Iberia expands cargo capacity with new routes
Spanish flag carrier Iberia launched two new freight routes this month to address the growing demand for cargo services. These new routes will increase Iberia’s annual freight capacity to 60,000 tonnes, a 21 percent jump.
Iberia will operate twice-weekly flights between its Madrid hub and Brussels. The Spanish carrier will also extend its service to West Africa by flying to the capital of Mauritania, Nouakchott, once a week.
Although Iberia already served Gran Canaria — the most populated island of the Canary Islands, which is located 93 miles off the northwestern coast of Africa —the carrier saw greater opportunity in this region. It plans to take advantage of the booming seafood market by transporting 400 tonnes of cargo — with a majority of it being fresh fish — this year.
The Madrid-Brussels route, on the other hand, is the result of a contract between Adelantex and Iberia Cargo for the importation of perishables. Iberia anticipates that the majority of these goods will be fruits and vegetables from Latin America.
The cargo flights will be performed on Boeing 737Fs.