Lisbon, Nov 8 (EFE) .- The Spanish airline Iberia will increase its operation by 28% between the airports of Oporto and Madrid as of March 2018, thanks to the increase in the number of seats available on the flights of that route.
The company, which until now operated the route through Air Nostrum, will do so from March with its own aircraft, which will allow it to go from 100 to 141 seats per flight, explained to EFE the commercial director of Iberia for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, Celia MuÃ±oz.
"The demand in Oporto is behaving well. by September we have transported 10% more passengers and we have seen that we can continue to grow, "said MuÃ±oz, who added that there will be a slight increase in the number of flights per week, of 48 to 50.
Flights between Madrid and Oporto will be operated with A319 type aircraft.
Through Madrid, travelers from Oporto will be able to connect with the destinations offered Iberia from the Spanish capital, including the new routes to San Francisco (United States) and Managua (Nicaragua) that will open in 2018.
"The traffic from Portugal is very important not only point to point but also the traffic in connection with Europe and Latin America, and also with Asia. director.
Iberia will also maintain its current operation between Madrid and Lisbon, a route that opened its international connections in 1939 and has 66 flights per week.
The airline also has seasonal connections between Portugal and Spain and in summer it flies to Faro (from Madrid) and to Funchal (from Madrid, Santiago de Compostela and Bilbao), links the Portuguese capital with Palma de Mallorca, Santander and Menorca, and connects the latter with Porto.
The group is immersed in a process of renewal of the fleet and also of the product, with the launching of the last May of the Premium Tourist class.
"This transformation that we are carrying out in product and fleet, and also the revision and adjustment of some costs allows us to grow in routes", MuÃ±oz said that in this regard he mentioned the increase in the operation in Porto and the new routes to San Francisco and Managua.
This 2017, Iberia has more than 812,000 places in its flights between Portugal and Spain, in which last year saw a 16% increase in the number of passengers transported.