Following the confirmation that Real Madrid will face Juventus in the UEFA Champions League Final, Iberia Express – Cardiff’s newest airline – has released its latest schedule of flights to Madrid.
The direct Cardiff – Madrid route will begin operating on Thursdays and Sundays from 1st June; with the addition of an extra flight which will depart on 4th June.
The new Iberia Express route will also offer its customers more destinations. Customers will be able to connect via Madrid and continue their trip to other Iberia Group destinations: 20 Spanish cities, such as Alicante, Asturias, Bilbao, Gran Canaria, Granada or Seville; Lisbon and Porto in Portugal, Johannesburg, Tel Aviv, as well as Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Santiago de Chile, Medellin, Havana, Mexico City, Miami and New York in the Americas.
Trevor Martin, Chief Commercial Officer of Iberia Express, said, “This route shows our commitment to the British market, and will offer connectivity from Wales to many destinations via Iberia’s extensive network in Madrid.”
Deb Barber, Chief Executive Officer of Cardiff Airport said: “The UEFA Champions League final is a huge event for Wales, and the arrival of Iberia Express as a new airline with a brand new service to Madrid couldn’t come at a more appropriate time. It’s great to see the airline responding to market demand by bringing the flights forward and adding an extra service too, making it even easier for fans to fly into Wales’ national airport or to fly out and enjoy the atmosphere of the game in Madrid.”
United Kingdom is Iberia Express main international market, where it already operates a total of seven routes: five to Madrid from London Gatwick, Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham and this new one from Cardiff, as well as routes connecting London Heathrow with Asturias and Gran Canaria. In total, Iberia Express connects the Spanish capital to different British cities with an average of 33 weekly frequencies.
Iberia Express, a subsidiary of the Iberia Group, flies to 40 destinations in 14 countries Apart from flying point-to-point routes, it feeds Iberia’s medium and long-haul network. It is a member of oneworld, an alliance of fifteen airlines that offers its passengers 14,000 daily flights to nearly 1,000 airports in 150 countries. In 2016, Iberia Express was the world’s most punctual low cost airline, for the third year in a row, according to FlightStats.