Iberia has outlined plans to offer US capacity above pre-pandemic levels this winter, with summer seasonal routes being extended and frequencies increased.
The carrier said that the United States “continues to gain prominence in Iberia’s network”, with the airline set to operate around 2,000 flights to US destinations this winter, an increase of 21 per cent on 2019, offering 589,000 seats, up 15 per cent on pre-pandemic levels.
Flights to Dallas – which were launched as a summer seasonal route in April this year – are being extended into the winter, with a three-times-weekly frequency.
Iberia will also increase its New York JFK schedules from ten to 13 flights per week this winter, rising again to a twice-daily service from March 2023.
The carrier is also set to join partners American Airlines and British Airways at the revamped JFK Terminal 8 in December – BA starts its move into the terminal later this month.
Meanwhile Iberia’s Miami service will increase from ten flights per week to double daily.
The airline plans to operate at 95 per cent of pre-pandemic levels across its network during the fourth quarter of 2022, rising to 105 per cent in the first quarter of next year, “thanks to the arrival of new aircraft”.
Iberia recently reached the milestone of re-establishing its full pre-pandemic network of flights and destinations in Latin America, with the resumption of routes to Rio de Janeiro and Caracas.
And closer to home the carrier is now offering nearly 700,000 seats on its Air Shuttle Service between Madrid and Barcelona – slightly up on 2019 due to the use of A320 neo aircraft which offer greater capacity.