IAG Cargo has today announced a new direct cargo route from Madrid, Spain to Dakar the capital of Senegal, as the company responds to increasing demand for the transportation of goods to West Africa.
The new service will strengthen IAG Cargo’s existing presence in West Africa, with the company now servicing over 25 weekly flights to the region in total, which already includes flights to Accra, Ghana as well as Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria from London-Heathrow.
Freddie Overton, Regional Commercial Manager for Europe and Africa at IAG Cargo said, “This is an exciting new route for IAG Cargo that will benefit many businesses across Europe and West Africa. We know that our customers have been interested in expanding their reach into West Africa and it’s exciting to be making this happen and expanding into a new market.”
Flights along the Madrid-Dakar route are running five times a week utilising an Iberia Airbus A330 and A350 wide-body aircraft with an approximate capacity of 20 and 30 tonnes per flight.
This direct route will facilitate the importation of electronics and pharmaceuticals into Dakar.
IAG Cargo’s extensive global network will allow customers in Senegal to transport perishables goods such as green beans, mangos, melons, and fish to key markets in the US and Asia Pacific among others as quickly as possible via Madrid.
Additionally, customers have the opportunity to Charter any aircraft in the fleet to almost any destination in the world, this service is alongside the company’s extensive program of scheduled and cargo-only flights.
By Victor Shalton Odhiambo