**** Flights Stopped 15th December 2006 ****
Following a list of improvment measures being presented to the airline in November 2006 by the Spanish Ministry of Aviation Air Madrid did not correct these points.
On the 10th December 2006 the Spanish ministry decided to post signs in the Spanish airports served by Air Madrid alerting passengers to the points of the November communication.
On the 15th December Air Madrid decided that the measures employed by the Spanish Ministry were harming their professional image and decided to ground all flights. The last flight being between Madrid & Palma de Mallorca.
It is estimated that there are currently (15th December) 120,000 passengers stranded in South America in addition to those in Spain itself. Spain does not have a bond scheme guaranteeing transport on other airlines in the case of suspension of flights by a carrier. The Spanish Aviation Ministry has no obligation to provide aid to stranded passengers however they are "trying" to aid some passengers on a humanitarian nature basis.
Hotel & food for stranded passengers is the responsibility of the airline to provide. Not the airports or authorities.
Air Madrid is Madrids very own airline serving both national and international destinations with a modern fleet of Airbus aircraft. You may well even find youself flying to Madrid with them!
At the start of the new millenium leading travel agents and airline executives realised that the national carrier, Iberia, enjoyed a dominate position at Madrids Barajas airport and was at liberty to set fares at artificially high levels. Further studies revealed that an airline operating newer and more efficient aircraft could open up the market to new customers between Europe and South America. In 2003 Air Madrid was born!
Flying a long haul fleet of modern Airbus A330 aircraft flights were launched in 2004 between Madrid and South America so ending the near monopoly enjoyed by Iberia and opening affordable air travel to a new level of society.
Quickly gaining an impressive reputation for both high standards of customer care and punctuality Air Madrid was bought in 2004 by a major travel industry player.
The capital influx allowed this fledgling carrier to embark on an expansion of feeder services within Europe so augumenting the Europe - South America connection. This expansion is ongoing today.
At the time of writing (Nov 2006) Air Madrid is an all Airbus operator flying the following types:
- 2 x A319 - 130 seat intra european short haul
- 1 x A310 - 240 seat medium range twin jet
- 5 x A330 - 290 to 350 seat Long haul twin jet
- 1 x A340 - 290 seat ultra Long haul quad jet
In 2006, and in keeping with the companies philosophy to only operate the newest Aircraft available, Air Madrid placed some of the first orders with Airbus for the new A350.
Continued European expansion is expected shortly with regional aircraft from Bombadier joing the fleet. Bombadier is recognised as the inventor of the "regional jet" and the newest models from its production line will shortly be wearing the distinctive "red ribbon" logo.
Air Madrid serves the following destinations
Madrid Barajas airport
- Tenerife North
- Tel Aviv
- London Gatwick
- N & S America
- Buenas Aires
- Santiago Chile
- San Jose
- Sao Paolo
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