Iberia Launches Enhanced Air Shuttle Service

Iberia Launches Enhanced Air Shuttle Service
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This week saw Iberia launch its enhanced air shuttle service between Madrid & Barcelona as the ramp-up to pre-COVID levels continues.

Customers have the option to choose from 15 daily flights, with the airline saying that there will be take-offs every 30 minutes at peak times.

Times on the schedule see the first flight depart at 7 am and the last one at 9:30 pm.

Iberia Outlines Successes from Air Shuttle Service…

Iberia Launches Enhanced Air Shuttle Service
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In a statement, Iberia said the following about the successes experienced from the air shuttle service between Barcelona & Madrid:

“All in all, in the summer season, Iberia will increase its market share in the air segment between Madrid and Barcelona by 5 percentage points compared to the 2019 level, reaching 65%.”

Iberia achieved a good mix of corporate and connecting traffic on its Madrid-Barcelona route, which allowed it to increase frequencies and recover its pre-pandemic level.”

“In recent months, the load factor on these flights has been above 80%, a figure that is close to those recorded before the pandemic.”

“The Air Shuttle between Madrid and Barcelona is Iberia’s main domestic route. It is operated by a fleet mix that includes its new Airbus A320neo, with dedicated teams in Madrid and Barcelona.”

“All of this contributes to the route’s excellent punctuality rate, which in 2022 was 90.5% and so far this year stands at 91.3%.”

The Airline Is Storming Ahead of Pre-COVID Levels…

Iberia Launches Enhanced Air Shuttle Service
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This announcement from Iberia represents an expansion in movement numbers, which is well ahead of pre-COVID levels currently.

Iberia Launches Enhanced Air Shuttle Service
Data provided by RadarBox.com.

Data from RadarBox.com shows that between February 26-March 5, 523 movements were handled based on a seven-day rolling average.

This represents an increase of 14.44% compared to the same period last year and is 179 movements higher than the same period in 2019.

Below is the last four weeks’ worth of data from the carrier:

Date2019 Numbers2022 Numbers2023 NumbersPercentage Difference (2023 vs. 2022)
January 29-February 5330 movements443 movements532 movements+20.09%
February 5-12338 movements442 movements536 movements+21.27%
February 12-19335 movements362 movements538 movements+48.62%
February 19-26348 movements430 movements548 movements+27.44%

What we can see from the data is substantial growth in flight operations that is overly reflective of a post-COVID boom that has been observed.

The fact is double-digit growth year-on-year highlights that this pattern has a strong chance of continuing into the Summer 2023 season.


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It remains clear that Iberia is in a very strong position and is capitalizing on previous successes to bolster passenger numbers and revenue streams ahead of a busy Summer period.

All eyes will be on the carrier to see how far they can go with their Summer 2023 expansion, with announcements made already in this area.

With a bolstered long-haul network, to the recovery of short-haul operations, Iberia does look destined for a successful 2023, but for now, the ball is in their court.


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