Iberia launched 3x weekly service to Beirut in 2005, but I don't think it was successful.
MEA is planning to launch Madrid next year, so I wonder how this will affect their plans. I cannot in anyway see MEA entering a codeshare agreement with Iberia as this would conflict with MEA's partnership with Air France.
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
AsoRock From Bahrain, joined May 2006, 322 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3475 times:
BEY-BCN-BEY and BEY-MAD-BEY are really needed urgently, especially for increasingly popular tourist exchanges between Spain and Lebanon.
It is inconvenient to require a transit somewhere to travel between Lebanon and Spain. The only drawback here is a lack of premium traffic between the two countries, but otherwise it's great as IBERIA can connect Lebanese diaspora to Latin America where they are in the millions!
I recall the short lived MAD-BEY-MAD was briefly popular but had to be withdrawn following the Lebanon-Israel war in 2006.
Beirut is booming right now with unprecedented tourist inflow to the country, so it's hard to imagine IBERIA ignoring this market now. Another war is highly unlikely soon.
MayaviaERJ190 From Mexico, joined Jan 2008, 349 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3169 times:
There are more Spanish speakers in Mexico than there are in Spain. There are more Libanese in Mexico than there are in Spain. Since AeroMexico had have half of the market for years while IB was the only counterpart... Guess what? MX's MEX-MAD combined with a non-stop MAD-BEY within 1w (oneworld); They, them together, can do wonders. Time will tell... Mexico City and Beirut have always been closer than your own imagination. If I'd had to bet, I'd bet it all on this one.