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Air Europa has 54 routes this winter, nearly all from Madrid; huge competition with suitor Iberia

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Air Europa (including Air Europa Express) is Spain’s third-largest carrier after Iberia and Vueling. According to Planespotters.net, the two units have 50 aircraft: 27 737-800s, 11 787-8s and 12 787-9s, with 737 MAX 8s coming.

Cirium tells that Air Europa is the fourth-largest carrier serving Spain by winter seats behind Ryanair, Vueling and Iberia. However, it is number two at Madrid, which accounts for nearly 90% of its available capacity. No wonder IAG, the owner of Iberia, is so keen to acquire Air Europa. Winter seats are nearly back to W19 level, but still behind the previous peak.

Air Europe winter developmen

54 routes, with 45 from Madrid

Analysis of Air Europa’s route network shows it has 20 domestic and 34 international routes in W23, based on having a minimum of four flights.

While the airline introduced multiple routes in 2023, only one is served in the northern winter: Madrid-Cordoba (Argentina). While previously served on a one-stop basis via Asuncion, the non-stop in both directions launched on 29 October 2023. It is served 3-weekly and is the only airline on the long, 10,110-km airport pair.

Most of Air Europa’s winter routes are from Madrid, along with a handful from Palma and Bilbao. Its network is broken as follows. The map below shows its short-haul markets.

  • Domestic: 20 routes (12 from Madrid)
  • International Europe: 12 routes (11 from Madrid)
  • South America: 12 routes from Madrid
  • North America (including Mexico): three from Madrid
  • Caribbean: three from Madrid
  • Central America: two from Madrid
  • Middle East: one Madrid
  • North Africa: one from Madrid

Air Europa's short-haul

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Madrid-Palma is the number one route

Given higher frequencies, domestic Spain accounts for 48% of Air Europa’s winter capacity. Eight of its top 10 routes are domestic and nine are from the Spanish capital.

Madrid-Palma is its leading route. In early December, it has 44-weekly flights, against 46 with Iberia and 31 with Ryanair. While it is not the largest carrier there, it is number one to Porto, Malaga, La Coruna and Vigo.

Top 10 Air Europa routes W23

82% of Madrid routes compete with Iberia

Using Cirium to compare Air Europa and Iberia’s winter networks indicate that they overlap on 39 of the 54 routes (72%): 14 domestic and 25 international. This includes the Iberia Express and Iberia Regional units.

Not surprisingly, direct competition is greater at Madrid (82%). Iberia competes directly in all 12 domestic markets and nearly all internationally. They do not face each other to Asuncion, Cordoba, Cancun, Medellin, Punta Cana, Salvador, San Pedro and Santa Cruz.

Where they do face each other from Madrid internationally, Air Europa is larger (by available seats) to Caracas, Frankfurt, Sao Paulo, Guayaquil, Havana, London LGW, Munich, Panama City, Porto and Santo Domingo. Interestingly, Air Europa is larger on more than half of the domestic markets: Alicante, Bilbao, A Coruña, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Valencia and Vigo.

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