MONTEVIDEO – Iberia Airlines has increased service between Madrid and Montevideo by 25 percent since February, offering about 150,000 seats annually, the carrier’s top executive for Latin America, Frederic Martinez, said Wednesday.
The airline began offering a fifth weekly flight in the second month of 2016.
Starting in August, all flights between the capitals will be on new Airbus A330/200 planes, which can carry 269 passengers in tourist class and 19 in first class, Martinez said.
The first Iberia Airbus A330/200 landed in Montevideo in March, the executive said.
“This aircraft, literally, offers the best of Iberia: new cabins, new products and the latest in technology, such as high-speed Wi-Fi connections,” Martinez told reporters before a ceremony at the Tourism Ministry.
Iberia has named the latest Airbus A330/200 that will cover this route the “Montevideo” to mark the 70th anniversary of the first commercial flight between Europe and Latin America, a route that included a stopover in the Uruguayan capital, Martinez said.
“Uruguay is a key piece in our Latin America strategy and we’re very interested in growing in Uruguay. For this reason, we’re increasing our offerings by 25 percent to better respond to the Uruguayan market’s expectations, a market that has given us good returns,” the Iberia executive said.
Iberia’s direct connection between Montevideo and Madrid gives travelers from the region a gateway to almost 100 additional destinations in Europe, Africa and Asia via the Spanish capital.
“A connection with Europe has always been a priority” and Iberia’s service now offers “the most advanced aircraft on the market,” Deputy Tourism Minister Benjamin Liberoff told reporters.
Uruguay has welcomed “more than 150,000” visitors from Europe so far this year and the flights from Madrid play a huge role, Liberoff said.