Iberia Express (Madrid) will commence operations on March 25 with four Airbus A320s from its parent. The initial routes will be between Madrid and Palma de Majorca, Alicante, Malaga, and Seville.
A total of 17 destinations will be served during the summer season, including Vigo, Santiago de Compostela, Granada, Minorca, Ibiza, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, and La Palma in Spain, and also Dublin, Naples, Mikonos, Riga and Amsterdam. The new airline, wholly-owned by Iberia, made its debut in Madrid today at a press conference hosted by the Iberia CEO Rafael Sánchez-Lozano and Iberia Express CEO Luis Gallego. According to Iberia, “the new Iberia unit is designed to restore profitability to short- and medium-haul routes, operating initially with four A320s on domestic and European routes. By the end of the year the company is expected to have fourteen A320s and a staff of some 500 people. The new company will strengthen the Iberia group’s Madrid-Barajas hub and contribute to the growth of its long-haul business.” The various Iberia unions have opposed the launch of Iberia Express.