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Resuming of Iberia Flights to Cuba Boosts Tourism

iberiaWith the announcement today of the resumption of flights to Cuba, Iberia airline’s reinforces the progressive trend of tourism in the island, that has already accumulated a year over three million visitors.

The flights of the Spanish transport company were suspended two years ago, and the new version of these trips will bring five times a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday). This is a highly symbolic route, as recognized Iberia CEO, Luis Gallego, who also meant that resumption comes at a very important moment in the exchanges between the US and Cuba.

Gallego meant that the resumption of dialogue opens up new prospects for the Spanish tourism industry, with major interests in the archipelago.

Iberia stopped flying to Cuba in April 2013, the year in which suspended other routes to Latin America, considering these deficits for their high component of mainly tourist traffic travel, but increased frequency in Colombia, Chile and Panama.

However, it always expressed the intention to return to Cuba when it could make that sustainable way.

With working conditions and productivity measures agreed with its workers, possible to extend to 2018 with the agreement of great activity, Iberia seeks to achieve levels of profitability demanded by investors.

During the first quarter of 2015, the company already halved its red data to 55 million euros, and 11 years later, returns to the debt market to finance the eight A330-200 aircraft that will receive from December 2015 to November 2016, intended for its long-haul fleet.

Tourism Ministry officials confirmed the timely resumption Monday, with the landing of one of its aircraft at night.

The Spanish company said it will cover the route with the Airbus A330 aircraft, which features the new long-haul product with seats convertible into beds of two meters in business class, spacious seats in Tourist, in addition to individual entertainment letter.

This brings to the fore reopening competition with Air Europa, the only Spanish airline that kept its flights to Cuba, a factor which will benefit the flow of Iberian tourists to this island.

The National Bureau of Statistics and Information outlined the previous year came to this country from Spain 99 77 000 travelers, representing a slight increase compared to 2013 figures, European nation in the ninth on feeder markets to the archipelago.

(Prensa Latina)

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