IAG Cargo has plans to increase flights between London Heathrow Airport and Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, in order to cater to the city’s booming pharmaceutical industry.
The number of flights will rise from six to seven a week, with the new daily service starting on Oct. 27. The route will also see capacity increased by 50 percent with the introduction of the larger Boeing 777-200, a model with cargo capacity of six pallets, up from the current four. IAG Cargo, the freight business of British Airways and Iberia, will offer its Constant Climate service, a temperature-controlled product designed for the transport of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical material.
“Businesses in Hyderabad are always looking for ways to connect their production facilities with markets across the globe,” said John Cheetham, regional commercial manager for Asia-Pacific and India at IAG Cargo, in a written statement. “With over 350 destinations on our network, this is the first step in providing consistent year-round coverage for this key market and offering our customers the level of connectivity they require, helping to fuel India’s pharma boom.”
IAG Cargo also recently announced plans for increased flights between London Heathrow and destinations in the Middle East and Africa, including Tel Aviv, Israel; Accra, Ghana; and Entebbe, Uganda. The additional service is slated to start in early 2014.
Tony Snell, regional commercial manager for the Middle East and Africa at IAG Cargo, said: “The Middle East and Africa is a key market for IAG Cargo, especially when it comes to the movement of perishables, such as fresh fruit and vegetables. With additional frequencies to and from these three strategic countries, we will be well placed to take advantage of growing trade in the region, offering customers the specialist products they need for large volumes of perishables.”