Birmingham Airport has announced the launch of Iberia Express services, offering four weekly flights to Madrid with connections to over 30 Iberia destinations across Spain, Portugal, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.
A popular destination for business and leisure travellers, Madrid is renowned for its art museums as well as its football teams. The city is also a shopper’s paradise, and has a range of high-quality restaurants.
Iberia Express will operate the return flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
The flights from Birmingham are scheduled to offer the best connections from Madrid to another 34 Iberia Group destinations, such as Dakar, Buenos Aires, Havana, Mexico City, Montevideo, Santiago de Chile, and Sao Paulo.
Welcoming the new Iberia Express service, Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive of Birmingham Airport, said: ‘Not only is this great news as it increases capacity to Madrid, but Iberia Express is also a oneworld alliance airline and BA codeshare carrier, giving travellers enormous benefits.
‘This is our 11th new airline to recently launch so we’re delighted that Iberia Express has also recognised the extensive business and leisure market in our region, and we welcome the strong Iberia brand to our growing network of airlines.’
Trevor Martin, Iberia Express’ Head of Revenue Management and Network, who flew over to Birmingham on the inaugural flight from Madrid, added: ‘Through the Iberia Group, we are able to offer those in the Midlands region a seamless transit experience through our Madrid Airport hub across Europe and Latin America.
‘In addition, Birmingham is the UK’s second largest city and a popular tourism destination, has a thriving business economy and many universities so we are confident that we will see many people from Madrid using the service for business, leisure and to visit friends and family.’
Iberia Express will operate a 177 seat Airbus 320 on the Birmingham service with Business and Economy sections. All services carry British Airways codes and members of Iberia Plus programme as well as BA’s Executive Club can earn and redeem Avios when they fly with Iberia Express.