IAG Cargo, created from the merger of British Airways World Cargo and Iberia Cargo, will offer cargo services on a new Iberia route connecting Quito, Ecuador, with its Madrid, Spain, hub, starting Oct. 26.
The route will employ Iberia’s largest aircraft, the Airbus A340-600. Its use was made possible by the opening of a new facility in Quito capable of handling the plane.
The new flights are in addition to existing service connecting Madrid with Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador, which will now operate four times a week, rather than the current seven.
The new flights will provide a trade link for businesses in the perishable goods sector in particular, with Holland and Spain specifically being targeted as export markets for Ecuadorian goods, such as fresh flowers, according to IAG Cargo.
“Today’s announcement highlights our commitment to providing businesses with rapid freight solutions on this crucial route,” said Rodrigo Casal, regional commercial manager for Latin America at IAG Cargo, in a written statement. “As demand for perishables from LATAM remains resilient in Europe, we are well positioned to support customers with the capacity options they require.”