IAG Cargo targets Latin America with new flights

By Damian Brett

IAG Cargo's Acentis building at London-Heathrow

IAG Cargo is continuing to target Latin American demand with new routes and increased frequencies to the region.

The cargo arm of Iberia and British Airways said that it has started a new route to Guayaquil, increased frequencies to São Paulo and Mexico City, and plans to restart regular flights to San Juan.

The new Madrid-Guayaquil route was launched in May and includes three weekly flights with an Airbus A330-200. It will target the perishables sector, with the Netherlands and Spain important export markets for key Ecuadorian goods like flowers.

To São Paulo, the company will offer daily services from Madrid operated with the A330-300 and a four-weekly rotation on a Boeing 787 or 777 from London Heathrow.

“The routes facilitate the transportation of tropical fruits, automotive and manufacturing parts to Europe and the UK, and electronics, pharmaceuticals and medical goods into Brazil,” it said.

Its expanded Mexico City operations started on June 4, offering 10 weekly flights from Madrid, with two daily frequencies on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday serviced by the A350

“This key connection regularly carries automotive parts and perishables, medical products to support the fight against Covid-19 such as oximeters and vials for the vaccine, with additional automotive parts, PPE and machinery transported into Mexico,” IAG Cargo explained.

Flights from Madrid to San Juan will restart in July.

Rodrigo Casal, regional commercial manager for Latin America at IAG Cargo, said: These extra services represent a unique opportunity for business in the region and we are excited to support the perishable industry further and offering more capacity for the automotive sector.”

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