Air Europa, the airline company of the Globalia tourism group, is a full member of the SkyTeam alliance. Last year it carried 9 million passengers, making it the second largest Spanish airline in this regard. Committed to the environment and with state-of-the-art technology, Air Europa has the highest quality and safety standards.

  • Globalia

    Globalia Corporación Empresarial S.A. is the largest Spanish tourism group in relation to volume of sales. Its founder and chairman is Juan José Higaldo, a self-made businessman who started out in the industry at the beginning of the 1970s


    These days Globalia’s activities extend across Europe, America, the Caribbean and North Africa.


    The main companies that form Globalia are grouped into 6 large business areas:

    Air Division

    Air Europa was the first private airline in Spain to operate scheduled domestic and later international flights, breaking Iberia’s monopoly in the country.

    Retail Division

    This is made up of the Halcón and Ecuador network of travel agencies. The two brands also trade via their own websites on the internet.

    Wholesale Division

    Travelplan has emerged as the leading tour operator in the Spanish market, both in terms of number of destinations and number of passengers. In 2009 it sold almost one and a half million package holidays. Its programme is supported by Air Europa’s network of scheduled and charter flights, but also covers all manner of products and destinations. Tours programmed on the Spanish and European rail network are managed through Iberrail, a tour operator that specialises in high speed trains. In March 2003 Travelplan took over the company Iberotours, with its commercial brand, Touring Club. In 2007 it acquired 50% of MK Tour, a North American tour operator based in Miami that specialises in packages to the Dominican Republic.

    Hotel Division

    Be Live Hoteles is the group’s hotel firm. In the last four years it has experienced rapid growth and now has a total of 25 hotels in its portfolio, which it manages, rents or owns.

    Ground Handling Division

    Groundforce is the company responsible for servicing aircraft on the ground, loading and unloading luggage and dealing with check in. It is the second largest ground handler in Spain according to volume of operations.

    Road Transport

    Globalia Autocares is the company with the longest tradition in the group and is one of the oldest in the sector. It was created in 1970 by Juan José Hidalgo and his brother Juan Antonio. It is focused on the private bus sector and its activities cover Spain and Europe.

