Resurgent Iberia To Add Cuba, Colombia Flights

Spanish flag carrier Iberia continues its resurgence with Cuban and Colombian flights planned for later this year. The Oneworld member will resume flights to Havana and launch new services to Cali and Medellin from its hub in Madrid, taking the number of new or reinstated routes to 23 since the implementation of a turnaround plan and agreements were reached with employee unions on cost reductions and productivity hikes.


Madrid – Havana

Having last flew to Cuba nearly 2 years ago, Iberia will resume Havana service on 1 June 2015 with 5 return flights each week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays that will see it bolster its leading position between Europe and Latin America. Flight IB 6621 will depart Madrid at 1640 hrs, arriving in Havana at 2035 hrs. The return service, IB 6620, takes off from Havana at 2225 hrs for an afternoon arrival into Madrid at 1335 hrs the next day.


Madrid – Medellin – Cali

The airline also announced the launch of a new route from Madrid to the Colombian cities of Cali and Medellin. Flown on a triangular Madrid-Medellin-Cali-Madrid routing, flights will begin on 3 July 2015. Flight IB 6589 will operate 3 times weekly on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, taking off from Barajas International Airport at 1230 hrs and arriving in Medellin at 1625 hrs for a brief stopover, before continuing at 1750 hrs to Cali, where it lands at 1855 hrs. The aircraft departs back to Madrid at 2020 hrs, arriving back in Europe at 1325 hrs the next day.


Iberia will fly its widebody Airbus A330-300s equipped with new interiors on both routes. Configured in a 2-class layout, the jets offer 42 fixed-shell seats in Business Plus (offering direct aisle access and converting into a full-flat bed) and 278 seats in Tourist economy class (featuring personal touchscreen monitors and on-demand inflight entertainment). Both cabins also enjoy onboard Wi-Fi and mobile connectivity.


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