The reintroduction of direct flights between Johannesburg and Madrid by Spanish flag-carrier airline Iberia in August 2016 has resulted in a significant boost in travel between South Africa and Spain. This was reported by Airports Company South Africa assistant general manager (client and passengers services) OR Tambo International Airport Faith Mhlanga on Thursday. From May 2017 to May 2018, Iberia’s air traffic movements through the airport had increased by 7.69%, she pointed out in an address to the media at an Iberia function at the airport. The number of passengers who flew out of the airport on Iberia increased by 8% over the same period. Most of these passengers are flying between the two countries, although some from South Africa did use Madrid as a hub to fly on to other destinations.