MIAMI – To compensate for the slump affecting intercontinental flights, Iberia (IB), a member of the IAG Group, is extending its network to nearby Portugal, Azores Island, the Maldive Islands, and Slovenia.

As detailed in its press release, IB is adding its 114th route with a service from Madrid (MAD) to Azores Ponta Delgada (PDL), operated by Airbus 320, with departures on Wednesday at 07:25, arrival at 08:50, and Saturday at 11:25, arrival at 12:50. Return flights from PDL leave at 09:40 from PDL on Wednesday and arrive MAD at 15:00 and at 13:40 on Saturday and arrive at 19:00. All times are local.

In addition, IB has increased its services to Portugal and, starting June 6, will also operate charter flights from Lisbon (LIS) and Oporto (OPO) to Porto Santo on behalf of Viajes Abreu travel agency.

Iberia Airbus 330-200 EC-MNL – Photo, : Pablo Gonzales/Airways

Iberia Extends Network in Portugal


  • Lisbon – IB now operates 14 return flights a week to the Portuguese capital but will raise the number to 22 from June through September.
  • Oporto – Now served by seven weekly Iberia flights, the number will rise to 11 in June, and to 14 from July through October.
  • Funchal – Flights to the capital of Madeira will begin on 2 June with three per week, and this frequency will be increased to five per week in July, August, and September, for a summer total of some 18,400 available seats.
  • Faro – IB Regional/Air Nostrum will fly to Faro or Portugal’s southern coast starting on 4 June, with three flights per week, raising this to five times per week in July. A total of 15,600 seats will be offered during the summer.
  • Porto Santo – Iberia will operate charter flights to this tiny island north of Madeira from Lisbon and Oporto, sold by the Viajes Abreu travel agency starting on 6 June. There will be one flight every Sunday until 10 October.
  • The Azores  IB will operate two return flights per week to the islands this summer, starting on 3 July.

For its Maldives islands destination, IB is planning to fly twice weekly from MAD to Male (MLE) on Monday and Friday, departing at 21:20 and arriving at 11:25 the following day. The return flight taking place on Wednesday and Sunday, departing at 22:00 and arriving at 06:10 the next day. All times are local. The flights are operated by Airbus 330-200 configured for 19 seats in business and 269 in economy.


Featured image: Iberia Airbus 320-200 EC-LRG. Photo: Alberto Cucini/Airways