Iberia announces two direct flights per week from Madrid to Maldives
The Iberia Group has announced a summer programme, resuming flights to many past destinations and adding capacity on its busiest routes as restrictions are lifted.
Iberia's new route this summer is to the Maldive Islands, with two direct flights per week from Madrid in July and August. This is a departure from traditional Iberia policy, as a point-to-point long-haul flight exclusively for holidaymakers.
In the third quarter of 2021, Iberia, Iberia Express, and Iberia Regional/Air Nostrum will fly to a total of 112 destinations, 24 of them long-haul, and 88 short- or medium-haul.
Iberia’s executive chairman Javier Sánchez-Prieto said, “This summer we’re making a large bet on recovery. As a country, we can’t afford to lose two whole seasons, so we must make every effort to save the coming one. Vaccination campaigns are leading to the lifting of restrictions on travel, and it is vital to come up with formulas that are valid for Europe, the Americas, and eventually for every country in the world.”
Sánchez-Prieto noted, “The announcement of the new Maldives route is expected to raise company morale and is viewed both as good news for the travel business and as an example of how Iberia is adapting to the new circumstances, and opening new markets.”
Iberia is awaiting authorisation to fly twice a week to the Maldive islands in July and August.
In July the Spanish airline is also resuming flights to Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles in the US, in addition to Miami and New York. Flight to Cali, Guayaquil, and San Juan (Puerto Rico) raises total Latin American destinations to 18 cities.
Additional summer destinations in Europe include Bergen, Budapest, Corfu, Catania, Dubrovnik, Olbia, Oslo, Split, and Zagreb, plus the "sun and sand" destinations served by Iberia Express --Heraklion, Mikonos, Santorini, Bari, Palermo, Cagliari, and Zadar. And Malta, plsu8e to new route to Cephalonia. Flights to North Africa by Iberia Regional/Air Nostrum will include Casablanca, Marrakesh, and Tangier in Morocco, as well as Algeria starting in June.