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One of the few reliable pleasures of short-haul travel is flying on a wide-body aircraft, instead of the workhorse of aviation in Europe, the Airbus A320 series.
Before Coronavirus brought aviation to halt, BA and Iberia operated wide-body aircraft daily between London Heathrow and Madrid, primarily for the benefit of shipping cargo. As did Finnair between London Heathrow and Helsinki.
As airlines reduced their passenger flight schedules to skeleton services, these flights were replaced with Airbus A320 series aircraft.
In a small sign of services returning to normal, Iberia will operate Airbus A330 and A350 aircraft between London Heathrow Terminal 5 and Madrid from Sunday 14 June 2020.
This is primarily for the benefit of cargo and travel restrictions for passengers arriving in both Spain and the UK remain.
More broadly, Iberia plans to resume short and medium-haul flights throughout July and August. Iberia plans to resume scheduled long-haul flights from Wednesday 1 July.
London Heathrow – Madrid
Flight IB3173 / BA7051 – Depart London Heathrow 19:20 – Arrive Madrid 22:50
Flight IB3180 / BA7050 – Depart Madrid 16:25 – Arrive London Heathrow 17:50
Flight times are approximate and will vary by day.