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Iberia gets fourth frequency to Lagos

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SPANISH carrier, Iberia will today add a fourth weekly return flight between Lagos and Madrid. The airline already operates flights to the Nigerian city on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays

The new flight adds 244 seats per week to this route, and brings the total to above 37,400 seats this year, or about 13 per cent more than in 2011.

The airline links Nigeria with the largest cities in Spain and Europe-over 70 destinations, using A319 aircraft, with Business Club class, wider and more comfortable seats with more separation between rows, and an in-flight entertainment system based on individual, portable play stations. This is coming as the carrier plans to introduce a bigger A3300 aircraft to the route in line with customers’ preference.

Speaking in Lagos yesterday, the Country Manager for Iberia/British Airways, Mr. Kola Olayinka, while expressing his appreciation to the Federal Government for graciously granting the fourth frequency to the Spanish airline, said “this is a unique opportunity to extend service to Europe and South America and present even more choice to our numerous customers on Iberia”.

It would be recalled that Iberia launched its Lagos route in June 2004, and it remains the sole airline to offer direct flights between Nigeria and Spain.

Last year, it carried nearly 25,000 passengers on the route, a 3.6 per cent increase over the previous year. Nearly 60 per cent of passengers make connections in Madrid to/from other Iberia destinations, such as London, Chicago, Bogota, and New York.

British Airways and Iberia had in 2010 signed a deal to merge and create one of the world’s biggest airline groups.

It is expected to save the airlines €400 million  ($533 million; £350 million) a year.

The new company is called International Airlines Group, but the BA and Iberia brands continue to operate as normal.

In total, the group operates 419 aircraft, flying to more than 200 destinations, and carry a total of 62 million passengers a year, BA said.

The airlines are also regarded as a good match, having few overlapping routes.

Many see the deal as allowing the company to compete more effectively with other European giants including Air France-KLM and Germany’s Lufthansa.

Article credit: Guardian Newspaper

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