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Iberia Airlines Announces Johannesburg Route, Suspends Lagos, Accra and Istanbul Routes

Iberia Airlines, Spanish flag carrier, has suspended its flights to Istanbul, a major city in Turkey, owing to low demand.

Iberia, Líneas Aéreas de España, S.A. Operadora, Sociedad Unipersonal, trading as IBERIA, is the flag carrier of Spain founded in 1927. Photo Credit: ftnnews.com
Iberia, Líneas Aéreas de España, S.A. Operadora, Sociedad Unipersonal, trading as IBERIA, is the flag carrier of Spain founded in 1927. Photo Credit: ftnnews.com

Reputed as Spain’s largest airline, Iberia also plans to suspend flights to Nigeria from May 12, 2016 and Ghana from May 17, “due to drop of demand and lack of profitability”, FTN, a Turkish media outfit, has reported.

Checks by TheCable revealed that Iberia Airlines flights from Nigeria will now be handled by British Airways, its partner, after the suspension.

The carrier had initially suspended Madrid-Istanbul flights in 2013 and restarted in June 2014, only to suspend again, with promise to refund or change tickets of passengers that purchased tickets for flights after May 7.

For the Nigerian market, many international airlines are groaning under the lack of foreign exchange to repatriate ticket sales.

The forex problem is further compounded by scarcity of aviation fuel, forcing many airlines to re-fuel at Nigeria’s neighbouring countries.

Shifting its focus from Nigeria, Ghana, and Turkey, Iberia is looking to the South African market for profits.

In a statement by the airline, flights to Johannesburg, the capital of South Africa, will resume on August 1, 2016.

“Starting on 1st August 2016, there will be three return flights per week in new 278-seat A330-300s, equipped with Iberia’s new long-haul cabins. With this flight, the airline has resumed all the routes it left to restructure,” Iberia said.

Schedules of flights between Madrid and Johannesburg

Flight Number
Madrid-Johannesburg
Weekday Depart time Check In
IB6051 Monday, Thursday, Friday 23:45 10:10
Flight Number
Johannesburg Madrid
Weekday Depart time Check In
IB6050 Tuesday, Friday, Saturday 20:15 6:35

Johannesburg is the 11th destination in Africa after Iberia Luanda in Angola, Algiers and Oran in Algeria, Accra in Ghana, Malabo in Equatorial Guinea, Casablanca, Marrakech and Tangier in Morocco, Lagos in Nigeria and Dakar in Senegal.

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