IAG Cargo aims to boost volumes with bellyhold on Ghana and South Africa flights

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IAG Cargo expects to soon benefit from additional bellyhold capacity between the UK, Ghana and South Africa, to support global trade for the perishables, pharmaceutical and electronics industries.

Air cargo customers will be able to send shipments on a new British Airways route beginning October 29 between London Gatwick (LGW) and Accra (ACC). Three services per week will be added to the present daily service between London Heathrow (LHR) and the Ghanaian capital.

IAG Cargo will also resume pre-pandemic levels of services to South Africa, with 31 weekly British Airways flights from London and expanded capacity on the London Heathrow-Cape Town route with the replacement of the present Boeing 777-200 with an Airbus A350 and 777-300.

The increased frequency of services to Ghana will help meet the growing demand of perishables out of the country, while the switch to an A350 and 777-300 widebody aircraft operating between London and Cape Town will offer more than double the current cargo capacity. 

Camilo Garcia Cervera, chief sales and marketing officer at IAG Cargo, said: “We are not only improving connectivity to better connect Africa with strategic markets such as Europe and the US, but we are also supporting international trade and driving economic growth by meeting the growing global demand for fresh produce from these regions.”

“The additional capacity will be especially welcomed by exporters seeking to serve consumer and UK retailer demand for perishable goods such as tropical fruits,” added IAG Cargo.

Every year, IAG Cargo flies around 25,000 tonnes of perishables out of Africa through IAG Cargo’s Constant Fresh service.

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Rebecca Jeffrey
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