When we presented our transformation plan, we said that we intended to resume all flights we needed to stop at that time” , recalled Luis Gallego, Iberia’s Chairman and CEO. “Thanks to the efforts made by all employees to reduce our cost base and thanks to our new fleet, more fuel-efficient, we can now resume the route to Johannesburg, which will be profitable and sustainable”
Iberia will fly to Johannesburg three times a week, on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and return on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. It will use new AirbusA330-300s, with 36 seats in business and 242 in economy.
The flight schedule will facilitate connections to more than 100 destinations in the Iberia network. Apart from Spain, Portugal, Cuba, the U.S., the U.K, Italy, Germany and Switzerland will be the main countries to feed this flight. On board of these flights, Iberia will also carry freight, such as perishable goods, mainly fish from South Africa.
Johannesburg is Iberia’s 11th destination in Africa. The other destinations are Luanda, Algiers, Oran, Accra, Malabo, Casablanca, Marrakech, Tangier, Lagos, and Dakar.
Since April, 2014, the Iberia Group has resumed services to more than 20 destinations, including long-haul routes to Santo Domingo, Montevideo, Havana, Cali, Medellin, Puerto Rico, and now Johannesburg.