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IAG Cargo to expand into Sri Lanka

By Hpanchal on April 3, 2013

IAG Cargo will offer full-range cargo services on its new passenger flights out of Colombo, Sri Lanka beginning April 15.

The new route, which includes a stopover in the Maldives, will be operated three times a week with a Boeing 777.

IAG is returning to Sri Lanka after a 15-year absence and hopes that by opening trade routes to the world, it can better support business in the region.

“We have always had a strong bond with the Sri Lankan market, and our announcement to return to the country has been met with excitement and warmth that is symbolic of the country,” Pravin Singh, area commercial manager South Asia at IAG Cargo, said. “Our flights will provide the much needed direct lift into the United Kingdom with quick access to our vast network via our bespoke product portfolio."

Sri Lanka is an important center of manufacturing for goods including high-end retail, produce and rubber. Business in the country will now have complete access to the entire IAG Cargo product portfolio, enabling the quick transit of a wide range of commodities.

The new flights will build on IAG Cargo's existing cargo operations in Sri Lanka.