Iberia to exit short and medium-haul routes by 2015

Iberia (Madrid) is getting out of the short and medium-haul business and will concentrate on its long-haul business.

Iberia will create a new unnamed low-cost subsidiary to be based in Madrid, which will start operations in November 2010. This new airline will gradually take over the IB’s short and medium-haul routes, and will then expand by taking over British Airways’ short-haul routes pending the planned merger. By 2015, IB will no longer fly the short and medium-haul routes with its own planes and crews, thus concentrating on the long-haul routes especially to South America.

Expected fleet changes:

Airbus A320:

Leaving the fleet in 2010:


Airbus A319:

Arriving in 2010:

EC-LEI (already in MAD) EC-KUB (April 1)

Airbus A340:

Leaving the fleet in 2010:


EC-GQK, EC-HQF, EC-HQH (September), and EC-HQN (December).

Arriving in 2010:


EC-LCZ (already in MAD), EC-LEV (April 1), EC-LEU (June 1), EC-??? (July 1), EC-??? (August 1), the last being the last production line A340-600 to be built, and therefore, the last A340 to be built by Airbus.

2 thoughts on “Iberia to exit short and medium-haul routes by 2015


    There’s something missing on one of those ??? i mean that the 4th A346 maybe EC-KZI.U can see it on planespotters.net by airline hsitory o by manufacturer. cheers hope to help you.

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