Iberia has outlined plans to operate at 85 per cent capacity across its global network this summer, with domestic and European routes leading the recovery.
The carrier expects to operate 340 long-haul flights per week, with 220 of these to Latin America and 120 across the North Atlantic, including new flights to Dallas and Washington DC, and the resumption of services to San Francisco.
Highlights include 14 flights per week from Madrid to New York and Miami, seven to Chicago, up to five weekly flights to Los Angeles, and a daily service to Boston during the peak months of July and August. Meanwhile subsidiary Level will operate four flights per week from Barcelona to LA and Boston, and a daily frequency to New York.
Service to Mexico City will approach pre-pandemic levels, with 19 flights per week (compared to three flights per day in summer 2019), and the carrier will offer a twice-daily service to Bogota, equating to four flights per week more than in 2019.
But it is within Europe where recovery has progressed furthest, with the carrier planning to operate at 100 per cent capacity this summer.
Indeed on domestic routes to the Canary and Balearic Islands Iberia and its subsidiary Iberia Express will offer seat capacity at 27 per cent above 2019 levels, with a total of 2.7 million seats available over the summer schedules.
The airline will fly an average of 48 times per week to both Gran Canaria and Tenerife, and 45 times per week to Mallorca, as well as offering 22 weekly services to Ibiza, 18 to Lanzarote, 15 to Fuerteventura, 13 to Menorca and ten to La Palma – showing the current strength of short-haul leisure travel demand.