New air cargo route from Ecuador to Madrid
One of the world’s biggest air cargo companies has announced it will begin to offer cargo services on a new route as it looks to reach the Latin American market.
Beginning October 26 this year, IAG Cargo, owners of the Iberia air travel company, will be providing cargo services connecting Quito in Ecuador with its Madrid Hub.
The route will be serviced by Iberia's largest aircraft the Airbus A340-600. This has been made possible due to the opening of a new facility in Quito capable of facilitating this large aircraft.
These flights are in addition to the existing Madrid-Quito-Guayaquil-Madrid flights, which will now operate four times a week, rather than the current seven.
Rodrigo Casal, Regional Commercial Manager at IAG Cargo, said: "One of the key differentiators for IAG Cargo is its reach into the Latin American market.
“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 remains resilient in Europe, we are well positioned to support customers with the capacity options they require."
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 at 12:35, arriving in Quito at 18:05. The return legs, meanwhile, will see flights depart Quito at 21:20, arriving at Madrid at 14:05 the following day.
With these direct flights the company aims to provide an important trade link for businesses in, amongst others, the perishable goods sector, with Holland and Spain in particular being important export markets for Ecuadorian goods such as fresh flowers.
Customers will be able to book capacity on the new service via IAG Cargo's online booking portal, www.iagcargo.com.