Etihad Cargo adds Madrid to freighter network

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Etihad Cargo will launch a twice-weekly Boeing 777 freighter service between Abu Dhabi and Madrid next month to enhance its European network and support e-commerce connectivity from Asia to Europe via its Abu Dhabi hub.

The service between Zayed International Airport (AUH) and Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) will begin on July 15, said Etihad Cargo. 

On Mondays and Wednesdays flights will depart from Abu Dhabi and on Mondays and Thursdays flights will depart from Madrid.

According to Etihad Cargo, the launch of the service is in recognition of Madrid’s role as a “key European fashion hub” and will increase the total number of Etihad flights to Spain to 25 per week. 

Etihad Cargo provides belly capacity via 10 Etihad Airways passenger flights to Madrid, 10 to Barcelona and three seasonal flights to Malaga launched as part of the airline’s summer schedule.

Etihad Cargo’s existing European freighter network includes six weekly flights to Amsterdam and three weekly flights to Frankfurt. With the addition of Madrid to the network, the total number of Etihad Cargo’s freighter flights to Europe will increase to 11 per week.

Customers will also benefit from additional bellyhold capacity offered as part of the carrier’s summer schedule, which includes the launch of two weekly seasonal flights to Nice. Flights to Athens will increase to 14 per week, with two operating via seasonal destination Mykonos and two via Santorini.

A new route to Antalya will operate with three weekly flights, and flights to Istanbul will increase from ten to 14 per week starting July 22. Additionally, Dublin will see three more flights from July 23, totalling ten per week.

Stanislas Brun, vice president cargo at Etihad Cargo, stated: “Launching Madrid as Etihad Cargo’s latest European freighter destination supports the growing demand for e-commerce flows between Asia and Europe. Madrid’s role as a key fashion hub makes it an essential destination for the carrier’s freighter network.”

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]