First Iberia Express airbus lands at MIA

Iberia Express will be flying from Malta to Madrid every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

17 June 2016, 9:07am
The first Iberia Express A320 airbus landed at Malta International Airport from Madrid-Barajas Airport yesterday.

Iberia Express is the second, new airline to join the MIA’s network this year, and it will be connecting the Maltese islands to Madrid every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

The low-cost Spanish airline forms part of Spain’s flag carrier Iberia, with its fleet sharing the same vibrant red and yellow livery. Since its launch in 2012, Iberia Express has expanded its route network considerably and today operates flights to 39 destinations, of which 14 are domestic and 26 international.

“Welcoming a new airline is always a rewarding occasion and today we’re pleased to be celebrating the launch of Iberia Express from Madrid, marking another juncture in recouping traffic from the Spanish market, as well as connecting Malta to the Americas,” MIA CEO Alan Borg said. 

“We are very pleased to start our operations to Malta this summer, a key destination in the Mediterranean area.  With prices starting from €39 per segment, quality service onboard, and a very convenient schedule, including connections to Iberia’s long-haul network, we are sure this route will be very popular with our clients during this summer season,” Iberia Express’ head of network and revenue management Trevor Martin said.

Tourism minister Edward Zammit Lewis, welcomed Iberia Express with satisfaction and added that the overall outlook for the Maltese tourism industry, for the short and long term, remains positive and encouraging.

MTA CEO Paul Bugeja said that the fact that there are four airlines operating between Spain and Malta, falls in line with the efforts being made to secure growth from the Iberian Peninsula.

The Spanish airline’s first flight was welcomed with the traditional water salute and passengers onboard the flight were treated to cake made especially for the occasion.