Iberia is strengthing its plans for Summer 2024, with more long-haul flights on its network, along with some extended European operations.
Latin America will see an increase in services with the airline increasing its number of weekly flights to many of the 18 destinations in 16 Latin American countries -up to 328 weekly flights. Highlights include:
- Argentina: Three frequencies will be added to the two daily flights currently operated with the Latin American country, offering a total of 17 weekly flights between Madrid and Buenos Aires, with the Argentinean capital having three daily flights three days a week.
- Brazil: During this summer season, Rio de Janeiro will have six weekly frequencies in the months of June, July, August, and September, with three new frequencies to Sao Paulo expanding on the current daily operation, reaching ten weekly frequencies. In total, Brazil will have 16 weekly frequencies next summer.
- Colombia: Bogotá will scale from 18 to 21 flights a week – three flights a day.
- Mexico: The three daily flights between Mexico City and Madrid will be maintained, connecting Mexico and Europe with 21 weekly frequencies.
- Peru: Iberia will maintain the current service pattern – 13 frequencies per week, with two daily flights, except on Sundays.
- Ecuador: Flights to Ecuador will be increased, with an additional weekly flight to Quito – turning it into a daily operation. Connections with Guayaquil will go from three to five frequencies between June and September.
- Santiago de Chile: Three more flights will be added to the seven weekly frequencies offered last summer, reaching a total of 10 frequencies each week.
- Uruguay: A daily flight is maintained between Madrid and Montevideo.
- The seven weekly frequencies with Guatemala and El Salvador will be maintained,
- San José de Costa Rica will continue to have one daily flight.
- Panama will have four weekly frequencies.
- Puerto Rico will see its flights increase, going from five weekly frequencies to seven.
- Santo Domingo will maintain its one daily flight,
- Havana will continue to have three weekly frequencies.
- Venezuela will maintain its five-flights-a-week service to Caracas
United States of America
Iberia will be offering a lot of connectivity to North America with it offering 126 weekly flights to eight destinations in this country.
- New York JFK – Two daily flights
- Miami – Two Daily flights
- Los Angeles – Seven Weekly flights during June, July, August, and September
- Chicago – One Daily Flight
- Boston – One Daily Flight
- Dallas-Forth Worth – One Daily Flight
- Washington DC – Returning to the network with four weekly frequencies
- San Francisco – Thtrre times a week
LEVEL (the low-cost offshoot of IAG) will also offer Barcelona to Miami with three flights per week. With this route, LEVEL offers a total of five destinations between Barcelona and the United States: Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Boston, and Miami.
Short and medium-haul
The European network will gain Tirana in Albania in April, with three flights a week. . There will be three weekly frequencies, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, which will link the Albanian capital with Madrid. Split and Zagreb (Croatia), Catania (Italy) and Ponta Delgada (Portugal) will gain seasonal increases, operating through the summer season as opposed to peak months.
Iberia will also expand operations to other summer-only operations, It will schedule flights to Corfu, Mykonos, Santorini (Greece) and Olbia (Sardinia, Italy) from May to September. In the case of Bergen (Norway), Iberia will operate flights from May to early September, instead of only in July and August.
Strengthing frequencies, expanding connectivity
Rather than adding destinations en-mass, the airline has focused on strengthening its network – especially in Latin and Central America with additional frequencies being added to support European summer routes.
That should offer travellers on this network some compelling options, with growth in daily flight operations – and in some cases, multiple frequencies too.
With the networks settled for winter and deep planing going into the summer network, Iberia is looking towards Latin America to boost its balance sheet in 2024.
We’ll have to watch and see if it does.
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