Iberia has received regulatory approval to co-operate on services between Europe and Japan. The International Airlines Group (IAG) subsidiary has been granted anti-trust immunity (ATI) by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and is now expected to join the existing joint business between oneworld partners Japan Airlines (JAL), British Airways and Finnair. The approval, announced on August 16, will allow the four carriers to co-ordinate fares and schedules, and share revenue on flights to and from Japan.
“We would like to thank the regulators for approving our ATI application for Iberia joining Japan Airlines, British Airways and Finnair in our current joint business between Japan and Europe,” JAL President Yoshiharu Ueki said. “This move will allow us to further strengthen our partnership with oneworld partner airlines, and will provide our customers with further benefits when travelling between Japan and Europe.”
The Spanish airline is expected to enter the joint business on October 18, coinciding with the launch of its thrice weekly service from Madrid to Tokyo/Narita.
Luis Gallego, President and CEO of Iberia added: “We are very happy to launch our non-stop flights to Japan as part of this joint business. We want to offer our customers more and better travel options and this will help us do so. We are also glad to contribute to the strength of the joint business and the oneworld alliance.”