Iberia's fleet will be smaller in coming 5 years, change is structural - CEOIberia's fleet will be smaller in coming 5 years, change is structural - CEO
An Iberia Airbus A320 airplane passes a Stop sign as it lands at Barcelona-El Prat airport

MADRID (Reuters) – The fleet of Iberia airline, a Spanish unit of International Consolidated Airlines, will be smaller in the coming five years, its chief executive Luis Gallego said.

“The Iberian fleet is going to be smaller over the next five years. It is not temporary but structural,” Gallego, who will take over as the next chairman of IAG in September, told a business conference held in Madrid.

The airlines industry is battling its biggest ever crisis, with governments in Europe and the United States providing payroll support and cheap loans.

(Reporting By Inti Landauro, writing by Jesús Aguado; editing by Emma Pinedo)