American Airlines and partner Iberia announced Thursday they will be sharing the same terminal and counter space at the Luis Muñoz Marín Airport, starting Saturday.
That day, Spanish carrier Iberia will move from Terminal C to Terminal D, joining British Airways, which last month also began sharing facilities with American Airlines. The trio of carriers share utilities, coordinate networks and schedules and are commercial partners for routes in North America and Europe.
“The main objective of the joint venture agreement with American Airlines is offering better products and services and this measure helps making that goal a reality as it helps our customers with travel arrangements they have to conductat the airport, especially when they combine flights from the two airlines in one trip,” said Marina Grijalba, manager of Iberia in Puerto Rico.
Under this agreement, Iberia passengers will also use the same security and customs area as American Airlines, as well as and boarding gates in Terminal D, making the connections process more convenient for passengers of both airlines, company officials said.
“With American Airlines and Iberia operating from the same terminal, passengers of both airlines will enjoy an integrated service from when they check in for the flight until they board the plane,” said José Rucabado, general manager of American Airlines in Puerto Rico. “This will further improve the trip experience as a result of our joint business.”
American Airlines and partner American Eagle operate 43 daily flights —representing a significant reduction of service that went into effect last month — throughout the U.S. mainland and the Caribbean. Meanwhile, Iberia offers three direct weekly flights from LMM to Madrid.