IAG Cargo highlights continued pharma efforts in Madrid

By Rachelle Harry

IAG Cargo has marked the two-year anniversary of its pharma hub in Madrid.

The GDP-certified Madrid Centre has stored and distributed more than 20,000 consignments of pharma cargo using IAG Cargo’s Constant Climate service since its opening in 2019.

Additionally, it has recently been involved with the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines — to the Canary and Balearic Islands, Dominican Republic and El Salvador — on Iberia flights.

The Madrid Centre has two dedicated temperature-controlled chambers that cover an area of more than 900 sq m.

Served by a fleet of refrigerated trucks, it is also connected to a network of 100 global pharma stations that are staffed by specially trained IAG Cargo and Iberia teams.

The Madrid Centre predominantly serves markets in Latin America, North America and Europe.

IAG Cargo’s other GDP-certified pharma hubs are based in London and Dublin.

Fernando Terol Armas, director of Spanish hub and operations at IAG Cargo, commented: “The opening of our pharmaceutical centre in Madrid was a landmark moment for IAG Cargo — supporting our world-leading Constant Climate product.

“The decision to invest in this state-of-the-art facility reflects our long-term commitment to drive quality across our network, whilst increasing capacity for our customers who rely on us to transport pharma and life-saving medicines across the world every day.

“Our Madrid pharma facility is the largest in Southern Europe and with its strategic location it will continue to play a key part in the global roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines alongside our two other GDP certified hubs in Dublin and London Heathrow.”

Mª Jesús López Solás, commercial director of Iberia, added: “In the past two years Iberia and IAG Cargo have achieved much together, delivering life-saving vaccines and medicines via IAG Cargo’s specialist pharmaceutical centre in Madrid.

“Iberia provides a network of flights, connecting Southern Europe with the rest of the world, whilst IAG Cargo provides the cargo expertise to ensure these delicate temperature-sensitive products are expertly handled.”

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