21 OCTOBER 2013
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It looks like Iberia’s woes are to continue, having now being relegated to Spain’s second largest airline. Air Europa has overtaken the former national carrier in terms of passenger numbers according to official statistics from AENA, the Spanish aviation authority.
Size of course means nothing when it comes to profit and with Air Europa part of the Globalia transport group its financial position is not detailed in the accounts, €14m put as the loss for 2012, somewhat less than Iberia.
Over the past year, Air Europa increased passengers by 16%, while former flag carrier Iberia experienced a decrease of 33%.
Air Europa’s UK market largely serves South American long haul operations from the airline’s Madrid hub, with twice-daily flights from Gatwick. The airline has emphasized its highly competitive prices, quick connections, and excellent customer service.
Colin Stewart, UK General Manager, Air Europa, says: “In 2014 and beyond, we intend to consolidate our status as the airline of choice to Latin America for leisure and business travel, connecting the UK and Europe to the region with great value for money and dedication to our passengers. In this way, we aim to continue growing in terms of passenger numbers, market share and destinations served”. www.aireuropa.com
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