Iberia to fly Madrid-San Juan route throughout the year
Puerto Rico gov makes announcement while at World Travel & Tourism Council forum in Spain
SAN JUAN – While at the World Travel & Tourism Council’s World Forum in Seville, Spain, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced that the airline Iberia will expand its frequency to the island with direct flights between Madrid and San Juan throughout the year.
The airline will offer three weekly flights between Madrid and San Juan from October to March–on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays–according to a release issued by the governor’s office.
“Iberia has been an unwavering ally of Puerto Rico and we are pleased to see that its commitment to the island is redoubled and strengthened today. Having a direct flight throughout the year is a strong indicator that tourism in Puerto Rico is growing and that the leadership of the Tourism Company in the development of air routes is generating results,” the governor said.
The executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Co., Carla Campos, said that “the expansion of Iberia’s services to the island during the winter season, with over 40,000 additional seats, means an additional economic impact of about $7.4 million, as a result of the arrival of passengers from Europe,” adding that the agreement “multiplies our connectivity with Europe during the winter, which is when more Europeans visit Puerto Rico.”
The flights will be operated on Airbus A330/300 aircraft, with capacity for 292 passengers: 29 in Commercial, 21 in Premium Tourist and 242 in Tourist.
During summertime, Iberia already operates three weekly flights between Madrid and San Juan but will add two more during June, July and August. The release highlights that in terms of passenger seats, the move puts Iberia’s availability to Puerto Rico at 106,000 seats annually, an increase of 62 percent compared with last year.
The letter of intent for the Iberia connections between Puerto Rico and Europe was signed by the governor, Campos and the commercial director of Iberia, Marco Sansavini.
Brad Dean, the chief executive officer of the island’s destination management organization, Discover Puerto Rico, was also present for the signing of the agreement. He has reiterated his commitment to supporting the expansion with marketing and sales efforts in European destinations.