While 2021 was not as difficult as 2020 for the airline industry, it remained problematic due to travel restrictions imposed by the government. In a statement released earlier this week, Spain’s national airline Iberia spoke about handling the ongoing pandemic and how it was busy recovering its global network.

Iberia focused on recovering its global network. Photo: Iberia

In 2021, the airline based at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) was busy rebuilding its network by restoring routes and services and boosting demand. Throughout the year, Iberia said it had acted boldly to restore all routes and services that had been affected by the medical emergency.

Iberia has been flying to Latin America for 75 years

2021 marked Iberia’s 75th anniversary of flights from the Spanish capital to Latin America, and to celebrate, Iberia has increased its flight frequencies to Mexico, Colombia and the Dominican Republic. The full-service airline also plans to increase frequencies to Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) in Buenos Aires, Argentina in early 2022.

A big boost to the IAG-owned airline came on November 8 when, after being shut down for 20 months, the United States opened up travel to people from Europe. As a result, Iberia now operates 70 flights per week between Madrid and Boston, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles and New York.

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Iberia continues to fly to the Maldives

After seeing the popularity of its new route to Velana International Airport (MLE) in the Maldives last summer, Iberia has decided to continue flying the route for the 2021/2022 winter season. The same goes for the Aeropuerto Internacional Alfonso Bonilla Aragón (CLO) in Cali, Colombia.

On the Iberian Peninsula, Iberia has increased the frequency of its foot flights on the bridges between Madrid and Barcelona by 50%, while adding more flights to Asturias, Bilbao, La Coruña, Santander and San Sebastian.

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Iberia offers winter flights in the sun to the Maldives. Photo: Iberia

Iberia has focused on innovation and sustainability to provide customers with a smoother, safer and more comfortable travel experience. One of the ways it has been successful has been to make its hub at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) a leader in sustainable practices. Iberia has also connected more with its customers by providing updated health and COVID-19 travel restrictions for its destinations.

To avoid interactions between airline staff and the public, Iberia has made travel at Madrid airport as contactless as possible in the hopes of stemming unnecessary infections.

The measures included:

  • Several applications to scan and verify all documentation related to Covid
  • The possibility for people to check in their luggage from their home
  • Biometric identification of passengers at security checks and boarding gates

2021 was a year of solidarity

Call 2021 “A year of solidarity”, Iberia was able to highlight how the pandemic has provided them with many opportunities to show how vital airlines are to civil society. Over the past year, Iberia has carried out repatriation flights to Morocco, Nepal and Venezuela. In total, to help get stranded, Spaniards and Spanish residents of Iberia made 70 flights to 201 countries.

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In 2021, Iberia delivered more than six million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Photo: Iberia

Regarding the transport and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, Iberia Cargo has transported more than six million doses to the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, Melilla and several counties in Central and South America.

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