Iberia Launching Dallas & Washington Flights

Iberia Launching Dallas & Washington Flights

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Iberia has announced three routes to the United States commencing in April 2022 — one is all new, one was announced pre-pandemic but was never launched, and one was launched pre-pandemic but was suspended. These new services complement Iberia’s existing destinations in the United States, which include Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York.

Iberia adding Madrid to Dallas flight

Iberia will be launching 4x weekly flights between Madrid (MAD) and Dallas (DFW) as of April 2022. The aircraft type and flight schedules haven’t yet been announced, but this is a new destination for the Spanish flag carrier.

This new Iberia service will complement American’s daily flight between Dallas and Madrid, generally operated with a Boeing 777. The two airlines are part of the oneworld transatlantic joint venture, which includes American, British Airways, Iberia, Finnair, and Aer Lingus. So the two airlines will be working together in this market, given the revenue sharing that happens with these arrangements.

Dallas is a huge hub for American, while Madrid is a huge hub for Iberia, so this flight should have plenty of connectivity opportunities on both ends.

American also operates the Dallas to Madrid route

Iberia finally launching Madrid to Washington flight

In 2019, Iberia announced plans to launch a Madrid to Washington flight. That was supposed to launch as of the summer of 2020. That didn’t end up materializing due to the pandemic, but that will finally be changing.

Iberia will be launching 4x weekly flights between Madrid (MAD) and Washington (IAD) as of April 2022. The aircraft type and flight schedules haven’t yet been announced. As mentioned above, this route had been previously announced, and for that matter Iberia used to operate this route a long time ago (maybe a decade ago?).

Washington Dulles isn’t a huge oneworld hub, so I imagine this is primarily targeted at those traveling to & from Washington, with destinations in Spain & beyond.

Iberia initially announced the Washington route in 2019

Iberia resuming Madrid to San Francisco flight

In 2018, Iberia launched a seasonal Madrid to San Francisco flight. This returned in the summer of 2019, but was then suspended in 2020 due to the pandemic. This will be making a comeback next year.

Iberia will be relaunching 3x weekly flights between Madrid (MAD) and San Francisco (SFO) as of April 2022. The aircraft type and flight schedules haven’t yet been announced.

San Francisco is a huge market in and of itself, and on top of that Alaska Airlines has joined the oneworld alliance as of the spring of 2021, which will open up lots of connectivity beyond the Bay Area.

Iberia will have some connectivity at SFO with Alaska

Bottom line

Iberia has revealed some exciting expansion to the United States for the summer of 2022, including new flights to Dallas and Washington, and a resumption of flights to San Francisco. These are all cool routes, though as of now they’re not on sale (if there’s lots of award availability when they do go on sale, I’ll be sure to provide an update on that).

None of these routes really come as a surprise — the San Francisco route existed pre-pandemic, the Washington route was supposed to be launched in 2020, and the Dallas route seems like a safe bet, given the oneworld transatlantic joint venture.

What do you make of Iberia’s new routes to the United States?

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  1. 0504Traveller Guest

    I flew Iberia from DC to Spain back in 2008 and it was very spartan passenger load. The flight was decent but the outbound and return were very light load so even then I figured the flight was not going to continue. Interesting to see they have restarted the flight

  2. Alison Guest

    Would this mean that Iberia may also go back to daily flights from LAX? Recently it has been a few days a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday). I booked fall 2022, but was limited on the days. Curious if they will expand. I believe they were daily when I booked my original flights in 2020

  3. Pablo Hernandez Guest

    The MAD-IAD was actually operating in the early 2010s, and Iberia stopped it for some reason. So that's not a true brand new route for Iberia - although definitely great news!

  4. shoeguy Guest

    I'm guessing DFW-MAD on IB is a way to help AA which may face some big challenges in Spring / Summer 2022 if the 787 deliveries are pushed back, otherwise the market is likely plenty covered with a single daily AA flight.

    1. PackMan1996 Guest

      Pre-COVID AA had two flights to MAD and the original plan was to bring both back.

