Air, Freight News

IAG goes back to Cuba and expands Colombia routes

[ March 20, 2015   //   ]

IAG Cargo – the joint venture airline between British Airways and Iberia – is launching a new route to Colombia and reopening its route into Cuba this summer. The new services will link Iberia’s Madrid hub with Cali and Medellín in Colombia and Havana in Cuba, bringing the total of IAG Cargo gateways in Latin America to 19. IAG Cargo is also increasing the number of flights it offers to and from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic from five flights a week to daily from 1 April.

The Havana service starts on 1 June and will operate on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

The new Colombian route will operate as triangular flights between Madrid, Medellin, Cali and Madrid from 3 July on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Both routes will be serviced by Airbus A330s and the flights are timed for good connections at Iberia’s T4 hub.

IAG chief executive Steve Gunning said that Latin America is fast emerging as one an important international trade centre. IAG Cargo expects to see good export flows of flowers and fruits from Cali and Medellín and imports including books and clothes.

Cuba’s famous tobacco products, meanwhile, are expected to be amongst the main exports out of Havana, while imports should comprise perishables and mechanical goods.  Havana is also an important stopover for the transhipment of goods including flowers, fruits and textiles.