IAG Cargo opens its new multi-million Euro pharmaceutical centre in Madrid dedicated to its Constant Climate product for time and temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products.
The new centre enables IAG Cargo to increase the volumes of pharma products passing through its Madrid hub, primarily serving the growing Latin American pharma market which is projected to increase by 9.0 per cent per year until 2028.
Work on the new facility began in June 2018 and is the latest addition to IAG Cargo’s Madrid hub – the home hub of IAG carrier Iberia – which handles over 250,000 tonnes of cargo per year.
The facility includes two dedicated temperature-controlled storage areas totalling over 900 m2 and is Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certified.
The new centre is operated by an expert team, with shipments loaded onto dedicated airside docks and served by a specialist fleet of refrigerated trucks in order to protect the pharmaceuticals from the cargo terminal to loading onto aircraft.
Camilo Garcia, director of Sales, Marketing and Products at IAG Cargo, says: “The opening of this new Constant Climate centre reflects our continued investment in our infrastructure and operations. Constant Climate was the first pharma-only product to the market and last year we shipped over 25,000 tonnes of life-saving medicines and vaccines.
“Good Distribution Practice (GDP) is a critical focus for our Constant Climate product as it ensures delivery of medicine to the end-patient in a pure, potent and stable condition. All of our staff involved in the handling of Constant Climate shipments are GDP trained and the certification of the Madrid facility means that all three of our Constant Climate hubs – London, Dublin and Madrid – are GDP certified, driving quality across our network,” Garcia adds.