  5. SFO based Traveler Guest

    I’d argue connectivity at SFO is limited - Alaska flies from T2 while Iberia flies from the intl terminal. With no post security connections, flying Alaska to SFO to connect on Iberia will cause you to take a train and then re-clear.

    1. Jason Guest

      They're mostly getting people going to/ from SFO on this flight. There may be some connectivity, sure. But this flight is mainly designed to be for people from the Bay area going to Spain and beyond, or for all tourists/ business people in Madrid and who can use Madrid as a transit point on the way to the Bay area. Not much connectivity these days via SFO on Alaska that couldnt already be handled way...

      They're mostly getting people going to/ from SFO on this flight. There may be some connectivity, sure. But this flight is mainly designed to be for people from the Bay area going to Spain and beyond, or for all tourists/ business people in Madrid and who can use Madrid as a transit point on the way to the Bay area. Not much connectivity these days via SFO on Alaska that couldnt already be handled way more easily over Dallas or Chicago. Will there be some? Sure. But this flight is more designed for the person starting or ending their travels in SF.

    2. Never In Doubt Guest

      Construction is underway for post security connections all the way around (except directly between the two Intl wings). I haven’t been to T2 or T1 in awhile, but I think it’s planned to be finished “soon”.

  6. BookLvr New Member

    Oooh. As a greater DC area person tentatively planning a trip to Spain for summer 2022, this gets my attention!

    As far as I can tell, the only airline currently flying non-stop from IAD to either MAD or BCN is United. We were debating between nonstop on United or doing a one stop flight on Air France. Interesting to have another player in this market and will be interested to hear more details when they emerge.

    1. Peter Guest

      IB have the rudest service ground and onboard especially longhaul - I avoid them at all costs

  7. Abidjan Guest

    Great news, re: IAD.

    1. Willm Guest

      Good news. Flew through MAD recently, and IB doesn’t get enough credit for its amazing lounge offering. Beautiful setup, restaurant quality food options (albeit self service) readily available showers.
      I fly through maybe once a year, and seems to have a new renovation every time I pass through.
      Beats the BA galleries lounge any day.

  8. Stuart Guest

    The IAD service is not "technically" new. Iberia had service between IAD and MAD for a few years in the early 2000's. They used an A340 on it back then and it was always an easy redemption in business, for whatever Iberia's business is worth. I took it quite often because there always seemed to be seats available. Given the lack of connectivity for Iberia in Washington I imagine this will, again, be a good source for AA members to redeem.

    1. Jason Guest

      I wouldnt be so sure. NOw that United and the old USAirways are no longer cooperating, lots more people in the DC area are more aligned with AA/oneworld. Those travelers who are oneworld -aligned will probably be a huge source for this new flight. I wouldnt expect Iberia to add a flight then have it be empty.

  9. Michael SEA New Member

    Great new routes for IB! I just wish IB, AY, or AT would start SEA routes. I’m tired of paying BA ridiculous taxes and carrier imposed charges. Another OW airline with convient connections to Europe via anywhere but LHR would be well used.

  10. Never In Doubt Guest

    Bringing back another option to the continent from SFO!

  11. Trey Guest

    I wonder how the DFW-MAD flight will be priced in Iberia Avios.

    1. SQ51 Guest

      too bad DFW-MAD will never have any award availability through AA at 57.5K, American wouldn't dare cannibalize their 180K redemption rates for flights on their own metal

    2. Peter Guest

      Yes, wondering if like Chicago for 34k Avios off peak in Business or 42.5k, like LA

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SQ51 Guest

too bad DFW-MAD will never have any award availability through AA at 57.5K, American wouldn't dare cannibalize their 180K redemption rates for flights on their own metal

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0504Traveller Guest

I flew Iberia from DC to Spain back in 2008 and it was very spartan passenger load. The flight was decent but the outbound and return were very light load so even then I figured the flight was not going to continue. Interesting to see they have restarted the flight

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Peter Guest

IB have the rudest service ground and onboard especially longhaul - I avoid them at all costs

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