IAG Cargo increased flights between London Heathrow and Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, India.
This offers the city’s booming pharmaceutical industry additional export capacity.
The number of flights will rise from six to seven a week, with the new daily service starting Oct. 27. The route will also see capacity boosted by 50 percent with the introduction of the larger B777-200, a model with increased cargo capacity of six pallets.
“Today’s announcement is excellent news for businesses in Hyderabad, offering customers more cargo space and schedule flexibility than ever before. Businesses in Hyderabad are always looking for ways to connect their production facilities with markets across the globe,” John Cheetham, regional commercial manager for Asia Pacific and India at IAG Cargo, said. “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 is the only cargo operator to offer daily service to Europe from Hyderabad.
The pharma industry in India is expected to reach US$35.9 billion (26.8 billion euros) by 2016, according to the India Brand Equity Foundation.