MAD-DOH

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. […]

December 14, 2023 | Latest Route News +

Air Europa 787 water

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, […]

WNZ-MAD

China Eastern Airlines introduced flights between Wenzhou, in China’s east, and Madrid, on Wednesday 22 November, marking the carrier’s second route to the Spanish capital. The 10,515-kilometre service will be maintained 2-weekly, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, with the 286-seat A350-900 aircraft. The SkyTeam member faces no competition between the two cities. Flight MU261 departs Wenzhou […]

November 27, 2023 | Latest Route News +

LGW-ADD

Ethiopian Airlines inaugurated its third UK route on 21 November with the launch of Addis Ababa to London LGW. It is served 3-weekly using the A350-900, the carrier’s aircraft of choice to Europe. It marks the first time since 2008 that the 5,880-kilometre airport pair has been served. Copenhagen, London LGW and Madrid added this year […]

UA EWR-AGP

Spain is Europe’s fourth largest country by long-haul non-stop capacity this year, defined as any routes over 5,000 kilometres but excluding anywhere in Europe. Only the UK, France and Germany are larger. According to Cirium schedules information, Spain has about 10.4 million such seats, equivalent to one in 11 of Europe’s total. The country’s capacity […]

Iberia Express Route Launch

Iberia Express’ first commercial flight was in 2012. Some 11 years later, the low-cost subsidiary (LCS) has 28 A320ceos, A321ceos and A321neos, according to Planespotters.net. Its network remains almost entirely from the Spanish capital, Madrid. The only exceptions this summer are seasonal services from Asturias and Vigo to the Canary Islands. Iberia Express plays a […]

September 25, 2023 | Airlines, Airports, Europe, News & Analysis, Top Story

SAL-MAD

Avianca launched a new seasonal long-haul service between San Salvador and Madrid on Tuesday June 20. The 8,765-kilometre route will be maintained 3-weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with a wet-leased A330-200 from Spain’s Wamos Air. The airline will compete directly against Iberia’s 6-weekly flights between the two cities. Avianca will maintain operations on the […]

June 26, 2023 | Latest Route News +

Europe’s six major airport

Airport data collected for 2022 reveals that Europe’s six busiest airports all handled at least 48 million passengers last year. Istanbul IST led the way with 64.3 million followed by London LHR (61.6m), Paris CDG (57.5m), Amsterdam (52.5m), Madrid (50.6m) and Frankfurt (48.9m). Seventh placed Barcelona was some way behind with 41.6m passengers while eighth […]

KWI-MAD

Last year Madrid ranked as Europe’s fifth busiest airport (after Istanbul IST, London LHR, Paris CDG and Amsterdam) handling 50.6m passengers. For comparison, in 2019 it also ranked fifth with 61.7m passengers, meaning that last year’s traffic was 18% lower than in the last pre-pandemic year. The dramatic drop in passenger numbers between 2011 and […]

MAD - SCU

Cuba has welcomed its latest route from Europe. On 11 November, Spain’s charter carrier Iberojet introduced a weekly operation from Madrid to Santiago de Cuba, the country’s second city. It joins Cubana on the 7,120-kilometre route. Six Cuban airports have European flights Six airports in Cuba have flights to Europe this winter, down from eight […]

November 23, 2022 | Airlines, Airports, News & Analysis