Ever since the marriage of BA and Iberia a little under four years ago, we have often wondered why Iberia has not taken advantage of BA’s distribution and marketing to operate more flights from UK airports to its Madrid hub.
There have been short-lived flights from Glasgow to Madrid, but little more. Now, as part of a significant expansion of Iberia’s short-haul network (which includes the launch of flights from Manchester and Edinburgh to Madrid), Iberia is to launch twice daily flights from London Gatwick to Madrid from Sunday 29 March 2015.
Flight IB3715 Depart London Gatwick 10:40 Arrive Madrid 13:55
Flight IB3717 Depart London Gatwick 19:35 Arrive Madrid 22:50
Flight IB3714 Depart Madrid 08:40 Arrive London Gatwick 10:00
Flight IB3716 Depart Madrid 17:45 Arrive London Gatwick 19:00
The flights will be operated by Iberia’s subsidiary Iberia Express. It should be possible to book the flights through BA as codeshares in due course.
The 2nd daily departure is well timed to take advantage of Iberia’s late night bank of departures from Madrid to destinations such as Mexico, Sao Paulo, Santiago and Buenos Aires.
Iberia and BA also operate up to 13 daily flights to Madrid from London Heathrow. BA also flies up to twice daily from London City to Madrid.
Here is the full announcement from Iberia.