- IATA/ICAO code:
- Airline type:
- Full service carrier
- Madrid Barajas Airport
- Year of foundation:
- one world
- Air group:
- Javier Sanchez-Prieto
Spanish carrier Iberia is seeking to fully recover its pre-pandemic capacity on the most important long-haul route it has, between Madrid Barajas International Airport (MAD) and Mexico City’s Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX). This winter season, the airline will operate three daily flights on this route.
Back in force
Iberia is working to resume its entire network of flights and destinations for the 2022-2023 winter schedule, which will run from October 30 to March 25, 2023. During this season, the airline is expected to offer the same capacity as she had in 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be possible in particular thanks to the relaunch of its last remaining routes in Latin America (Rio de Janeiro and Caracas), its commitment to the American market and a greater deployment of flights on its short and medium-haul network.
Additionally, Iberia is seeking to recover 100% of its pre-pandemic capacity by adding four new weekly flights to Mexico City. The airline will operate 21 weekly flights between the two countries, offering more than 300,000 seats on board its flagship Airbus A350 fleet. The A350 has a capacity of 348 passengers in a three-class cabin. There are 31 seats in business class, 24 in premium economy class and 293 in economy class. The Widebody features high-speed Wi-Fi, panoramic windows, wider aisles and higher ceilings, providing a greater sense of space, and an air renewal system that improves onboard humidity levels 11-16%.
With three daily flights, Mexico City will be the most frequent metropolis of all the Spanish airline’s destinations, demonstrating the company’s firm commitment to this strategic market and strengthening its leadership in Latin America.
Iberia will offer three daily flights to Mexico City this winter. Photo: Guillermo Quiroz Martínez via @gquimar.
Improve connectivity with Viva Aerobus
Last week, Iberia and Mexican ultra-low-cost airline Viva Aerobus announced an exclusive codeshare agreement, allowing the Spanish airline to offer an extended map route in Mexico to 19 other cities. New destinations included in the Viva codeshare include Guadalajara, Cancún, Monterrey, Veracruz, Mérida, Tampico, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Tijuana, Hermosillo, Oaxaca, Huatulco, Torreón, Puerto Escondido, Ciudad Juárez, La Paz, Chetumal and Mazatlan.
Likewise, Viva Aerobus travelers will benefit from the Iberia road map in Europe; they have access to more than 100 destinations in Europe. Mª Jesús López Solás, commercial director, network development and alliances of Iberia, said last week:
“At Iberia we have always opted for Mexico as one of our strategic markets, both from the point of view of tourism and business traffic. As demand increased, we responded to this recovery with an increase in capacity very close to pre-pandemic levels. Now, thanks to the codeshare agreement with Viva Aerobus, we will be able to offer better service to our customers and greater capillarity with a wide range of destinations within the country.
Increasing connectivity in Europe
Iberia is also looking to increase its connectivity in Europe, adding capacity to its routes in Spain and abroad. For example, Iberia is looking to expand its services in several cities such as Milan, Rome, Lisbon, Brussels, Bordeaux and Geneva, and will continue its commitment to Funchal and Madeira (Portugal).
Finally, in Spain, Iberia, Iberia Express and Iberia Regional/Air Nostrum will offer a flight program focused on leisure and business traffic to the Balearic and Canary Islands. During the winter season, Iberia will resume all its Madrid-Barcelona Air Shuttle flights, with 87 weekly frequencies and up to 15 daily flights in each direction.