The last flight between Madrid and Malabo will be on January 22.
The Spanish airline Iberia announced the end of its flights to Equatorial Guinea, ending with a story that began in 1941 and that had daily flights between Spain and the African country.
The three weekly flights between the Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) and the Malabo Saint Isabel Airport (SSG) of the Iberia company must face several factors that are detrimental to its profitability: the high airport rates in Malabo, the high price of fuel and the competition from the national company of the African country, Equatorial Guinea Ceiba, which also operates the Malabo-Madrid route.
For these reasons, authorities of Iberia met with the Prime Minister of Equatorial Guinea, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, and other authorities of the country, but without reaching any agreement, so on 22 this month, the last flight will depart from Madrid heading to Malabo.
For passengers with tickets at a later date, Iberia offers the possibility to advance the trip before that day, choose another airline, or opt for the full refund of your purchase.
It should be noted that Equatorial Guinea, located on the west coast of Africa, is a country with strong links with Spain: it was the colony of the European country and is the only sovereign state on the African continent that has Spanish as its official language.