Iberia Celebrates A Strong Christmas Travel Season

Spain’s national airline Iberia is busy celebrating a successful holiday season. In a statement issued on January 12, 2022, the airline based at Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) said that between December 22 and January 9, Iberia Express and Iberia regional carrier Air Nostrum operated approximately 5,700 trip, almost 75% more. compared to 2020.

Iberia had more flights to the Canary Islands than in the same period 2019/2020. Photo: Iberia

During Christmas and New Year, Iberia operated regularly with 99.4% and average punctuality of 93.5%, the best in Europe among network airlines. Compared to the same period of the year, Iberia Airport Services had earlier tripled the number of passengers served while hiring about 1,000 temporary workers.

Iberia Express was the big winner

One of Iberia’s big successes has been its services to the Canary Islands, where the Iberia Express has sold 180,000 seats. The number represents a 4% increase in carrying capacity for 2019 before the pandemic. Praising its workforce, Iberia says that according to statistics, it was the most punctual airline in Europe and third globally with no canceled flights during the holidays.

While this year also facing the challenge of having to renew its licenses at Spanish airports, Iberia handled 3.1 million passengers on 11,200 flights. This number represents triple growth compared to the same period during 2021/2021.

Iberia was particularly pleased with the results

Iberia says it is particularly pleased with the results given current concerns about the highly contagious Omicron variant of COVID-19, which is making the rounds. Many other airlines around the world are experiencing staff shortages due to staff staying home after infection. Last week, Finnair’s national airline said it had canceled 20% of its flights in February due to staff contact with the disease.

Iberia crew
Iberia wants to thank all of its employees for their hard work. Photo: Iberia

For this reason, Iberia said in the statement that it would like to thank its employees for the commitment, dedication and professionalism they have shown during the Christmas period. By performing their duties, millions of customers have been able to be reunited with their families during the holidays.

Repatriation flights to Iberia Morocco

In other news related to Iberia, the airline has arranged four special repatriation flights for Spanish nationals and residents so they can leave Morocco. Following the global rise in infections caused by the Omicron variant of COVID-19, Morocco has suspended all international flights until January 31, 2022.

Iberia Airbus A320
The Moroccan return flights will be on Airbus A320 aircraft. Photo: Iberia

The first flight left from Casablanca to Madrid on January 7, and three more flights are now scheduled for 14, 21 and 28. Iberia says all repatriation flights will be operated with an Airbus A320 with a capacity of 140 and 200 passengers, depending on the model. Iberia says passengers pre-booked for travel to Spain in January from Casablanca, Marrakech or Tangier can rebook new flights at no charge by calling Iberia in Morocco +212520426053 or Spain 9001111500.

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Iberia has flown more than 70 repatriation flights while working closely with the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Union. Iberia has flown people home from more than 20 countries, including places the airline usually doesn’t fly, such as Australia, the Philippines and Nepal.

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