Entries in Madrid (6)


Vueling starts Madrid-Mykonos seasonal non-stop route

The Barcelona-based regional carrier Vueling Airlines will start a new seasonal route Friday.  It will run between Barajas Airport in Madrid (IATA: MAD; ICAO: LEMD) and Mykonos Island National Airport (IATA: JMK; ICAO: LGMK) on the Greek Cycladic island of Mykonos.  The route will run in both directions on Monday, Friday, and Sunday until July 28, when it will begin to run on Thursday as well.  As of this posting, travelers can fly this route on these four days of the week, until September 11.  This may be when Vueling intends to discontinue the seasonal route, but that is unconfirmed.  Results returned by the airline ticket booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights show that Vueling has a codeshare agreement with the Spanish airline Iberia along this route.  The same source shows that the route will be operated with the Airbus A320-100 and A320-200.

Also, the Jakarta-based carrier Lion Air has commenced service between its hub at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (IATA: CGK; ICAO: WIII) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (IATA: KUL; ICAO: WMKK) near the Malaysian capital.

Lion Air will face a great deal of competition along this route, as no less than five other airlines fly it daily, according to Kayak.  Notwithstanding that, presumably each of Lion Air's flights is filled to capacity, as the company's English motto is "We make people fly."  Our editors are curious as to the ways in which this motto is implemented in the day-to-day activities of the airline.

In any case, Alitalia is indefinitely shelving its Turin-Berlin (Tegel) route, effective tomorrow.  Also, the British budget carrier EasyJet is discontinuing its Berlin (Schönefeld)-Gothenburg route tomorrow as well.

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US Airways starts Charlotte-Madrid and Charlotte-Dublin routes

Last week, US Airways launched two seasonal routes between its hub at Douglas International Airport in Charlotte (IATA: CLT; ICAO: KCLT), and Europe.  Last Friday, it kicked off its once-daily round-trip route between Charlotte, and Barajas Airport (IATA: MAD; ICAO: LEMD) in the Spanish capital city of Madrid.  The route will be flown with the Boeing 767-200ER.  The eastbound leg is scheduled to depart Charlotte at 4:25 in the afternoon, local time.  It is scheduled to arrive in the Spanish capital at 6:40 in the morning the following day, local time.  The westbound leg is scheduled to depart from Madrid at 9:30 in the morning, local time, and arrive back in Charlotte at 12:55 in the afternoon, local time.

Last Saturday, US Airways launched its seasonal, daily round-trip route between Charlotte, and Dublin Airport (IATA: DUB; ICAO: EIDW), in the Irish capital city.  This route will be flown with the Boeing 757-200.  The eastbound leg is scheduled to depart Charlotte at 6:20 in the evening, local time.  It is scheduled to arrive in Dublin at 6:50 in the morning the following day, local time.  The westbound leg is scheduled to depart from Dublin at 9:15 in the morning, local time, and arrive back in Charlotte at 12:40 in the afternoon, local time.  Both the Charlotte-Madrid route and the Charlotte-Dublin route are scheduled to operate through September 30.  US Airways will continue to serve both European cities via Philadelphia, after September 30.

US Airways' main international gateway is in Philadelphia International Airport (IATA: PHL; ICAO: KPHL), but London, Paris, Frankfurt, and Rome are each accessible year-round via US Airways from Charlotte.

original story (US Airways)


BA and Iberia respective shareholders both approve merger

Earlier today, shareholders in British Airways and Iberia Airlines voted "overwhelmingly" in favor of a proposed merger between the two European carriers which would create the third-largest airline in Europe.  Among European-based carriers only Lufthansa and Air France-KLM would be larger.  The resulting business entity will be called International Consolidated Airlines Group.  The London-based Daily Telegraph reported that Willie Walsh, CEO of British Airways, would like to consolidate additional airlines within this new holding company in the future, and that this is the reason for the "bland" holding company name.

The merger is worth an estimated 5.7 billion GBP (6.76 billion EUR; 8.89 billion USD) and will be executed entirely with company stock.  According to the New York-based Wall Street Journal, shareholders of British Airways will receive a share of International Consolidated Airlines Group for every share of British Airways they own, and shareholders of Iberia Airlines will get 1.0205 shares of the new holding company for every share of Iberia.  Iberia reported on its website that five years from now, the new multinational corporation expects the airlines' combined efforts to produce 400 million EUR (337 million GBP; 526 million USD) annually in excess of the sum of the two airlines' individual expected revenues.

Both British Airways and Iberia are members of the Oneworld airline alliance.

Operational headquarters of the airline resulting from this merger will be in London, and corporate headquarters will be in Madrid.  Each city is the capital of its respective country.  Despite the move, the two merging airlines "will keep their separate brands and identities" according to the Wall Street Journal today.  The merger is scheduled to be officially complete on January 21 next year.  The Daily Telegraph noted solemnly that British Airways' individual ticker symbol would no longer be visible on the London Stock Exchange, as of January 24 next year.

Mr. Walsh, and Iberia CEO Antonio Vázquez Romero will hold a press conference at Madrid's Hotel Intercontinental on November 30, at 10:00 in the morning local time, according to Iberia's press release.

British Airways is the highest-profile airline headquartered in the United Kingdom, and was founded in 1974, from the merger of the British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European Airways.  It is based in the borough of Hillingdon in London.  Its largest hub is Heathrow International Airport (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL).  It operates 239 aircraft (Airbus and Boeing) to destinations on all six permanently inhabited continents.  Company stock is currently traded on the London Stock Exchange, although the "BA" ticker symbol will be replaced by the ticker symbol for International Consolidated Airlines Group next January 24.

