Iberia reintroduces Tokyo Narita to its network

Iberia’s Madrid to Tokyo Narita

Luis says hola Tokio. Luis Gallego, Iberia CEO was on hand in Madrid to help mark the re-start of flights to Tokyo Narita after an 18-year gap. The thrice-weekly operation began on 18 October.

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The first flight arrived in Tokyo at 09:35 the next day. While the first two flights are to be operated by Iberia’s A340 fleet, ordinarily the near-11,000-kilometre sector will be flown by its A330-200s.

  • Iberia has resumed operations to Tokyo Narita (NRT) from its Madrid (MAD) hub after an 18-year hiatus. Started on 18 October, the thrice-weekly service will be flown by the oneworld carrier’s A330-200s, although the first two flights were operated by its larger capacity A430 fleet. The 10,766-kilometre sector will face no direct competition. The new service further galvanises Aena’s (operator of Madrid) aspirations to act as a transfer point between Latin America and Asia. See how Tokyo Narita Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.


  1. Siobhean says:

    Geographically Spain is ideally placed to act as a stopover between Japan/China and South America as it takes as long via the US. Brasil has the largest Japanese ex-pat community outside of Japan. JAL used to operate to RIO and SAO via LAX then moved the transit point to JFK before stopping service. As fellow one world members, I am sure they will code-share on routes to Brasil, Argentina etc and probably eventually return to MAD themselves to feed into IB´s network. CX recently started a Madrid service probably with the same intentions.

    • javier says:

      yes Madrid is one of the best hubs in europe and it has low cost carriers such as Ryanair or Easyjet

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