Analysing the ifnormation from the Spanish media we have the feeling that Madrid and Iberia might be back again soon.
Good figures expected for Madrid
According to the Aena’s expectations that ABC.es published, based on the slot allocation, Barajas airport would increase passengers by 7.7% and flights by 5.5% during this summer season. Sources from Aena have confirmed to this office that the passenger increase is at the moment 7.2% and the operation increase 2.2%. These figures are still good in any case.
An interesting graph comparing the traffic evolutions in Madrid and Barcelona between 2003 and 2013 is available here.
17 new destinations have been scheduled from Barajas to reach a total amount of 291. Amongst these new routes, United Airlines will be flying to Washington and China Eastern Airlines to Shanghai. Norwegian are about to open their base and Air Europa will continue with their international expansion plan with routes likeSantiago de Chile and San Juan de Puerto Rico.
The first meeting of the Madrid’s Committee
After the first meeting of the new Madrid Airport Committee, Javier Marín—Aena’s general director—said that “Airlines see Madrid like a destination which is already growing”. The meeting, chaired by Carmen Librero—Transport’s Secretary General—dealt with the agreement reached between Iberia and its pilots. Marín said this is essential for Madrid to keep being the main link between Europe and Latin America and will allow the Iberia Express growth. This is very important for the Madrid airport’s future since “it is really necessary to have a relevant low cost airline based at the airport”.
New Iberia’s aggressive plan
To this respect, Privatur informed yesterday through their Newsletter that Iberia is about to come up with a new aggressive plan. This plan would consist of getting back destinations which had been closed either in Latin America or Europe and that may be profitable again once the restructuration of the company has been performed.
Apart from the new subsidies, the Committee analysed the creation of the hub of Air Europa and Sky Team at Terminals 1, 2 and 3.