Iberia Regional is a Spanish airline that flies scheduled passenger flights. The airline is legally and commonly known as Air Nostrum. However, as a franchisee of Spanish national carrier, Iberia, it operates under the Iberia Regional name. The airline offers a large number of domestic flights within Spain, as well as to international destinations throughout Europe and North Africa. Overall, the airline flies to more than 70 destinations.
The airline was created in 1994 under the name Líneas Aéreas del Mediterraneo/Air Nostrum and flew its first-ever service the same year. When the airline first started flying, it only operated a small number of domestic flights and didn't begin international flights until years later. In 1997, the airline agreed to a partnership with Iberia, which saw it become a franchisee of Iberia and take on the Iberia Regional brand and name.
The airline has undergone several mergers that has allowed it to expand its route network dramatically over the years. Its first merger was with Binter Mediterraneo in 1997 after it partnered with Iberia. Binter Mediterraneo was an existing subsidiary of Iberia and upon the Air Nostrum/Iberia merger, Iberia Regional took on all of Binter Mediterraneo's flights. The second major merger happened when Iberia merged with Aviaco, instead of mainline Iberia taking on Aviaco's route, the airline decided to give the routes to Iberia Regional instead. The next merger came in 1999 when it merged with an airline from the Netherlands, Denim Air. Iberia Regional took on many of Denim Air's routes but decided to stop operating them a few years after. Its latest merger came in 2018 when the airline merged with CityJet. However, unlike previous mergers, the airline decided to keep Iberia Regional and CityJet as two separate brands due to their already large presences in their respective areas of the continent.
Due to an airline agreement, many of Iberia Regional flights are operated by Vueling. Alternative Airlines will display which flights are operated by Vueling when a passenger is selecting their flight.
Passengers are given a free carry-on baggage allowance of one carry-on bag per person on all flights. This bag must fit within the dimensions of 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm. Carry-on bags must be stored either in the overhead locker or under the seat within the plane.
Passengers checked baggage allowance will depend on the route they're flying and the fare that they choose.
On Iberia Regional operated flights, passengers can choose between three fares: Basic, Optimal and Flexible. Or, they can purchase a Business Class ticket.
Passengers with a Basic fare ticket aren't given a free checked baggage allowance.
Passengers with an Optimal or Flexible ticket are given a free checked baggage allowance of one piece with a maximum weight of 23 kg.
Passengers with a Business Class ticket are given a free checked baggage allowance of two pieces, with a maximum weight of 23 kg per piece.
On Vueling operated flights, passengers can choose between two fares: Optimal and Flexible.
Both Optimal and Flexible give the same free checked baggage allowance. This baggage allowance allows passengers to bring one piece of checked baggage with a maximum weight of 23 kg.
Regardless of the fare, no one piece of checked baggage can exceed the sum of 158 cm in dimensions (height + width + length).
The Economy Class cabin is Iberia Regional's most basic cabin, perfect for the everyday traveller that is looking to fly from one destination to other, with a simple but comfortable service.
Passengers within Economy can choose from three different fares, each giving different advantages. These fares are Basic, Optimal and Flexible.
The Basic fare is a seat-only fare, which allows gets passengers a seat on the plane and the option to carry one piece of carry-on baggage.
The Optimal fare allows the passenger a seat on the plane, carry-on and checked baggage, seat selection and one flight change permitted, free of charge.
The Flexible fare allows passengers full flexibility for their flight, allowing them to change or cancel for a refund at any time. As well as this, passengers can bring carry-on and checked baggage and select their seat.
Seats are set out in a 2 x 2 formation, giving each passenger access to either a window or aisle.
Iberia Regional's Business Class is designed for passengers that want to go the extra mile on their flight and enjoy comfort and service at the next level.
Business Class passengers can enjoy a range of benefits including VIP check-in, access to airport lounges, fast track boarding and disembarkation, extra baggage allowance, free newspapers, Business Class catering and special baggage allowance.
Business Class seats are slightly larger than those in Economy Class and are set out in a 1 x 2 formation.
There's no in-flight entertainment system installed on Iberia Regional flights. All passengers can read a copy of the airline's in-flight magazine for entertainment.
Business Class passengers are given free newspapers to read during the flight.
Economy Class passengers can order snacks and drinks from the airline's in-flight menu and snack trolley.
Business Class passengers are treated to a full catering service, with complimentary meals and drinks.
Passengers can check-in for their flight online. Depending on which carrier is operating the flight, passengers will need to check-in on that airline's website.
For flights operated by Iberia, passengers must use the Iberia online check-in page.
For flights operated by Vueling, passengers must use the Vueling online check-in page.
Passengers can also check-in at the airport of departure. To complete airport check-in, passengers must visit the airline check-in desk with the correct travel documents. For international and domestic flights, passengers must remember to bring their passport. If a passenger is a Spanish citizen, any form of Government-issued photo ID will be accepted for domestic flights.
As a franchisee of Iberia, Iberia Regional is a member of one of the world's most popular and rewarding frequent flyer programmes — Avios.
Passengers flying on Iberia Regional can collect Avios points for every flight purchased and flown on. In turn, passengers can spend Avios points on a range of different rewards. Passengers can spend Avios points on future Iberia flights or on any of the Avios partner airlines, as well as all of Avios' non-airline partners, including hotel, car hire, alcohol and activity and experience companies.
Avios is one of the beneficial frequent flyer programs in the world and are simple to collect on all Iberia Regional flights booked through Alternative Airlines. Passengers just have to enter their Avios member ID at checkout your points will be added straight away.
Passengers flying Business Class with Iberia Regional earn extra Avios points on each Business Class flight.
Iberia Regional flies to several destinations across Spain, the rest of Europe and to parts of North Africa. This includes to destinations such as Almeria, Barcelona, Bilbao, Fuerteventura, La Palma, Menorca, Malaga, Lanzarote, Santander, Seville, Valencia, Vigo, Milan, Turin, Marseille, Paris, Düsseldorf, Algiers, Marrakech and many more.
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Valencia Airport (VLC) is an international airport in Valencia, Spain and is the hub airport for Iberia Regional. Although the airport is listed as Iberia Regional's primary hub, the airline also has a hub at Barcelona Airport and Madrid-Barajas Airport. Iberia Regional has used Valencia Airport as a hub since it launched back in 1994 and flew its first-ever service from the airport.
Other airlines that use Valencia Airport as a hub include Ryanair and Vueling. Although, much like Iberia Regional, it isn't the only hub for those airlines.
Iberia Regional's fleet consists of more than 50 aircraft. The airline owns planes manufactured by ATR and Bombardier. The majority of its fleet is made up of planes in the Bombardier CRJ series.