Iberia and Alaska Airlines, both members of the Oneworld alliance, are requesting authorization to codeshare on over 80 routes operated by the Seattle-based carrier from Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO), serving destinations in the United States, Mexico, and Costa Rica.
Alaska and its regional airline affiliates Horizon Air and SkyWest Airlines have filed an application with the US Transportation Department (DOT) requesting the authorization, emphasizing that the plans should be approved as soon as possible so that marketing and selling of the proposed codeshare services can “begin without delay.”
The collaboration will initially encompass 62 domestic routes in the United States, as well as 16 foreign trips to Mexico and Costa Rica. Other domestic and foreign destinations on Alaska’s route network may be added at a later date.
According to the airlines, the proposal is in the public interest because it will help customers by expanding travel options between the European Union, the United States, and third nations. “The codeshare services proposed in this application will also improve the joint applicants’ and Iberia’s ability to compete in these markets,” according to the proposal.
Iberia, the Spanish flag carrier, now serves Los Angeles three times per week from Madrid (MAD) and San Francisco twice per week from Barcelona (BCN). The airline also serves Boston (BOS), Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Miami (MIA), and New York John F Kennedy (JFK), as well as Barcelona (BCN).
Overall, capacity on the International Airlines Group-owned carrier’s US network has rebounded to roughly 53% of pre-pandemic levels. According to OAG Schedules Analyzer data, the airline is providing approximately 21,000 two-way seats to US destinations this week (w/c Aug. 30, 2021), compared to nearly 40,000 during the same week two years ago.
If the DOT grants the codeshare request, Iberia will become Alaska’s 15th codeshare partner, joining American Airlines and British Airways. Since joining oneworld on March 31, Alaska has also signed agreements with Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways.
The latter codeshare with Qatar commenced in July and covers more than 150 Alaska routes in North America. Alaska Air Group CEO Ben Minicucci emphasized the necessity of expanding connections from its hubs in Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles at the time.