Iberia will add Norway to its network of destinations next year with two new routes to Oslo and Bergen, starting in June, which will be added to three other destinations of the airline to Genoa (Italy) and Bastia in Corsica (France) and Corfu (Greece).
In particular, the Madrid-Bergen route will fly with two frequencies a week in the summer (June 1 to September 31), while the route to Oslo will be operated throughout the year starting on June 15. Flights to Genoa and Bastia will be offered throughout the summer and Corfu in August.
In a meeting with the press, Iberia CEO Luis Gallego affirmed that the airline will continue to grow “a lot” in 2019, in line with its plan to increase capacity by 6% per year until 2023, after increasing its offer in 7% this year in a context marked by high competition, control problems in Europe and higher fuel prices.
This growth will be determined by the arrival of nine aircraft throughout the year, four A350-900 (the last will start operating in 2020) and five A320neo, which will enable the planned increase in supply, as well as the renewal of its fleet.
BET ON EUROPE
The new ones will also strengthen the bet of the Iberia Group in Europe, along with the new routes that will premiere Iberia Express: Zadar (Croatia) and Bari (Italy) during the summer and Air Nostrum: Verona (Italy) in August, announced today the director commercial of Iberia, Marco Sansavini.
In addition, in the short and medium radius, it will strengthen its flights to destinations where it already operates such as Florence, Hamburg, Athens and Marrakech, which pass from the daily flight to eleven weekly frequencies during the next summer. It will also raise its capacity from August to Dakar with three additional frequencies a week to offer ten flights a week.
The routes from Madrid to Dubrovnik and Zagreb (Croatia) and Budapest (Hungary) will have more flights in summer, following the strategy of “testing” the seasonal routes to see how they work before assessing whether they operate in winter, explained Sansavini, and will offer more seats with larger planes on the routes from the capital to Faro (Portugal) and Olbia (Sardinia, Italy).
STRENGTHENS PRESENCE IN LATIN AMERICA
As for the long radio, it will center its growth in Bogotá (Colombia) with three additional frequencies, up to ten flights a week; in Montevideo (Uruguay) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), which will go from offering five weekly frequencies to the daily flight; as well as in Quito (Ecuador) that with more frequency will become daily. Finally, on the route Madrid-Lima (Peru) will operate ten flights a week in the months of July and August, three more than at present.
With the A350-900 it will start operating in two new routes: Madrid-Buenos Aires from the end of February and Madrid-Chicago from May. On flights to Havana and Johannesburg, will launch the class ‘premium tourist’.