Iberia resumes operations in Venezuela on Airbus A350s
This Sunday (30), Iberia resumed operations between Madrid (MAD) and Caracas (CCS), after a seven-month suspension. The last operation of the Spanish airline in Venezuela dates back to March 26, 2022.
The airline will offer 1,926 weekly seats on this route, representing an 11.5% increase in capacity over pre-pandemic levels.
Flight IB 6673 was operated in an Airbus A350 registered EC-NVR and named “Teresa Helbig”, which took off from Adolfo Suaréz International Airport (MAD) at 12:20 p.m. local time and landed at Simón Bolívar International Airport ( CCS) at 4:08 p.m., after 8 hours and 48 minutes. This is the first commercial service of an A350 in Venezuela.
Currently, Spain is one of the countries authorized by the National Institute of Civil Aeronautics (INAC) to carry out regular passenger, cargo and mail services in Venezuelan territory. Iberia is the fourth airline to offer non-stop flights between the Spanish capital and Caracas (CCS).
- Madrid-Caracas IB Flight 6673 11:55 a.m. MAD – CCS 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.
- Caracas-Madrid Flight IB 6674 CCS 6:20 p.m. – MAD 8:00 a.m.+1 Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.
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The line will be operated on Airbus A350-900s and will be marketed in 28 seats in Premium Economy and 293 in Economy Class; promotional fares are available from EUR 654 one way. The A350 will operate until February 9, 2023, and on February 12, 2023 it will be replaced by the Airbus A330-200.
According to data obtained by Aviacionline through Aena Estadísticas, 84,399 passengers and 8,945.5 tons of freight were mobilized in the period from January to September 2022 between Madrid (MAD) and Caracas (CCS), this represents a recovery of 48.42% and 47.4% of passengers and cargo respectively, compared to 2019 levels. Spain is Venezuela’s largest European market.
According to data obtained through Cirium, Iberia will be the third largest air operator in the Spain – Venezuela segment in terms of available seats per kilometer (ASK) only behind Plus Ultra and Air Europa. For this Nordic winter season, Caracas (CCS) will be connected to Madrid (MAD) and Tenerife – North (TFN).
Flight schedules between Venezuela and Spain
For December between Venezuela and Spain there will be an offer of 7,719 weekly seats, with four airlines in operation.
- Air Europa: three weekly flights by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (Norse Atlantic configuration without Business Class available).
- Iberia: three weekly flights by Airbus A350-900.
- Plus Ultra: five weekly flights by Airbus A330-200.
- Conviasa: two weekly flights (operated via Plus Ultra).
Tenerife – North (TFN)
- Plus Ultra: a weekly frequency on Airbus A340-300.
See also: “CO2labora”: the Iberia group now allows passengers to offset the emissions of their flights