Iberia Express touches down at Malta International Airport for the first time

The first Iberia Express A320 Airbus landed today at Malta International Airport from Madrid-Barajas Airport. Iberia Express is the second, new airline to join Malta International Airport’s network this year, and will be connecting the Maltese islands to Madrid every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

The low-cost Spanish airline forms part of Spain’s flag carrier Iberia, with its fleet sharing the same vibrant red and yellow livery. Since its launch in 2012, Iberia Express has expanded its route network considerably and today operates flights to 39 destinations, of which 14 are domestic and 26 international.

MIA CEO, Alan Borg said, “Welcoming a new airline is always a rewarding occasion and today we’re pleased to be celebrating the launch of Iberia Express from Madrid, marking another juncture in recouping traffic from the Spanish market, as well as connecting Malta to the Americas. As a subsidiary of Iberia, this airline forms part of the world’s sixth largest airline group, IAG.”

On his part, Iberia Express’ Head of Network and Revenue Management, Trevor Martin said; “We are very pleased to start our operations to Malta this summer, a key destination in the Mediterranean area.  With prices starting from 39 euros per segment, quality service onboard, and a very convenient schedule, including connections to Iberia’s long-haul network, we are sure this route will be very popular with our clients during this summer season.”

Minister for Tourism Dr Edward Zammit Lewis, welcomed Iberia Express with satisfaction and added that the overall outlook for the Maltese tourism industry, for the short and long term, remains positive and encouraging. The Minster proceeded to thank the management and staff at Malta International Airport for their key contribution to the success of Malta’s tourism industry.

MTA CEO, Mr Paul Bugeja remarked that the fact that there are four airlines operating between Spain and Malta falls in line with the efforts that are being made to secure growth from the Iberian Peninsula.

The Spanish airline’s first flight was welcomed with the traditional water salute and passengers onboard the flight were treated to cake made especially for the occasion.