Air Europa has set its sights on huge expansion with the investment of US$3.5billion to deliver a total of 22 Boeing 878 Dreamliners by 2022 (from the current eight).

The airline now offers 19 long-haul routes to the Americas from Gatwick, with its 20th route commencing this December to Recife in Brazil.

Colin Stewart, UK director of Air Europa – and recently appointed chair of LATA, said: “We’ve seen double-digit growth year-on-year and we’ve been growing steadily for the last eight years. We have big expansion plans with three new long-haul destinations to Latin America.”

With its main hub operation out of Madrid, passengers can connect onwards to a range of destinations, and Stewart asserts that the carrier has also witnessed significant growth in connecting traffic; in the last eight years the percentage of passengers using connecting flights from Madrid has increased from 6-8% to 40%.

He said: “We are Spain’s largest privately owned airline and the advantage of this is that we can quickly adapt to demand. Our focus has changed from short-haul to long-haul and introducing the new Dreamliner aircraft will be a real game changer for us.”

Agents selling Latin America destinations are being encouraged to contact the airline to discover more about its training and fam trip opportunities.

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