The president of Iberia assures the Government of maintaining employment and connectivity in the Balearic Islands following the purchase of Air Europa

Apr 5, 2023 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

Francina Armengol welcomes the fact that “we are committed to maintaining jobs” after a meeting with representatives of the company

The President of the Government, Francina Armengol, accompanied by the Minister of Economic Model, Tourism and Labour, Iago Negueruela, held a meeting this morning with the President of Iberia Express, Carlos Gómez Suárez, and the company’s corporate director, Juan Cierco Jiménez de Parga, who have committed to maintaining jobs and connectivity in the Balearic Islands if Air Europa is finally acquired.

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The president of Iberia assures the Government of maintaining employment and connectivity

During the meeting, Iberia told the Govern that the company’s commitment to the archipelago is total and defended the fact that the purchase of Air Europa, which has yet to be analysed and validated by the European Union’s competition authorities, will allow it to continue to support the Balearic Islands.

In this sense, Iberia’s leaders have expressed their intention to maintain jobs and guarantee current contracts, both at the Llucmajor headquarters and in the handling service (ground handling) and the call centre. This commitment would affect more than 2,500 people.

In terms of connectivity, the company’s delegation explained to Armengol and Negueruela the figures that the airline manages in the Balearic Islands and how in recent years they have been committed to increasing connectivity. In this way, the number of seats offered by the airline has increased significantly in the last decade, multiplying by three since 2013. For this year, Iberia has scheduled 1.6 million seats, which is 31% more than in 2019.

On leaving, both Armengol and Negueruela were very satisfied with the meeting and the president said that one of the main objectives of the government was to “guarantee stability in the future for Air Europa workers”. For this reason, they are pleased that IAG is making “an important commitment to maintaining jobs, as well as working to improve the fleet, use less polluting fuels and improve connectivity”.

The airline’s managers have considered that the prices to fly to or from the Balearic Islands will continue to be “competitive” over the coming years, since, as they have pointed out, the trend is downward and there is no reason for it to change since Iberia has shown its commitment to ensuring competition on all routes.

The airline has also shown its commitment to sustainability and has advanced that in 2024 Iberia will fly with 50% of new-generation aircraft, which emit 20% less CO2 and 50% less noise.