Iberia´s subsidiary Iberia Express on 3 July will commence flights from Riga to the capital of Spain Madrid. There will be two flights a week – on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
With Mykonos and Edinburgh, the airline completes the routes in July and amounts a total of six European routes in its summer program, to which Amsterdam will join in September.
Luis Gallego, CEO of Iberia Express, points out that "Iberia Express will have the best of Iberia and new attributes associated with the ‘express’ concept. The new airline will offer customers more affordable fares while maintaining the levels of service now provided by Iberia ".
„Spain is an attractive destination for many Latvian travellers, particularly in the holiday season. Now the passengers will have more options when planning their trips, including the direct flight to Madrid,” said Arnis Luhse, chairman of the board of Riga International Airport.
It should be added that Iberia Express will perform flights on the route Madrid – Riga – Madrid from 3 July to 15 September.
Riga International Airport is the biggest air traffic hub in the Baltic states with 16 airlines offering flights to 78 different destinations.
Iberia Express, Iberia´s subsidiary, operates short- and medium-haul routes and expects to close 2012 with more than 20 destinations, national and European, a fleet of 14 aircrafts and a staff of approximately 500 people. The airline also provides direct traffic to feed the Iberia´s long haul network and offers all the matrix services. Iberia Express is a member of oneworld, an alliance of eleven airlines which offers to its passengers a fleet of 2,000 aircrafts that operate 8,500 daily flights and 570 international destinations around the world in 135 countries.
Iberia Express currently operates a fleet of A-320 aircrafts to nine domestic destinations (Alicante, Malaga, Seville, Palma, Granada, Menorca, Vigo, Lanzarote and Ibiza), amounting to twelve in June when the new routes to Fuerteventura, Santiago de Compostela and La Palma premiere. During that month, Iberia Express will start its European operations with the Dublin and Naples routes.
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