IAG Cargo adds Cuba and Colombia to LatAm network

IAG Cargo is boosting its Latin America network by utilising a new passenger route into Colombia and a reopened route into Cuba.
The A330 bellyhold services by the freight arm of British Airways and Iberia will connect Cali and Medellín in Colombia and Havana in Cuba to IAG Cargo’s worldwide network of 350 destinations, and bring the total of gateways in Latin America to 19.
Additionally, IAG Cargo is increasing the number of flights it offers to and from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic from five flights a week to daily, effective from April.
Commencing in June, IAG Cargo will resume operations between its Madrid hub and Havana with five flights a week.
Cuba’s famous tobacco products are expected to be among the main exports out of Havana, while imports should comprise perishables and mechanical goods. Havana is also an important stopover for the transhipment of goods including flowers, fruits and textiles.
The new route from Madrid to Cali and Medellin will operate as triangular flights between Madrid-Medellin-Cali-Madrid. Services will begin on July 3.
IAG Cargo expects to see good export flows of flowers and fruits from Cali and Medellín and imports including books and clothes.
On the Santo Domingo route, IAG Cargo will continue to support the strong flows of general freight into the Dominican Republic and fruit and vegetables exiting it.
Steve Gunning, IAG Cargo chief executive, comments: “From pharmaceuticals to perishables Latin America is fast emerging as one of the most important international trade centres – both for production and consumption.”
Adds Gunning: “From our Madrid hub we have already been able to offer businesses In Latin America and beyond some of the best connectivity options in the world, linking up markets from Asia Pacific all the way across Europe and into Latin America.
“These new services further enhance our excellent network proposition to and from this region and will be an important enabler of Latin America trade.”
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