IAG Cargo will launch a thrice-weekly Airbus 340-600 route between Quito and Iberia's Madrid hub on Oct. 26.
The carrier already flies a Madrid-Quito-Guayaquil-Madrid routing, but a new facility in Madrid that recently opened will allow it to fly the large A340 into the airport. The current routing will switch from seven times a week to a four-times-a-week service.
IAG officials expect perishable goods, such as Ecuadorian flower exports, to be the main cargo on the flights.
“One of the key differentiators for IAG Cargo is its reach into the Latin American market," IAG's Rodrigo Casal said in a statement. "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 from LATAM remains resilient in Europe, we are well positioned to support customers with the capacity options they require.” - Jon Ross