  • Background

    • 1986 – Air Europa is born. First flight between Tenerife and London.
    • 1988 – First Spanish company in completing an ETOPS flight. 
    • 1991 – A group of investors, led by Juan José Hidalgo, acquires the company. 
    • 1993 - Air Europa becomes the first private airline in Spain to operate scheduled domestic flights in Spain, breakings Iberia´s monopoly in the country.
    • 1994 – Air Europa starts competing with Iberia in the air shuttle Madrid-Barcelona.
    • 1995 - The company begins scheduled international operations. Starts flying to Londres and New York.
    • 1996 - Air Europa has more than 750 regular weekly flight. It starts new routes: París, Varadero (Cuba), Salvador de Bahía (Brasil), Asturias, Bilbao y Vigo.
    • 1999 - Air Europa adds its first six Boeing 737 New Generation.
    • 2000 - Air Europa adds its first Boeing 767-300 for its transoceanic routes. Air Europa began its first code-share flights with the company Alitalia, from MAD and BCN to 11 domestic destinations.
    • 2003 - Air Europa tightens its agreements and alliances with companies as Aeropostal, Air France, Air Luxor, Alitalia, Continental Airlines, KLM, Malev, Southern Winds o Tunisair.
    • 2004 – Direct flights to Quito, Guayaquil, Praga, and Varsovia
    • 2005 - Air Europa is the first company in Spain with direct flights to China.  
    • 2007 – New routes to Buenos Aires and Río de Janeiro. Air Europa joins SkyTeam, as an associated member, on the first of September.  
    • 2008 – Air Europa joins the Atlantic Interoperability Initiative to Reduce Emissions (AIRE), a program developed with partners like the FAA, the European Commission and Nav Portugal
    • 2009 – New routes to Lisbon, London, Venice, New York, and Miami. Second phase of the AIRE Oceanic Program.
    • 2010 - Air Europa is a full member of SkyTeam since the first of July. New route between Madrid and Lima.
    • 2012 -Air Europa receives two noteworthy awards regarding quality: the EMAS for environmental management and the Madrid ‘Excelente’ classification. It formalizes the acquisition of the eight Boeing 787s to be added to its fleet as of 2016. 
    • 2013 - Air Europa opens new routes to A Coruña, Montevideo and begins operation of the Madrid-Sao Paulo route.  
    • 2014 - Air Europa inaugurates its Madrid-Frankfurt and Madrid-Munich routes, both with two daily flights; and in May it begins its regular services between Madrid and San Juan in Puerto Rico. In June Air Europa also opens its Madrid-Miami route, with onward flights between Miami and Punta Cana, and at the end of the year, it adds Porto and Ouarzazate, in southern Morocco, to its network of destinations.
    • 2015 - Air Europa announces that it is placing a new order with Boeing for fourteen 787-9 Dreamliners in addition to the eight B787s already acquired by the company. Flights begin between Madrid and Tel Aviv and Madrid and Asunción. The company starts its daily service to Miami using a Boeing 787 rented from LOT. Air Europa initiates its modernization plan and presents its new image and the new SUMA loyalty program. It also becomes the first airline to fit its entire fleet out with defibrillators. The company reaches new codeshare agreements with Korean Air, Avianca Brazil, Seaborne and Air Serbia. Air Europa Express begins its operations. Air Europa begins flights between the Balearic Islands, 
    • 2016 – First Spanish company with a 787 Dreamliner.  
    • 2017: New route to San Pedro Sula and becomes the first European airline to offer a direct connection between Honduras and Spain.  Recife y Marrakech 
    • 2018 – Atmosfair ranks Air Europa as the world’s most efficient European airline network. This report, which is published by the German environmental organization every year, ranks the 200 largest airlines in the world based on their climate efficiency (CO2 emissions by transport service). The 2018 Atmosfair report also ranks Air Europa as the third most efficient airline network in the world, thus highlighting Air Europa’s strong environmental commitment.
    • Similarly, Air Europa Express also gained second place in the ranking of the most efficient regional companies in the world, and it is in the first position at the European level. Air Europa opens routes to Quito, Düsseldorf, Venice and Eilat. Air Europa has its own cargo department, Air Europa Cargo
    • 2019 – First international company to get a license in Brasil to operate scheduled domestic flights. Air Europa, Air France, and KLM sign a new joint venture agreement for their flights between Europe and Central and South America. This agreement will allow both to expand their offerings and enhance travel opportunities for their respective customers. First biometric boarding experience at Menorca airport. New routes to Panama, Medellin, Iguazu, Casablanca and Túnez
  • Sustainability

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  • Quality, Safety and R&D&I

  • Alliances

    We are part of the SkyTeam alliance, comprising 19 companies with more than 1,000 destinations throughout 175 countries, giving our passengers the opportunity to travel around the world more easily and with countless benefits.  


    The exclusive priority service can be found in over 1,000 airports around the world where the iconic SkyPriority red signs will guide passengers quickly and easily from check-in to baggage collection. Discover all the benefits of SkyPriority.

  • Codeshares

    We have agreements with other airlines to sell seats on routes operated by these airlines, the main aim of which is to offer passengers a broader range of destinations.

    There are many advantages to code-sharing agreements:

    • All routes are run on a single ticket.
    • A single check-in desk.
    • Connections with minimum waiting time.
    • Earn SUMA Miles with airlines associated with SkyTeam 
    • Access VIP rooms at airports according to availability.


    Important: Each airline has its own luggage policy, so the maximum permitted weight or items will appear on your ticket. Hand baggage is also governed by the rules of the airline operating the flight. 


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