June 04, 2014:
Global businesses are set to benefit as Montevideo in Uruguay and Santa Domingo in the Dominican Republic are added to IAG Cargo's worldwide network, which comprises more than 350 destinations in total. Flights to the two new cities will start on 1st September and will build on the strength of the IAG Cargo network in Latin America, which will grow to 16 destinations.
The new routes will be served from IAG Cargo's hub in Madrid by Iberia Airbus A330 and A340-300 aircraft. Each flight will deliver between 9.4 and 12.7 tonnes of capacity on the Madrid – Santo Domingo route, and between 6.5 and 11.7 tonnes of capacity on the Madrid – Montevideo route.
Rodrigo Casal, Vice President LATAM at IAG Cargo, commented: "One of IAG Cargo's key differentiators is our ability to connect global businesses with key markets in Latin America. These new routes will build on this strength and provide important trade connections that will help support global economic growth. We see this service being particularly important for perishables producers looking to supply European countries and Asian manufacturers looking for routes into Latin America; drawing on our operational excellence to deliver on their requirements."
The new routes will be operated five times a week in the case of Santo Domingo and four times a week for Montevideo. The services will provide support to businesses in a variety of sectors, but in particular perishables such as meat, fruits and vegetables; as well as leather goods, which form the bulk of shipments from Santo Domingo and Montevideo, respectively.