Bulgaria Air negotiates second codeshare destination with Iberia

A Bulgaria Air Airbus A320 touches down.
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After the start of seasonal direct flights to Barcelona at the end of April, national flag carrier Bulgaria Air announced a codeshare agreement for the route.

At the beginning of May 2023, Bulgaria Air signed an agreement with Spanish national airline Iberia that included Barcelona as a second codeshare destination.

All flights on the route will be operated by the national carrier of Bulgaria, and the Spanish airline will issue tickets for the two sections on its letterhead. The joint contract between the two airlines also includes the line Sofia – Madrid – Sofia, on which also the main operating carrier is the national carrier of Bulgaria.

With the new cooperation agreement in place between Bulgaria Air and Iberia, many of the preferred summer destinations are even more accessible at the beginning of the holiday season.

Apart from being a final destination, Barcelona is also a convenient transfer point for the national carrier’s passengers who wish to visit some of the most attractive destinations on the Iberian Peninsula – Porto, Bilbao, the islands of Menorca and Ibiza and many others.

An Iberia Airbus A321 on the taxiway.
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Sunny Las Palmas and Tenerife will continue to be just a ticket away this season too, with a convenient transfer to Madrid.

Flights on the Sofia – Barcelona – Sofia route will be operated throughout the summer season, which ends on October 28.

The schedule includes two frequencies of operation per week – Tuesday and Saturday, which allows for a week-long vacation or a short adventure with rich cultural and historical heritage, golden beaches and crystal-clear waters.

About Bulgaria Air

Bulgaria Air is the national flag carrier of Bulgaria. It is headquartered at Sofia Airport in Sofia, Bulgaria. The airline was founded in 2002 as a government-owned airline named Balkan Air Tour. In 2006, the airline was privatized but retained its status as the national carrier of Bulgaria.

Bulgaria Air operates a fleet of narrow-body airliners with a range of Airbus A319, A320 and Embraer 190 aircraft. The airline has up to 10 planes within its fleet.

The carrier flies to a number of destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and Russia. The airline’s main focus cities are Sofia, Varna, and Burgas.

Bulgaria Air is a member of the Star Alliance, a global airline alliance that offers its members a range of benefits, including codeshare flights, lounge access, and frequent flyer program integration.

About Iberia

Iberia is the flag carrier airline of Spain. It is headquartered at Madrid–Barajas Airport in Madrid, Spain. The airline was founded in 1927 and is a member of the oneworld alliance.

Iberia operates a fleet of over 100 aircraft including Airbus A320s, A330s, and A340s, as well as Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

The airline currently operates to over 100 destinations in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Iberia’s main focus cities are Madrid, Barcelona, and Seville.

The Spanish carrier offers a range of classes of service, including Business Class, Premium Economy Class, and Economy Class. The airline also offers a variety of add-on services, such as seat selection, checked baggage, and in-flight meals.

Iberia has been awarded a number of awards for its customer service, including the Skytrax World Airline Award for Best Airline in Europe in 2012.

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