Iberia is returning to Rio de Janeiro with three weekly flights from Madrid starting October 30, 2022. The route will be operated with a 288 seat Airbus A330-200, for a total of 36,000 available seats for the winter 2022/23 season.
On Thursday (August 4, 2022), Iberia announced the return of service between Madrid and Rio de Janeiro for the winter 2022/23 season. From October 30, 2022, the carrier will offer three weekly flights on the route, which will be serviced with a 288 seat Airbus A330-200 featuring 19 Business Class and 269 Economy Class seats. The service will improve connectivity between Brazil and over 100 European destinations in Iberia’s winter schedule, with increased capacity to popular destinations such as Milan, Rome, Geneva, Barcelona and Bilbao. Iberia is currently finalizing their winter flying program which runs from October 30, 2022 through March 25, 2023.
In Thursday’s announcment, Iberia’s Commercial Director – Network Development and Alliances, Mª Jesús López Solás, said,
“At Iberia we are convinced that it is necessary to invest in recovery and we invest in Brazil, one of our strategic markets in Latin America. It is true that we have not yet recovered the capacity that we offered before the pandemic, but it gives us great joy to recover our flights with Rio de Janeiro and we continue to work with the same commitment and enthusiasm that we have shown throughout these 76 years since our first flight.”
For Winter 2022/23, Iberia will concentrate on Italy with an increase in service to Milan from 28 to 35 weekly flights, and an increase in service to Rome from 33 to 37 weekly flights. The carrier will service both cities with an average of five daily return flights. In Portugal, Iberia will increase frequencies to Lisbon to 40 weekly flights, with up to six flights daily, and will also serve Funchal all winter with three weekly flights. The carrier will also add capacity to Geneva, Brussels and Bordeaux, with up to 34 weekly flights to Geneva (up to five daily flights), and up to three daily frequencies to Bordeaux. Iberia Regional / Air Nostrum will also increase service to Bordeaux with up to three daily flights. In Spain, the carrier will focus on business traffic, as well as leisure travel to the Balearic and Canary Islands.