The company will fly from Barcelona on Wednesdays and Sundays, using Airbus A340/300s.
Iberia expects more than 90% occupancy throughout 2011. Brazil is consolidated as Iberia’s most important Latin American destination, with more than 600,000 customers in 2010.
On June 19, Iberia made its maiden non-stop flight between Barcelona-El Prat and São Paulo-Guarulhos, with 100% seat occupancy. The company expects a passenger load factor higher than 90% throughout 2011. The new service will operate on Wednesdays and Sundays in 254-seat Airbus A340/300s. In the remaining months of the year the total offer of seats in both directions will exceed 26,000.
More than 730,000 seats in 2011
The new route consolidates Brazil as Iberia’s most important Latin American destination and makes it the company’s fastest-growing market anywhere in 2011, with two of the four new routes launched by the Spanish airline this year. Iberia offers flights to more Brazilian cities than any other Latin American country. Now serving São Paulo from both Madrid and Barcelona, it also flies once a day to Rio de Janeiro, and since February 1 to Recife and Fortaleza, with three weekly flight to each. It also offers other eight additional destinations in Brazil under code-share to Brasilia, Curitiba, Vitoria, Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte, Salvador do Bahia, Manaus and Goiania
Iberia’s supply of seats between Brazil and Spain will total some 731,000 in 2011, an increase of 30% from last year, making Brazil the airline’s fastest-growing market. Last year the company flew a record number of passengers ?492,000? between the two countries, a 7% increase from 2009, and the passenger load factor reached 87%.
Brazil is one of Iberia’s first Latina American destinations, with flights to Rio dating from 1950, and to São Paulo from 1958. This year the airline has also launched a new direct service between Barcelona and Miami.
About São Paulo
São Paulo is one of Latin America’s most bustling cities. With a population in excess of 20 million, it is known as “the city that can’t stop”. Its night life is famous the world over, bringing tourists from everywhere, and the city is the epicentre of Brazil’s cultural life. Its carnival now rivals that of Rio, and each year the Interlagos Formula One Grand Prix motor race brings thousands of fans to the city.