Qatar airways yesterday revealed that is further expanding its strategic partnerships signing an expanded codeshare agreement with Spanish airline Iberia.
Qatar Airways owns 25.1% of Iberia’s owner, the International Airlines Group. The move comes as Qatar Airways looks to strengthen passengers’ travel options to South America through a range of partnerships.
The Doha-based airline said that the expanded commercial cooperation will enable its passengers to book travel to and from 40 destinations on Iberia’s network across the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America, including new routes in Brazil, Chile, El Salvador and Guatemala.
The expanded commercial cooperation will increase the number of destinations available to Iberia passengers from 29 to 36 on Qatar Airways’ network, including new destinations in Angola, Australia, Mozambique, New Zealand and South Africa.
Customers won’t have to wait to make use of the expanded codeshare agreement as Qatar Airways revealed tickets have already gone on sale.
“We are pleased to further expand our codeshare cooperation with Iberia, Spain’s largest carrier and the leading airline connecting Europe with Latin America. Despite the challenges of 2020, it has been our priority to maintain reliable global connectivity for our passengers. This expansion of our strategic partnership with Iberia further strengthens connectivity between the hubs of Doha and Madrid ensuring more flexible travel options for our customers. Qatar Airways and Iberia have enjoyed the mutual benefits our partnership has brought us since its establishment in 2017, providing more choice and seamless global connectivity for our millions of passengers. As global travel recovers, we look forward to further expanding our commercial cooperation with Iberia and continuing to provide the unrivalled five-star service our passengers have come to expect.”said Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive, Qatar Airways.
“The extension of the codeshare agreement with Qatar Airways is very good news for us. At Iberia we work so that, when countries eliminate their restrictions, we can offer our clients the widest and most comprehensive network possible. The extension of this codeshare agreement with our oneworld partner, Qatar Airways, opens up new markets in Australia and Africa and improves the connectivity we offer between Spain and the rest of the world with a very high-quality service offered by our partner, Qatar Airways.”said Javier Sanchez-Prieto, Group Chief Executive, Iberia.
Both airlines are members of the Oneworld alliance, meaning customers will get tier status recognition on each other’s flights, including lounge access, priority check-in and boardig, and accrual and redemption of miles.
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