Iberia is planning a 21% capacity expansion on the Dublin-Madrid route from this summer. The route, which is currently operated by Iberia franchisee Air Nostrum, is to get a larger 177-seat aircraft from June and additional summer frequencies.
Air Nostrum had previously operated the route with a 90-seat aircraft. The expanded service to Madrid will also enhance Dublin Airport’s international connectivity, as it will offer improved connections to South America, Central America and South Africa through Iberia’s main hub.
The expanded Dublin-Madrid service will operate daily in June and August and eight times per week in July. There will be five flights per week in each direction during the winter months. Flights will leave Madrid at 15.50 daily arriving in Dublin at 17.20. The return flight will leave Dublin at 18.10 and arrive in Madrid at 21.40.
Eight new routes have already been announced for Dublin Airport this year and significant capacity expansions on a number of existing services have also been confirmed. Emirates, which launched its new Dublin-Dubai route in January, has announced a 52% expansion in capacity from July, its fastest ever expansion of a new service. Aer Lingus, Aer Lingus Regional, and SAS have also recently confirmed extra capacity on a number of Dublin routes.