IAG subsidiary Level has resumed flights between Barcelona and New York for the first time since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in March.
Interestingly the press release announcing the resumption of service was pushed out by IAG Cargo, showing the importance of the cargo element of the route.
Indeed the group is offering double points within its Forward Rewards programme for cargo booked on the route until September 28.
IAG Cargo said that “Historically, this route has seen transit of mangoes, berries, minerals, leather products, veterinary equipment and footwear, and will offer forwarders additional access to Europe”.
IAG said that Level is initially operating a weekly service using its A330-200 aircraft – when Business Traveller checked reservations today (September 21) we actually found departures over the next month or so on September 30, and October 2, 7, 16, 21, 25, 28 and 30. From November the route seems to be moving a three times weekly Wednesday, Friday and Sunday service.
Commenting on the news IAG Cargo’s chief commercial officer John Cheetham said:
“We are delighted that Level has been able to resume operations and get passengers back in the skies. Increased passenger flights mean more options for IAG Cargo customers. We look forward to supplying these important markets with much needed air cargo capacity.”
Level has also published a YouTube video detailing the measures taken to ensure customer safety in the Covid-19 era.