Spain's Iberia to press unions for new layoff plan in June

Luis Gallego, Chief Executive Officer of Iberia Express, smiles during a news conference in Madrid March 23, 2012. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Spanish airline Iberia could open a new early retirement programme for 1,000 workers by June, depending on the outcome of prior talks with unions, Chief Executive Officer Luis Gallego said on Monday.

Iberia, which is owned by International Consolidated Airlines Group SA ICAG.L, is not considering adding capacity in Brazil at the moment, even as the country's outlook seems more promising, Gallego told Reuters on the sidelines of an event in São Paulo.

Reporting by Brad Haynes; Writing by Guillermo Parra-Bernal; Editing by Phil Berlowitz