Following the confirmation that Real Madrid will face Juventus in the UEFA Champions League Final, Iberia Express – Cardiff’s newest airline – has released its latest schedule of flights to Madrid one week early so that customers can make the most of this major sporting event that will see all eyes on the Welsh capital city.
The direct Cardiff – Madrid route will begin operating on Thursdays and Sundays from 1st June; with the addition of an extra flight which will depart on 4th June. Fans wishing to travel to Madrid to watch the game in the home of Gareth Bale’s team Real Madrid and combine a short break away will be able to benefit from some great ‘empty leg’ fares which start from just £43 one way.
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 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, Tel Aviv, as well as Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Santiago de Chile, Medellin, Havana, Mexico City, Miami and New York in the Americas.
Trevor Martin, Chief Commercial Officer of Iberia Express, said, “We are very excited to have a team from Madrid playing in the Champions League final; it’s quite an accomplishment that two Madrid teams have reached the semi-finals.
This route shows our commitment to the British market, and will offer connectivity from Wales to many destinations via Iberia’s extensive network in Madrid.”
Deb Barber, Chief Executive Officer of Cardiff Airport said: "The UEFA Champions League final is a huge event for Wales, and the arrival of Iberia Express as a new airline with a brand new service to Madrid couldn’t come at a more appropriate time. It’s great to see the airline responding to market demand by bringing the flights forward and adding an extra service too, making it even easier for fans to fly into Wales’ national airport or to fly out and enjoy the atmosphere of the game in Madrid.”
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.