Iberojet and World2Fly resume flights from Portugal to Varadero

Iberojet cancels its flights to Cuba from January 2024 on

HAVANA, June 3  Official sources reported that Spanish airlines Iberojet and World2Fly resumed their direct flights this Saturday between Lisbon, Portugal, and Varadero, Cuba.Since it launched this route in 2022, World2Fly, an airline associated with the Iberostar hotel chain that focuses on the marketing of vacation flights, has flown every summer to the Matanzas tourist destination from the Portuguese capital.

This time, an Airbus A330-300 arrived at the Juan Gualberto Gómez International Airport, with a capacity for more than 380 passengers.

The World2Fly flights will have a weekly frequency, arriving in Cuba every Saturday at 7:45 pm, Liuba Quintero Ávila, head of the Ground Operations Unit of the air terminal, informed the Cuban News Agency.

According to the Cuban Ministry of Tourism and the Cuba Travel website, the airline added its fourth frequency to Havana from Madrid, starting April 2, and will maintain those flights until October 22. Likewise, it will add a fifth frequency from June 20 to September 12.

Meanwhile, Iberojet restarted its seasonal operations from Portugal this Saturday, extending until next October. The first flight took 382 passengers to Varadero and the frequency of trips will also be weekly.

At the end of last year, the Spanish company announced the cancellation of its flights to Havana starting in January 2024; Months earlier, it had already reported the suspension of its Madrid-Santiago de Cuba route beginning in October for “operational reasons.”

However, last April, Iberojet announced the restart of its operations to Varadero, from June 1 to October 5, and the opening of the Madrid-Santa Clara route from July 17 to September 4, with a weekly flight on Wednesdays.

In addition, from June 25 to September 10, Iberojet/Avoris will cover the route from Lisbon to Santa Clara with a weekly flight every Tuesday.

Cuban tourism needs a strong injection of travelers, after in recent years the number of visitors and the hotel occupancy rate have registered a steady decline.