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Central America leads growth of IBERIA long-range

  • In October the Spanish company becomes the first European airline to fly to San Salvador.
  • In those same Iberia dates will begin to operate four flights a week to Panama.
  • These operations and agreements with airlines in the region will significantly increase connections with other cities of Central America, Managua, San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa.
  • Since 2004, when Iberia began flying live in this area, the number of passengers carried has grown 60%
  • The market share of Iberia between Europe and Central America is 42%, which is 52% in Business class.

 

Once more Iberia has decided that Central America in its strategy for growth in the other Atlantic ladodel protagonist. If in 2004 was a pioneer among European companies, to begin to operate direct flights to the region (Costa Rica, Panama Guatemala), beginning in the month of October will take another important step that will allow you to significantly increase its presence in the region.

This increase in frequency and the distribution agreements with other airlines in the region will allow strong impetus of Iberia throughout Central America, San Salvador and Panama offer became virtually traffic distribution centers to other Central American cities.

In particular, besides Costa Rica Panama, Guatemala, San Salvador, the Spanish airline offer daily flight options thanks to these connections to Managua, San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa. The programming of the new frequencies allows this variety of options: from Panama Madrid flights operate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, while Guatemala-San Salvador-Madrid route makes it on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Since 2004 Iberia has not stopped growing in the region. If in 2005--first full year of operation - transported between Central America and Europe more than 173,000 passengers, in year 2009 that figure reached the 275,000, an increase which verges on 60%. In total, over the past six years, the airline has transported in these routes linking the two sides of the Atlantic over 1.3 million passengers.

The increase in the supply of Iberia in Central America will help increase significantly these figures and leadership between Europe and the region, with which currently reaches 42% market share. In the case of passengers travelling in Business, this percentage is 52%, which means that more than half of people flying between Central America and Europe in business class, do so with Iberia.

Panama and San Salvador flights will be operated by Airbus A-340/300, with 254 places, of which 36 are Business Plus class which has been recently improved, since the personal space for every passenger has increased up to 2.20 metres and the butucas become totally horizontal beds.


Note: Iberia is today the leading company in Spain routes between Spain and Europe and also in Europe Latin market. Along with his Iberia Regional/Air Nostrum franchise offers more than 1,000 daily flights to hundreds of destinations. Iberia is a member of oneworld alliance that offers more than 8,400 flights a day to about 680 destinations from 134 countries. Learn more about the Iberia Group in http://grupo.iberia.com