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IAG (International Airlines Group) has introduced the opening of a synthetic intelligence laboratory (IA) in Barcelona in roughly two weeks. He holding proprietor of Iberia, British Airways, Vueling, Level y Aer Lingus create “a center of excellence” much like the one it already has in London and initially make use of 70 staffwith the expectation of doubling this determine in a single 12 months.

This was introduced this morning by its CEO, Luis Gallegoat a press convention on the Vueling headquarters, in Villadecans (Barcelona). Precisely, the hub of IA be positioned within the Canada constructingadjoining to the headquarters of this airline and Level.

The CEO of IAG has defined that his function might be to “export the group's innovations to all of its airlines.” “The gurus will be in Barcelona and London (which has more than a hundred specialists) and will provide solutions in different domains, such as customer experience, maintenance or incident management,” he added.

Gallego has participated in an occasion with the president and CEO of Vueling, Carolina Martinoliand the CEO of Level, Fernando Candelato current a research ready by the consulting agency PwC on the impression in Catalonia of the airline group based in 2011. The report confirms that IAG contributed 6,043 million euros to the GDP of the area and with greater than 81,000 jobs. These figures symbolize, respectively, 2.1% of Catalan financial exercise and a couple of.3% of full-time employment within the autonomous group.

Ampliacin de El Prat

The three executives have highlighted IAG's main place within the Barcelona-El Prat airport. Last 12 months, the group's firms, with Vueling on the helm, transported 24.4 million passengers with origin or vacation spot Barcelona. Asked concerning the growth of the Catalan airport, Gallego was in favor of endeavor it “with criteria of economic and environmental sustainability“.

Although he didn’t wish to go for the completely different choices which were placed on the desk, the CEO of the Spanish-British firm has rejected the choice of selling the airports of Girona y Reus in order that they operate as satellites of El Prat within the model of the London mannequin with Gatwick o Stansted concerning Heathrow:With the intention of creating a hub, “It wouldn’t work as a result of the interconnection wouldn’t be snug.” “We consider that Barcelona has the capability for extra flights and extra airplanes in a sustainable approach,” Gallego stressed.

Iberia and Air Europa

“We wish to strengthen our place within the Atlantico Sur hall“, stated CEO of IAG regarding the airline company's next plans. Gallego has pointed out that one of the keys to achieving this objective is to obtain the authorization of Brussels for the purchase of Air Europajust one day after the latest proposal for Iberia to the General Directorate of Competition of the European Commissionwhich consists of the transfer to competing airlines of the 52% of routes operated by the company belonging to Globalia.

Regarding the possible recovery of the policy of dividend paymentGallego has assured that this year's trend “is constructive” and has advanced that “quickly” they will announce the form of shareholder remuneration. The distribution of dividends was suspended by the parent company of Iberia and British Airways four years ago due to the impact of the crisis. coronavirus.

IAG multiplied its profits by six in the last year with 2,655 million euros (431 million in 2022). He holding In 2023, it managed to increase its income by 27.7%, up to 29,453 million euros.