Iberia Rebuilds Latin American Network for Summer 2021 With Service to 16 Countries
Iberia is reactivating their Latin American Network this summer with 90 weekly frequencies to 18 destinations in 16 countries. The carrier resumed service to Guayaquil in May, will add service to San Juan and Cali in July, and will expand frequencies through September.
On Monday (June 7, 2021), Iberia announced that they will reactivate their Latin American network for summer 2021 with 90 weekly frequencies to 18 destinations in 16 countries. As previously reported, the carrier resumed service to Guayaquil, Ecuador in May and will restart flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico and Cali, Colombia in July. Additionally, Iberia will increase frequencies to the Dominican Republic, São Paulo, Panama, Costa Rica and Cuba. Iberia will also increase domestic connections in Spain and offer service to over 90 destinations in Europe and Africa to facilitate seamless connections. From today (June 7th), The Spanish Government has lifted some restrictions on arriving tourists, including Latin American inbound travelers who have been inoculated with vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
In Monday’s announcement, Iberia’s Director of LATAM Sales and Institutional Agreements, Victor Moneo, said,
“This year Iberia celebrates 75 years flying to Latin America and we would like nothing more than to celebrate this round anniversary by recovering our entire network of destinations and frequencies. We are convinced that for the recovery it is necessary to bet and we bet on Latin America, so this summer we want it to be the turning point to take off again in this market with the same force as always. We return with all the prevention and hygiene measures that guarantee safety, with a more modern and sustainable fleet, and a wide network of connections because Iberia wants to continue being the natural bridge between Latin America and Europe.”
Between July and September, Iberia will increase services on numerous routes in the Americas. During July and August, the carrier’s Airbus A350-900 service to Mexico will increase to 12 weekly frequencies, increasing to 14 in September. Iberia currently offers daily flights to Bogotá, Santiago de Chile and São Paulo, and will add a frequency to Quito, Ecuador in July and August, increasing to up to six flights weekly, while maintaining three weekly flights to Guayaquil.
Flights to Montevideo will grow to three frequencies in July, increasing to five by August. Iberia will also offer four weekly flights to Havana during the summer and will add a fifth flight in September, while summer service to Panama will be doubled to six weekly flights. Additionally, service to San José, Costa Rica will increase to a daily frequency, while Guatemala City-San Salvador service will be offered up to four times weekly. Additionally, Iberia will increase service to Santo Domingo by 57 percent versus summer 2019 to 11 weekly frequencies, and the carrier received approval in June to operate three weekly flights to Buenos Aires, increasing to six weekly flights by July. Finally, the airline plans on resuming regular flights to Caracas, Venezuela, pending the reopening of the country to international travelers, and will operate a special flight on June 14, 2021.
Iberia operates one of the youngest long-haul fleets in the world with an average age of 4.5 years. Flights to Latin America will be operated with a fleet of 29 aircraft including nine Airbus A350-900s, 12 A330-200s and eight Airbus A330-300s.