Iberia joins British Airways And Qatar Airways to enhance global connectivity

Iberia, the national carrier of Spain, is set to join forces with British Airways and Qatar Airways with the aim of expanding global connectivity and enhancing travel for passengers worldwide.

The collaboration will create connectivity across the extensive network of more than 200 destinations served by the three global airlines. Currently Qatar Airways and British Airways have established a partnership covering more than 60 countries,

Starting from December 11, 2023, Iberia will operate daily flights between its hub, Madrid Barajas International Airport, and Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar. This addition will significantly boost capacity between the two oneworld hubs, offering passengers enhanced travel options. Iberia and Qatar Airways will operate a combined total of three daily flights on this route, enhancing access between the Iberian Peninsula and vital markets in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Australia.

The benefits of this joint business venture extend to both leisure and business travellers from Spain and Portugal, offering them an array of exciting new destinations to explore. From idyllic getaways in the Maldives and Seychelles to adventurous experiences in Tanzania and Nepal, cultural holidays in India and Oman, shopping in Singapore and Thailand, or visiting friends and family in Australia and Hong Kong-these destinations will be more accessible than ever before.

Iberia CEO, Fernando Candela, commented: ‘Joining the QJB with Qatar Airways and British Airways is excellent news for our customers. We are really excited about the launch of our Madrid-Doha route. Through QJB hubs in London and Doha, we are building the much-desired bridge between Spain and more than 200 destinations in Asia, Australasia, the Middle-East, and Africa, and offering new opportunities for travelers in both directions.’

British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, Sean Doyle, said: ‘Last year we expanded our joint business partnership with Qatar Airways with the addition of 42 countries, and I’m so pleased to see it growing even further as we welcome Iberia on board. We’re committed to offering our customers as much choice as possible, and working so closely with our partners in Madrid and Doha connects British Airways to more than 200 destinations globally.’

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker added: ‘At Qatar Airways, we believe in connecting travellers to their destinations of choice and our recent enhancement to the highly successful joint business with British Airways, includes the addition of another oneworld member, Iberia.’

Thomas Cook announces new city break and hotel-only offering with Expedia Group

Thomas Cook, the UK-based holiday company, has recently launched a new city break and hotel-only offering in the UK as part of its strategic alliance with Expedia Group.

Under the new plan, Thomas Cook will offer a wider range of holiday options at a lower cost of production using Expedia’s hotel supply. The new city-break and hotel-only areas on Thomas Cook’s website use Expedia Group’s technology to deliver hotel content and bookings, and increase the number of hotels available for customers to more than 100,000. Expedia’s advanced technology will help to increase booking on Thomas Cook’s own websites and expand its online business. In the year to date, Thomas Cook UK has increased online sales by 37 percent.

Peter Fankhauser, Chief Executive of Thomas Cook Group, said: ‘The launch of the Expedia Group alliance is an important step forward in our strategy for profitable growth. Plugging in the Expedia Group technology will transform our city break and hotel-only business, offering more choice for our customers and unlocking efficiencies across our organisation. The collaborative approach we’re taking to improve our complementary business for customers is already showing real benefits, and we look forward to harnessing the growth potential that Expedia Group brings.’

Ariane Gorin, President, Expedia Partner Solutions, said: ‘We are happy to team up with Thomas Cook to bring their customers a broader travel selection, aligning perfectly with our strategy to power industry partners. Expedia Group’s platform technology provides partners with optimized tools to help travellers search from the widest range of options when booking their holidays.’

The new city break and hotel-only bookings is part of Thomas Cook’s ‘complementary’ hotel business, offering customers a wide range of hotels options for second holidays and short breaks. This is in addition to Thomas Cook’s core holiday offering that focuses on its own brand hotels and selected partner hotels in sun and beach destinations.

This new scheme follows the launch of Thomas Cook’s hotel sourcing partnership with Webjet Limited in summer 2017. The Webjet partnership resulted in a 51-per-cent increase in overall bedbank bookings in the first half of 2018, Thomas Cook said.