IAG Cargo resumes traffic to South America

The cargo division of International Airlines Group (IAG) has resumed flights from Madrid to two major cities in South America. The routes will link the company’s facility at Madrid Barajas Airport with Caracas, Venezuela and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, respectively.

IAG has stated clear intentions to expand its network in Latin America, with these two routes being the latest in a series of services to reopen after being closed due to the impact of the pandemic.

In October, IAG announced the return of cargo flights between Barcelona and Santiago de Chile International Airport – a service that resumed this week.

IAG Cargo currently operates over 250 weekly connections between European and Latin American airports, including to and from Mexico and Ecuador, as well as these return destinations.

Flights to Caracas and Rio de Janeiro will begin this month with a frequency of three times a week. The flights will be managed by IAG subsidiary Iberia, with one A350 aircraft from the airline going to Venezuela and one A330-200 model to Brazil.

Rodrigo Casal, Regional Commercial Manager for Latin America at IAG Cargo, said: “The revival of these services will have a major impact on the economy and livelihoods in both Caracas and Rio de Janeiro, as exports of food and perishables play a major role plays in their economy.”

Perishables and local produce are among South America’s largest exports and make up a significant portion of the cargo that IAG will ship to Europe. These include fruits like papayas and mangoes, as well as flowers.

Perishable goods on board aircraft in the IAG network are stored at specific temperatures and are constantly monitored to ensure products maintain maximum shelf life.

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