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IAG Cargo to offer Quito-Madrid flight

By Hpanchal on August 13, 2013

IAG Cargo announced Tuesday that it will offer cargo services on a new Iberia route connecting Quito with its Madrid hub.

Iberia's largest aircraft, the Airbus A340-600, will service the route, which will begin Oct. 26. This has been made possible due to the opening of a new facility in Quito capable of handling large aircraft.

This route is in addition to the existing Madrid-Quito-Guayaquil-Madrid flights, which will now operate four times a week instead of seven. Through the IAG Cargo network, customers in Ecuador can connect to 350 destinations worldwide.

On the outward legs, the new flights will depart Madrid on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. These direct flights will provide an important trade link for businesses, including in the perishables sector, with the Netherlands and Spain in particular acting as important export markets for Ecuadorian goods such as flowers.

"One of the key differentiators for IAG Cargo is its reach into the Latin American market,” Rodrigo Casal, regional commercial manager for LATAM at IAG Cargo, said. “In fact, we offer more flights from Europe to Latin America than any other airline. Today's announcement highlights our commitment to providing businesses with rapid freight solutions on this crucial route. As demand for perishables from LATAM remains resilient in Europe, we are well positioned to support customers with the capacity options they require."