Spanish flag carrier Iberia and Mexican ultra-low-cost airline Viva Aerobus, announced yesterday the signing of a new codeshare agreement.

The aim of the codeshare is to provide even more convenient options to passengers travelling between Spain and Mexico by working collaboratively.

Iberia and Viva Aerobus, working together to connect

Iberia has chosen Viva Aerobus to help them on their journey to increase its services on offer across Mexico.

The codeshare agreement allows Iberia’s customers travelling on the Madrid – Mexico City route to connect to the network of domestic destinations Viva operates from Mexico City. Likewise, Iberia passengers in Mexico who wish to travel to Madrid can connect by making the first leg of the journey with Viva Aerobus on a connecting flight from any of the 25 destinations offered by the carrier from Mexico City.

The Spanish oneworld alliance airline operates its Madrid – Mexico service using its Airbus A350-900, which has the capacity to carry 348 passengers and is 35% more efficient in fuel consumption.

Iberia Airbus A320-214 will be apart of codeshare agreement
Iberia is based in Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport © Axel J,  Flickr

Currently, Iberia operates 19 flights a week between Madrid and Mexico City. Viva Aerobus runs a total of 19 domestic services from Mexico City and a total of 501 weekly flights from Mexico City’s airport – Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez.

What the codeshare means

The signing of this codeshare agreement will also allow customers from both airlines to purchase their entire travel itinerary in a single reservation, under the same baggage policy and with standard fare conditions, streaming the process. Tickets can be also be purchased for flights taking place from 30 August via the airline’s websites, travel agencies and OTAs.

María de Jesús López Solás, Iberia’s Commercial Director, Network Development and Alliances, commented on the new codeshare agreement.

“At Iberia, we have always opted for Mexico as one of our strategic markets, both, from the point of view of tourism and business traffic. As demand has grown, we have met this recovery with an increase in capacity very close to the pre-pandemic levels. With 19 flights a week, Mexico City is the city with the highest number of frequencies in the entire American continent. Now, thanks to the codeshare agreement with Viva Aerobus, we will be able to offer a better service to our customers and greater capillarity with a wide range of destinations within the country.”

Javier Suárez, Chief of Alliances at Viva Aerobus, has also expressed excitement of the agreement between the two airlines.

“At Viva, we are very excited about this codeshare agreement with Iberia. This alliance allows us to connect our network of domestic flights from Mexico City with the busiest nonstop route between Mexico and Europe. We are proud that this operation combines the most modern fleet in Mexico with the efficient Iberia’s Airbus A-350 aircraft.”

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