BUENOS AIRES – The Spanish airline Iberia announced on Tuesday that it will offer three additional flights on the Madrid-Buenos Aires route starting November 2018, for a total of 17 flights weekly, and that also next year it will incorporate a premium tourist class on all planes traveling to the Argentine capital.
During a press breakfast in Buenos Aires, the president of the company, Luis Gallego, said that Latin America is practically the reason Iberia exists because 50 percent of its passenger capacity serves this region, while recalling that Argentina was the first country in the area where the airline began flying 71 years ago, and where it still has the “vocation to keep growing.”
In an interview with EFE, Gallego noted that this increased flight frequency has a certain relation to Mauricio Macri becoming Argentina’s president in December 2015.
Since then, he said, he has noticed a “very positive” attitude on the part of the government “to create demand and provide facilities for companies” so they can “develop” their businesses.
“And we do notice that this opening means new opportunities for us,” he said.
Starting next March, Buenos Aires will become the fourth Latin American destination – after Mexico City, Bogota and Lima – where Iberia offers premium tourist class, launched by the airline six months ago and which, according to Gallego, “is halfway between tourist and business,” giving passengers “more room and greater comfort” than the first but without the cost of the second.
In a a statement to EFE, Gallego commented on the arrival in the Southern Cone country of Level, the new low-cost, long-range airline of the IAG group operated by Iberia with flights between Barcelona and Los Angeles, San Francisco, Punta Cana and Buenos Aires.
“We’re happy to see how low-cost tickets stimulate demand” for “this new operating model,” thanks to which “we’re checking in passengers that never flew with us before,” basically young travelers under age 35, he said, adding that the three flights Level was operating to the Argentine capital were increased to five last June.