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Iberia Express is announced
October 7th, 2011 by elisa

Iberia parent company, IAG, has confirmed that it will launch a new low-cost carrier, Iberia Express. The airline will be based at Madrid Barajas airport with the launch of four new aircraft, growing to 13 by the end of 2012.

Willie Walsh, who recently came out of an 18-month battle with unions when he was chief executive of British Airways, looks set to have more confrontations with unions in his new role as chief executive of IAG. The announcement of the new low-cost airline has provoked fears from the unions that over time, Iberia will transfer domestic and European services to the new airline which will lead to job losses.

Iberia Express will use existing Iberia aircraft, but will recruit new staff on lower salaries and different terms and conditions to the main airline.

The Spanish pilots’ union, however, say that the budget airline broke agreements signed with Iberia during its merger with British Airways to create IAG.


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