With the opening of Spain from June, American Airlines is celebrating with expanded flight options from June 17. While the borders are expected to open in a few weeks to fully vaccinated visitors, American currently makes two daily flights to Spain from the United States and plans to double the number of flights in June.
American Airlines predicts increase in Spain
Spain is expected to open on June 7 for visitors who are fully vaccinated. This means more options for leisure travelers who want to travel to Europe. American Airlines currently operates flights to Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) and Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD).
Currently, flights to Barcelona are short from Miami International Airport (MIA). Meanwhile, flights to Madrid run out of Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). The DFW-MAD flight operates on a Boeing 787-9. Meanwhile, MIA to BCN is planned on the Boeing 777-200ERs. These two services operate on a daily basis.
The two additional flights will both be to Madrid from June 17. The launch that day is a new link from MIA to MAD and another from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to MAD. Both flights will take place on board Boeing 777-200ERs on a daily basis.
Brian Znotins, U.S. vice president of network planning, said the following:
“American is looking forward to reconnecting leisure customers with Spain. Whether they want to stroll through Plaza del Sol and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Spanish capital or relax on a sunny Barcelona beach, American is ready to take them on their travels.
Spain opens its borders
All passengers fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine will be able to visit the country without quarantine. Americans will need to provide proof of vaccination. A digital vaccine passport is in the works, but Americans should plan to travel with their carte blanche.
Note that there may still be restrictions in the country. For example, not all restaurants or stores may be open to full capacity. In addition, tourists may need to book in advance to visit certain sights, attractions or participate in events.
American Airlines operations in Spain
Spain is the home country of the US Atlantic Joint Trading Partner and its compatriot aglobal partner, Iberia. Madrid is Iberia’s biggest hub. Passengers can connect to destinations abroad or in Spain.
So while some may worry that American is not adding too many nonstop flights to destinations like Barcelona, Iberia is set to operate transatlantic flights from Barcelona and passengers can connect. to Madrid.
Meanwhile, New York-JFK is strengthened through the Northeastern American Alliance with JetBlue. With more connection opportunities, that means more options for Americans to visit Spain this summer.
Spain joins Iceland, Croatia, Greece and Italy for reopening to the Americans. France aims to open the next one, from June 9. The European Union is committed to offering a standardized entry option into European countries for vaccinated travelers.
However, airlines are starting to run out of time with the addition of additional flights. The booking curve for international flights is generally a bit longer than for domestic flights, so most Americans planning trips to Europe will likely book from July for now. Nonetheless, airlines are more than happy to see another country open up.
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