Cathay Pacific and Iberia sign codeshare deal
Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific has entered a codeshare agreement with Spanish airline Iberia to add new destinations to its route.
The deal will enable Cathay Pacific customers travelling on Iberia codeshare flights from Madrid, Spain to destinations in the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands.
With the agreement, Cathay Pacific will be able to place its ‘CX’ code on selected flights operated by Iberia between Madrid and five other destinations in Spain, including Alicante, Barcelona and Valencia.
The code will also be placed on Iberia’s scheduled flights between Madrid and Lisbon, Portugal.
Cathay Pacific chief customer and commercial officer-designate Paul Loo said: “As one of the founding members of the oneworld alliance, we are delighted to work with our oneworld partner, Iberia, to offer our customers with more travel options to and within Spain and Portugal.
“This new cooperation enables us to strengthen our connectivity in our expanding Europe network as well as grow the oneworld alliance.”
The carrier currentlty operates four weekly flights between Hong Kong and Madrid using its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
The airline is also planning to launch a new seasonal service to Barcelona with its Airbus A350-900 aircraft from July.
Iberia network and alliances director Neil Chernoff said: “The codeshare cooperation will provide customers in Spain and Portugal a convenient one-stop option for travelling to Hong Kong.
“It will also open up additional destinations on the Iberian Peninsula for Cathay’s customers travelling from Asia, promoting both business and tourism opportunities in Spain.
“Cathay’s customers will enjoy our onboard product and services and the seamless transfer experience we have developed in our Hub at Madrid Barajas Terminal 4.”
With a fleet of around 135 aircraft, Iberia together with its subsidiary and other partners currently operates 600 daily flights.
Image: A Cathay Pacific aircraft in the sky. Photo: courtesy of Cathay Pacific Airways.