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Iberia Returns to Puerto Rico

By on May 15, 2016

SAN JUAN – Spanish airline Iberia resumed direct flights to San Juan Sunday. The flight was received by Puerto Rico Tourism Co. Director Ingrid Rivera Rocafort on behalf of Gov. Alejandro García Padilla.

“We receive the arrival of Iberia to Puerto Rico with great joy. After several years of absence and negotiations we was reestablished ties with this airline of such worldwide prestige. This itinerary allows Puerto Rico to connect with more than 90 cities across Europe, which is a great benefit for both tourism and for trade. The return of Iberia is one more example of this administration’s efforts to promote the tourism industry and air access,” the Tourism director said.

An Iberia airlines A330-200

An Iberia airlines A330-200

After a three-year hiatus, the carrier began its reconnection to the island with a new Airbus A330-200 named “Puerto Rico.” 

“For us, this month is Puerto Rico month,” CEO Luis Gallego said in the May edition of Ronda Iberia, the carrier’s in-flight magazine. “We return with even greater hope, if possible, to an island that has it all: nature, culture, cuisine,” he added.

Flights between the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport hub and Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan will be three times a week–Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays–until October 26.

“It is expected these new flights will generate some 7,500 European tourists only in the first season, which will mean an injection of about $ 21.2 billion,”Rivera Rocafort added.

The Tourism Co. and the airline reached an agreement to promote Puerto Rico as a tourism destination in Europe. The number of passengers arriving in the island on flights from Europe has increased 25 percent this fiscal year.

Iberia Puerto Rico

Iberia named this Airbus A330-200 aircraft “Puerto Rico.”

 

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