MADRID._ Iberia airlines is confident that Madrid-Havana flights will yield high profits once the route reopens on June 1, the company’s Communications and Public Relations director, Juan Cierco, has said.
In an interview with the Prensa Latina news agency, Cierco added that they forecast not only high demand for economy class seats, but for the carrier’s business class seating also, because of the island’s good economic prospects.
Coincidentally, Cuban ambassador to Spain, Eugenio Martínez, described the January 26 announcement about the reopening of flights to the island as great news.
“Iberia’s presidency informed me about the resumption of a historic route that connected Cuba with Europe for years, and which is being reestablished for the benefit of travelers between the Iberian Peninsula and my country,” the ambassador commented.
According to Martínez, the number of Spanish visitors to Cuba, which accounted for a little more than 5 percent in 2014, may well increase this year. Cuba is a safe destination, full of unforgettable experiences, with friendly, educated people who welcome the new flight frequency, he said.
Asked about the reasons behind the route’s reopening, Cierco asserted that the discontinuation had been due exclusively to economic reasons, as Iberia was going through a very difficult situation. However, the changes implemented by the company now ensure its profitability.
Commenting on the idea of welcoming passengers not only from Spain, Cierco explained that 65 percent of passengers flying with Iberia from Madrid do so through connecting flights, and only 35 percent take round trips.
By resuming the route to Cuba we hope that many European passengers –mostly tourists from Italy, France, Germany and Great Britain– will fly Iberia to Havana.
Iberia is confident of a high demand for business class seats, which help make airlines more profitable, but the flow of holidaymakers makes a significant contribution as well, he noted.
The company expects an increase in the number of business class passengers, given the changes resulting from the resumption of talks for the normalization of Cuba-U.S. relations, he said.
“With all those topics being analyzed, our prospects appear to be more optimistic as well,” Cierco stressed.Share on FB Share on TT