The Spanish flag carrier is placing its bets on Norway with more flights and destinations – and “improved connectivity” to Latin America.
Iberia is boosting its coverage of Norway to record levels. Starting June 15, the Spanish flag carrier will start operating four weekly flights between Madrid and Oslo. It will also be flying twice weekly between the Spanish capital and Bergen from June 1 to September 30.
The additional flights will upgrade connectivity between Norway and Latin America as well as Spain, the airport operator Avinor points out.
The news comes as Norwegian plans to ramp up its own transatlantic connections between Spain and Latin America, most recently setting its sights on Peru.
Iberia launched a twice-weekly service between Oslo and Madrid during the summer months three years ago. This will go to a year-round operation from this year.
The airline will deploy Airbus A320-family aircraft seating between 141 and 200 passengers in two cabins, business and economy.
“With added frequencies and full-year operations, Oslo and Madrid become even closer,” enthused Jasper Spruit, vice president for traffic development at Avinor.
“The new schedule also improves the connectivity to Iberia’s network in Spain and to Latin America.”
Bergen, he adds, is “fast becoming Norway’s main tourist destination, and this new route is another example of the attractiveness of the gateway to the Norwegian fjords and scenic nature”.
The leading carrier on routes between Europe and Latin America, Iberia flies to 135 destinations in 47 countries. Together with its subsidiary Iberia Express and its franchise partner Iberia Regional/Air Nostrum, it operates about 600 flights a day with a fleet of 140 aircraft.
In 2016 and 2017, the oneworld alliance member was the world’s most punctual airline according to FlightGlobal, and it was awarded its fourth Skytrax star in 2017.
“The expansion of our Oslo operations and the launch of the Bergen-Madrid route make us an alternative for all those travellers from Norway who wish to fly to Spain and especially to Latin America,” said Celia Muñoz, Iberia’s regional director of sales.
“At the same time, we are making it easier and faster for many people to travel to Norway for business or pleasure.”
Avinor says that travellers from Oslo and Bergen “will find the best connections in Madrid to other cities in Spain such as Almeria, Granada, Jerez de la Frontera, Pamplona, Valencia and Vigo, and also to Latin American cities such as Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Lima, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo and Mexico City”.
Customers can also combine Iberia and British Airways flights on the same ticket for travel to and from Norway.