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Iberia AIRLINES


IBERIA EYES THE WORLD


The Spanish carrrier wants to be an airline with more stamps in its passport, including Africa and Asia, says CEO Luis Gallego WORDS: VICTORIA TEBBS


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f all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.” This quote might come from an


unknown source, but sums up the market Spanish carrier Iberia is trying to tap. “We want to be a more global


company,” Iberia CEO Luis Gallego says. For a start, the airline is further spreading its wings in Latin America, stepping up its frequencies to Lima in Peru, adding 10.7% capacity to Mexico, 16% to Argentina and 30% to Puerto Rico. This strategy will undoubtedly be boosted by a pending joint venture between LATAM Airlines Group and Iberia’s parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG).


LATAM Group includes Brazil’s TAM and


Chile’s LAN Airlines, which sit alongside IAG carriers British Airways (BA) and Iberia in the oneworld alliance. If the agreement is approved – some regulatory clearances are still pending – the airlines plan to deepen their codeshare and commercial cooperation on flights between, and within, Europe and South America. However, Gallego adds: “We still don’t know when we will get the approval.” Looking even further ahead, Gallego


wants to develop on two other continents, including more growth in Africa after resuming flights to South Africa last year. “Africa is doing well, so we are looking at how we can develop there. We believe


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Luis Gallego


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