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New Route of the Day (11 December 2023): Iberia between Madrid and Doha


Iberia introduced flights between Madrid and Doha on Monday 11 December. The 5,340-kilometre service will be maintained daily with the 288-seat A330-200 aircraft. The only exception was the inaugural, which was operated by the A350 jet. The Spanish carrier will complement its oneworld partner Qatar Airways, and its 2-daily flights between the two capital cities. Qatar Airways owns a stake in Iberia’s parent company IAG.

Flight IB6700 departs Madrid at 08:30 local time, arriving in Doha at 17:35 local time. The return service, operating as IB6701, takes off from the Qatari capital at 00:55 local time, touching back down in Spain at 07:10 local time.

What they said

Fernando Candela, CEO at Iberia, said: “The daily flight between Madrid and Doha is not just the launch of a new route, which is always exciting. It goes further. We connect Asia, the Middle East, and Africa with Spain and Europe, which offers multiple options to increase and diversify Spanish connectivity with those regions, for both leisure and business.”

Thierry Antinori, Chief Commercial Officer at Qatar Airways, added: “Taking off into a new era of aviation connectivity for Spain, we are delighted to welcome Iberia to Hamad International Airport, voted by Skytrax as “Best Airport in the Middle East” for the ninth time. As part of the unique partnership between Qatar Airways, British Airways, and Iberia, passengers can enjoy the best service on the ground and in the air, while seamlessly connecting to their favourite destinations. This further bolsters Qatar as a destination of choice in the region.”

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Majority of onewolrd members now serve Doha

Doha Airport and Qatar Airways have developed a strategy of attracting oneworld member carriers to launch flights to the country, adding much needed capacity on several routes, with Qatar Airways still facing a shortage of aircraft, due to the recently resolved spat with Airbus, which resulted in the grounding of a number of A350 aircraft and the cancellation of an order for A321neo narrow-bodies.

Over the past two years, in addition to Iberia, American, British Airways, Finnair and Malaysia Airlines all launched flights to Doha in cooperation with Qatar Airways. This will be followed by Japan Airlines from late March 2024 with its service between Tokyo HND and Doha.

Ten of the thirteen oneworld member carriers currently serve Doha, growing to 11 next summer. The only two exceptions are Qantas and Alaska Airlines. The new daily Iberia service, in cooperation with Qatar Airways’ 2-daily service will result in a morning, afternoon and evening departure from Madrid to Doha.

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