Iberia Express: Spain’s New Budget Airline

March 26, 2016

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To the delight of bargain-lovers everywhere, yet another low-cost airline has arrived in Europe’s competitive budget tourism market. Iberia Express, an offshoot of Spain’s national airline Iberia, launched this week, with online ticket sales beginning on Wednesday 28 March.

Iberia Express will offer flights across mainland Spain and to the Spanish islands of Ibiza, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. The new airline joins the likes of Ryanair, EasyJet and bmibaby in the growing low-cost airline market.

News of the airline’s launch may help lift spirits in Spain, which has recently been in the headlines for its role in the Eurozone Crisis. The country is currently plagued with high unemployment levels and in January its fourth-largest airline, Spanair, collapsed. So, the job listings on the Iberia Express website will undoubtedly be a welcome site to qualified job-seekers.

Tourism is one of the major contributors to the Spainish economy. In 2015, the World Travel and Tourism Council ranked Spain 5th out of 181 countries in regard to the relative importance of  the travel/tourism industry to GDP. The WTTC also found that the travel/tourism industry contributed to 12.7% of total employment.

Are you likely to benefit from this new budget airline? Do you think this bodes well for Spain’s economy? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


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