Iberia, BA’s sister airline, has announced a number of new UK routes.
The first to arrive will be a service from Edinburgh to Madrid. This will launch in late March with the start of the Summer timetable. It will initially operate four times a week but will increase to six flights per week over the Summer.
In September, Iberia is launching Manchester to Madrid. This will operate four times per week.
Gatwick is also welcoming Iberia next year, in the form of its low(er) cost Iberia Express subsidiary. There will be two flights per day to Gatwick starting in March.
The existing Heathrow services will continue as before, with up to eight Iberia services to Madrid each day plus a further five BA flights.
One upside for readers near Edinburgh and Manchester will be the ability to book Iberia long-haul redemptions more easily. Iberia now has fully flat seats in business class and its taxes and charges on long-haul redemptions are usually £300 or so lower than BA.
Flying to the US via Madrid may take a couple of hours longer than flying via Heathrow but the cost saving will easily make up for it – as long as you book the UK to Madrid leg separately to avoid long-haul Air Passenger Duty.