Iberia Goes Big On US Flights

Spanish national flag carrier Iberia is betting big on flights between Spain and the USA for the 2021/2022…

Iberia Goes Big On US Flights

Spanish national flag carrier Iberia is betting big on flights between Spain and the USA for the 2021/2022 winter season. The Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD)-based carrier is offering 70 flights per week between the Spanish mainland and the continental United States.

Iberia is offering 70 flights a week between Spain and the USA. Photo: Iberia

The announcement made in a company statement released on October 19, 2021, says that the increase in flights is timed to coincide with the US government’s decision to reopen leisure travel to Europeans on November 8, 2021. After months of closure and pressure from the United Kingdom and the European Union, the US recently announced its plan to reopen to tourists next month.

Iberia is increasing the frequency of flights

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Iberia maintained a limited number of flights between Spain and the United States. As more and more people get vaccinated, the IAG-owned airline has rolled the dice with a big bet placed on America.

Currently, Iberia operates flights from Madrid Terminal 4 to the following US airports:

  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
  • Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Miami International Airport (MIA)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

For its winter 2021/2022 Iberia will offer the following frequencies between Europe and the United States:

  • Madrid to New York will see ten flights per week
  • Madrid to Miami will see five flights per week
  • Madrid to Chicago will see five flights per week
  • Madrid to Boston will see three flights per week
  • Madrid to Los Angeles will see three flights per week
Iberia Goes Big On US Flights
Iberia is based in the Spanish capital of Madrid. Image: GCmaps

In addition to the mainland flights, Iberia will operate four weekly flights to the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, where it has a Joint Business Agreement (JBA) with American Airlines, British Airways. And Finnair.

Thanks to its codesharing agreement with American partner airlines Iberia offers its customers one-ticket travel to an additional 117 destinations. Under a contract signed a few days ago with Alaska Airlines, 37 destinations on the West Coast are now available to Iberia customers.

Iberia is offering excellent fares starting from 111€ one-way

To encourage people to travel between the United States and Europe, Iberia offers hard-to-believe prices for transatlantic travel.
One-way fares:

  • Madrid to Miami for 111€ ($129)
  • Madrid to New York for 123€ ($143)
  • Madrid to Chicago for 131€ ($153)

Iberia is also offering vacation packages to American city’s with four nights in New York starting from 399€ ( $465). The fares and hotel offers are available for travel between November and the end of March and can be purchased at www.iberia.com

Traveling out of season can save money on airfares

Unfortunately, the super low-fares may have been available for a limited time as looking at Iberia’s website, the best we can find is a one-way fare from Madrid to Miami for 267€ ( $311). One of the advantages for American’s withing to travel to Spain over the winter is that you will be able to visit the museums and attractions without the crowds.

Iberia operates A350s and A330s on its American routes. Photo: Iberia

For Spaniards wishing to visit the United States, people in Miami and Puerto Rico are bilingual, so you will have no trouble with the language. Plus, both places being in the tropics will offer you a warm sunny spot to escape from the cold back home.

What do you think about Iberia increasing its frequencies to the United States? Please tell us your thoughts in the comments.

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Virgin Atlantic Ups Flights To The US For Border Reopening

Virgin Atlantic will increase flights to the US on November 8th to coincide with the border reopening. With…

Virgin Atlantic Ups Flights To The US For Border Reopening

Virgin Atlantic will increase flights to the US on November 8th to coincide with the border reopening. With fully vaccinated travelers now allowed to fly to the US, Virgin will restore flights to Orlando and Las Vegas and up services to New York. Let’s find out more about the carrier’s plans.

Virgin Atlantic is sending its largest jet, to Orlando to cater to the pent-up demand. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Back on the map

After being closed for 20 months, the US is finally reopening its borders to travelers from around the globe. This is excellent news for transatlantic-dependent carrier Virgin Atlantic, which is planning on resuming a flurry of new routes on November 8th. Passengers are equally excited, with Virgin deploying its largest jet on the London-Orlando route to cater to the demand.

Flights from London Heathrow and Manchester to Orlando will both resume on the 8th as daily services. Las Vegas will also be reconnected to the UK capital every day using the Boeing 787-9. Both of these are highly popular leisure destinations and critical markets for Virgin throughout the year.

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Virgin Atlantic previously flew the Queen of the Skies on leisure routes to the US, such as Orlando. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

The airline is also relaunching flights from Manchester to New York, flying six times weekly in November (no Sunday flights) and daily from December onward. This will provide better connectivity from the north of England and boost traffic. So are passengers looking forward to these resumptions?

Ready to go

If there are any doubts about demand to fly to the US, Virgin Atlantic can see them. Services to Orlando are currently “the most booked across Virgin Atlantic’s global portfolio.” To cope, the airline is flying the A350-1000 from November 8th to 14th. After that, the LHR-ORD route will switch back to the A330.

The US border policies have left families and friends separated for almost two years, making this announcement an important one. With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, hundreds of thousands will be taking to the skies to visit their loved ones again. For airlines, this will open up the largest market and clear the way for a full recovery to begin.

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Virgin has long been waiting to fully return to the US market. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Currently, Virgin is flying to New York, Boston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Miami. While cargo kept these routes afloat for the last 18 months, now passengers will be filling planes too. However, this is subject to some conditions.

Fully vaccinated only

Similar to countries globally, the US will require all foreigners to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter. All FDA or WHO-approved vaccines will be accepted for travel when proved with a certificate. While unvaccinated American residents can still return, they will be subjected to stricter testing rules.

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The US’ travel restrictions are in line with those in Europe and other countries allowing visitors. Photo: Getty Images

Overall, passengers and carriers are counting down the days to the US border reopening, and everything is on the line.

What do you think about Virgin’s plans for the US? Let us know in the comments!

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