Iberia Airlines was founded in 1927, and is the largest carrier based in Spain, by number of passengers carried.  It is headquartered in Madrid, and maintains hubs at Barajas Airport in the Spanish capital (IATA: MAD; ICAO: LEMD), and also at Barcelona Airport in the northeast of the country (IATA: BCN; ICAO: LEBL).  It operates an all-Airbus fleet of 116 aircraft to 99 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, and South America.

related stories

British Airways resolves Iberia merger concern over deficit (September 23, 2010)

DOT grants anti-trust immunity to BA-Iberia-AA alliance (July 22, 2010)

BA-Iberia merger approved by the EU (July 14, 2010)

original stories

BA, Iberia holders approve merger (Yahoo Finance)

Iberia and British Airways shareholders approve merger (Iberia Airlines)

BA, Iberia Shareholders Back Merger (Wall Street Journal)

British Airways shareholder vote to trigger end of BA name on stock market screens (Daily Telegraph)


British Airways resolves Iberia merger concern over deficit

Earlier today the largest airline based in Spain, Iberia Airlines, cleared another obstacle to its anticipated merger with British Airways (BA).  Iberia announced that it was happy with British Airways' plan for dealing with its 3.7 billion GBP pension deficit (4.36 billion EUR; 5.8 billion USD).  The United Kingdom's highest-profile airline showed Iberia how it plans to put 330 million GBP (388.55 million EUR; 517.67 million USD) annually into pension funds for the next sixteen years.

The anticipated merger would unite the two airlines under the same holding company, called International Airlines Group.  However, each of the two airlines would retain its long-established logos and branding schemes.  British Airways CEO Willie Walsh would become CEO of International Airlines Group, while Iberia CEO Antonio Vasquez Romero would become Chairman of the Board.  The holding company's operational headquarters would be in London, and its corporate headquarters would be in Madrid.  Iberia claims the merger will allow visitors from Europe to obtain inexpensive airfare to Central America.  The website www.beatthebrochure.com reports that the merger will make available "a vast array of services offering cheap flights" between destinations all over the globe.

British Airways was formed in 1974 with the merger of the British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European Airways.  It is the United Kingdom’s highest-profile airline, and is headquartered very near its main hub Heathrow Airport (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL) in the London borough of Hillingdon.  British Airways flies a fleet of 237 aircraft to destinations on all six permanently inhabited continents, and also maintains a hub at Gatwick Airport (IATA: LGW; ICAO: EGKK) southeast of London.

Iberia Airlines is the Spanish flag carrier, and was founded in 1927.  It is based in the national capital of Madrid.  Iberia maintains its largest hub at Barajas Airport in Madrid (IATA: MAD; ICAO: LEMD).  Spain's second-largest city Barcelona is a focus city for the airline.  Iberia flies 116 aircraft to 120 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, and South America.

related stories

DOT grants anti-trust immunity to BA-Iberia-AA alliance (July 22, 2010)

BA-Iberia merger approved by the EU (July 14, 2010)

original story (www.beatthebrochure.com)


Emirates launches service between Dubai and Madrid

The official airline of the emirate of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates just finished a series of inaugural flights between the airline's hub Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB; ICAO: OMDB) and a number of European cities, including Madrid, the capital of Spain.  The newly launched Dubai-Madrid route will be flown with the Airbus A330-200 in a 237-seat configuration.

Other routes launched by Emirates this year include flights between Dubai and the cities of Amsterdam, Netherlands; and Prague, Czech Republic.  The largest airline based in the Middle East launched its Dubai-Amsterdam route in May, and its Dubai-Prague route in July.  Moreover, earlier today, the inaugural flight of the airline's Dubai-Beijing route landed at Capital International Airport in the Chinese capital (IATA: PEK; ICAO: ZBAA).  The inaugural flight was flown with the new Airbus A380.

Emirates was founded in 1985, and operates four of the longest commercial flights currently being flown.  (Those are between Dubai International and the cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, and Sao Paulo.)  It currently has 142 aircraft in its passenger fleet, with an astonishing 197 more planes on order, 90 of those on order being the Airbus A380.  Emirates is wholly owned by the Dubai-based Emirates Group, which itself is wholly owned by the Government of Dubai.

related stories

Emirates wants even more (than 90) Airbus A380s (June 22, 2010)

 Emirates orders 32 more Airbus A380 super jumbo aircraft (June 16, 2010)

original stories

Emirates completes flurry of European route launches (www.ameinfo.com)

Emirates marks its first A380 flight to Beijing (www.ameinfo.com)


Barcelona Airport closed today due to volcanic ash in the air

Barcelona Airport, the second-busiest airport in Spain (IATA: BCN; ICAO: LEBL), stopped all takeoffs and landings indefinitely today, due to excessive amounts of ash in the air, resulting from last month’s eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in south central Iceland.  According to reports from the Spanish flag carrier Iberia Airlines, a number of smaller airports in northern Spain are taking similar precautions, and stopping takeoffs and landings.  Iberia is assisting stranded passengers by providing ground transportation where possible.  The airline’s website reported that the airport in Barcelona, a city on the Mediterranean coast of northeastern Spain, should reopen tomorrow.

Just as Icelandair has promised to do for its passengers affected by temporary airport closures, Iberia has offered a full refund for cancellation, or itinerary change without penalty, to travelers whose plans were compromised.  Iberia has requested that travelers whose itineraries involve an airport which has been temporarily shut down, not go to the airport.  Iberia will post tweets on Twitter, updating travelers on the situation as it develops.

Barajas Airport in Madrid (IATA: MAD; ICAO: LEMD) is Spain’s busiest.  Construction at the current location of Barcelona Airport began in 1948.  Iberia was founded in 1927 by a businessman from Lufthansa, nationalized in 1944, and re-privatized in 2001.

Iberia Airlines website