IAG holds attractive leadership positions in each of its home markets Barcelona, Dublin, London and Madrid, with a major presence in the North Atlantic, South Atlantic and Intra-Europe.

The Group portfolio consists of unique operating companies, from full service longhaul to low-cost shorthaul carriers, each targeting specific customer needs and geographies.

IAG has been reinforcing its leadership positions since its creation in 2011 through both organic growth in these markets and also through the acquisitions of bmi, Vueling and Aer Lingus. The development of joint businesses has also helped the Group to grow its global reach. These relationships with business partners offer customers better frequencies and easier connections in the markets they serve.

Our routes

In 2021, IAG’s network continues to reflect COVID-19’s impact and associated government travel restrictions, with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic felt across all regions. However, the Group progressively started operating a larger network than in 2020, as global travel restrictions began to ease as vaccine programmes advanced. Capacity was increasingly restored during the year, in line with the easing of travel restrictions, although with some impact of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 felt in December.

Aer Lingus

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In 2021, Aer Lingus maintained its route between London and Belfast and benefitted from UK citizens opting for domestic holidays. The airline operated regular flights to New York, Boston, Washington and Chicago, but on a reduced schedule as the US didn’t fully open until beginning of November.

Aer Lingus launched operations from Manchester in October 2021, with flights to Barbados starting in October.

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British Airways

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British Airways’ 2021 network reflected demand from UK holidaymakers avoiding overseas destinations, which were subject to quarantine restrictions and expensive testing requirements. Throughout the summer the company operated routes to destinations included on the UK Government’s ‘Travel Corridor’ Green and Amber list countries, once self-isolation requirements for double-vaccinated passengers were removed.

Throughout the year, BA operated regular flights to New York, Boston, Washington, Chicago, although at a reduced level given that the US didn’t fully open until beginning of November. The company also kept regular flights to the Caribbean destinations. Routes to Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires only resumed in December.

The airline also operated to multiple AMESA destinations including Dubai, India, South Africa and Pakistan.

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Iberia

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In 2021, Iberia was able to increase the number of destinations in its network earlier than the other Group airlines due to exposure to markets with less COVID-related travel restrictions.

Domestic operations focused on connecting the Spanish peninsula with both the Canary and Balearic Islands. The company benefitted from the introduction of the EU Digital Covid Certificate in the summer with passenger load factors in the second half of the year significantly higher as a result.

LACAR was one of the most resilient regions throughout the year thanks to significant VFR (visiting friends and relatives) travel in 2021.

Iberia also operated regularly to Miami, New York, Dakar and restarted operations to Israel and Morocco when travel restrictions were eased.

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LEVEL

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In 2021 LEVEL resumed operations to San Francisco and New York.

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Vueling

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In 2021, Vueling domestic operations focused on connecting the Spanish peninsula with both the Canary and Balearic Islands. The airline also re-opened international routes as restrictions eased, restarting routes to Morocco and Tunisia whilst continuing regular operations to Senegal and Algeria.

Vueling became the second largest operator – after the Air France Group -at Paris-Orly airport after launching 32 new destinations following receipt of additional slots.

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