Posted on: 22 September 2015 by Mark Howells
From 27 March 2016, Iberia Express will operate four flights per week between Birmingham and Madrid, with the latter destination offering onward connections to another 34 Iberia destinations in Spain, Portugal, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.
On Mondays and Fridays, flights will leave Madrid at 08:45 and arrive in Birmingham at 10:00. The return leg will take off from Birmingham at 10:35, landing in Madrid at 14:05. On Wednesdays and Sundays, flights will depart Madrid at 15:45, touching down in Birmingham at 17:00, after which the return service will leave Birmingham at 17:35 to arrive back in Madrid at 21:05 (all times local).
Iberia Express will use 180-seat Airbus A320 aircraft configured with both business and economy sections to serve the route.
Silvia Mosquera, commercial director, Iberia Express, commented, “This new route strengthens our capacity in the UK, the country where we offer the largest number of flights and from which we bring many tourists to Spain. Our flights will expand connection options for people in Birmingham, Britain’s second-largest city, and the West Midlands, where the Iberia Group will be operating for the first time.”
“The West Midlands is a thriving business region which needs greater global connectivity to grow trade and open up new business opportunities,” added Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport’s CEO. “Iberia can offer this through its strong network from Madrid to many of the world’s emerging markets and we are delighted that the airline has chosen Birmingham as its new UK airport, recognising our strong catchment and extensive business and leisure market in our region.”
The Birmingham flights are scheduled to offer the best connections in Madrid to destinations such as Alicante, Bilbao, Gran Canaria, Jerez, Malaga, Majorca and Tenerife in Spain; Lisbon and Oporto in Portugal; Luanda, Malabo, Lagos and Dakar in Africa; Tel Aviv; and Buenos Aires, Havana, Mexico City, Montevideo, Santiago de Chile, and São Paulo in Latin America.