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Iberia Express launches Madrid route

  • The low cost airline will offer two weekly frequencies to the capital of Spain, with tickets from 43GBP per way when buying round trip

  • Iberia Express will operate seven routes this summer from the UK, five to Madrid and two to other destinations in Spain

As part of its 2017 summer programme, Iberia Express is launching a flight from Cardiff to Madrid. The low cost airline of the Iberia Group will start flying to the Spanish capital this Easter, from 6 to 16 April, resuming the flights from the 8th of June to the 28th of September. The airline will offer two weekly frequencies to Madrid on Thursdays and Sundays, with very competitive prices from 43GBP per way when buying a round trip, and from 155GBP in Business.

Madrid is an extremely popular destination for business travelers and tourists alike. Famous for its art museums as well as its football teams, Madrid is also a shopper’s paradise, boasting both name-brand shops and independent establishments offering the highest quality at affordable prices. Another attraction is Madrid’s gastronomy, with a wide variety, high quality and good value at the city’s many restaurants.

The new Iberia Express Cardiff-Madrid route will also offer its customers more destinations. Customers will be able to connect via Madrid and continue their trip to other Iberia Group destinations: 20 Spanish cities, such as Alicante, Asturias, Bilbao, Gran Canaria, Granada or Seville; Lisbon and Porto in Portugal, Johannesburg, Dakar and Malabo; Tel Aviv, as well as Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Santiago de Chile, Medellin, Havana, Mexico City, Miami and New York in the Americas.

Alexandra Sabaté, Head of Network Planning and Scheduling of Iberia Express says: "This new route from Cardiff to Madrid, which we are inaugurating today, shows our commitment to the British market and reinforces our presence in the United Kingdom. Iberia Express is the only airline that directly connects these two great cities, improving the connectivity of Wales to Iberia’s extensive network, and offering a variety of destinations at very competitive prices with high standards of quality and service”.

Deb Barber, Chief Executive Officer of Cardiff Airport said: "We'd like to extend a warm, Welsh welcome to our new airline Iberia Express and its addition of a brand new route to the Spanish capital of Madrid - a destination that's been highly sought by our customers for a long time. With conveniently timed flights available at good prices, the service is ideal for short city breaks to discover all that the city has to offer.  Likewise, we look forward to welcoming even more visitors from Spain to our country during what is a very exciting year for Wales - the home nation of Real Madrid star player Gareth Bale and host city for the UEFA Champions League final 2017. With UNESCO listed, stunning mountain ranges, miles of award-winning coastline and a bustling city-scape within easy reach, there are many reasons to visit Wales using our national Airport as the gateway."

United Kingdom is Iberia Express’ main international market, where it already operates a total of seven routes: five to Madrid from London Gatwick, Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham and this new one from Cardiff, as well as routes connecting London Heathrow with Asturias and Gran Canaria. In total, Iberia Express connects the Spanish capital to different British cities with an average of 33 weekly frequencies.

Iberia Express, a subsidiary of the Iberia Group, flies to 40 destinations in 14 countries Apart from flying point-to-point routes, it feeds Iberia’s medium and long-haul network. It is a member of oneworld, an alliance of fifteen airlines that offers its passengers 14,000 daily flights to nearly 1,000 airports in 150 countries. In 2016, Iberia Express was the world’s most punctual low cost airline, for the third year in a row, according to FlightStats.