Johannesburg - Four years after suspending the route, Iberia has resumed its flights to Johannesburg with a sold out flight.
This will be the only non-stop flight between South Africa and Spain.
Starting this week, the Spanish airline is flying three times a week between the two cities.
The re-launch of the Madrid-Johannesburg led Iberia to stage a number of actions to promote South Africa in Spain and elsewhere in Europe, and also to introduce the new Iberia to potential customers in South Africa, a country featured in the August issue of Iberia’s in-flight magazine Ronda, read by about one million readers.
Marco Sansavini, Iberia’s Chief Commercial Officer, commented: “With our flight from Johannesburg to Madrid, we will be strengthening economic and cultural ties between South Africa and Spain, while also promoting European tourism to South Africa. Meanwhile, our South African customers can come to Madrid and avail themselves of the good connections to all our Spanish, European, and American destinations.”
Iberia returned to South Africa as a renewed airline, more efficient, with new aircraft, new long-haul cabins, and new services. To link Johannesburg and Madrid it will fly its new twin-engine A330-300s.
In addition, Iberia and Comair have signed a code-share agreement to be implemented in the next few weeks. It will cover such destinations as Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, and Durban in South Africa, Windhoek in Namibia, and Victoria Falls and Harare in Zimbabwe, via Johannesburg.
Adapted from a press release for IOL