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Spanish flag carrier Iberia has announced that it will move terminals at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York City.
Come December 1, 2022, Iberia will move to its new home at JFK’s Terminal 8, alongside fellow Oneworld Alliance members American Airlines, British Airways, and Finnair.
Here’s what you should know about the carrier’s move.
Iberia Is Moving to a New Home at JFK
Terminal 8 at JFK has long been home to American Airlines, but recently the terminal got an upgrade — to the tune of $400 million — that helped remodel, expand, and improve the space.
As a result, the terminal is becoming the home base for several Oneworld airlines in New York. British Airways has been in the process of relocating from Terminal 7 to Terminal 8, and soon Iberia will join.
Iberia says the move should improve the passenger experience as passengers will be able to connect from around the country on Oneworld flights and not have to change terminals if they’re continuing on with British Airways, Iberia, or Finnair to their final destinations.
As part of the renovation and expansion of T8, it received tens of thousands of square feet of new space, along with 5 new gates and 4 new remote stands for large, wide-body jets — exactly the kind that Iberia flies to New York.
Iberia passengers can expect not only more seamless connections but also a more premium experience before their flights. Premium cabin passengers and those who hold high-level status with Iberia can access a couple of brand-new lounges that will be used also by the other Oneworld carriers in the terminal.
Hot Tip: Learn all there is to know about Iberia’s loyalty program — Iberia Plus — in our full review.
Iberia Restores U.S. Capacity to Pre-pandemic Levels
Iberia notes that its capacity has recovered to the levels it was at before the pandemic — and it has plans to increase it even further.
It says that it will offer 15% more seats during this winter period than it did in 2019, along with a 23% increase in the number of flights operated compared with pre-pandemic times.
The carrier serves 6 cities across the U.S. — Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), and New York (JFK).
Iberia’s Dallas route was launched initially on a seasonal basis, but it will shift to a year-round service, first with 3 weekly flights and increasing gradually until it’s a daily flight by June of next year.
In Miami, Iberia will move from 10 to 14 frequencies per week, and in New York, it will increase from 10 to 13 flights per week, with plans to increase that to 14 weekly flights by March of next year.
Both Miami and New York will see double-daily service from Iberia by summer 2023, while Boston and Los Angeles will see 3 weekly flights, and Chicago will receive 5 per week.
Iberia is moving into New York JFK’s Terminal 8 to better align itself with its Oneworld partners American Airlines, British Airways, and Finnair. Come December, it will be much easier for Oneworld flyers to connect in New York, and they should notice a much more elevated experience before their flights or during layovers thanks to larger spaces, new lounges, and other improvements.
Iberia believes it has a strong position in the U.S. market, and it’s increasing capacity to and from Spain accordingly. We hope that the carrier will continue to expand and serve even more cities across the U.S. in the future.
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