IAG Cargo continues to expand its network and re-open more routes with a return to five key African cities from London Heathrow.
The UK-based carrier group has now restarted regular services to Lagos, Cairo, Cape Town, Abuja and Accra, “as the business continues to support global trade via its extensive worldwide network,” it says.
IAG also notes the return of services using wide-bodied aircraft will help support global trade for the perishables, pharmaceutical and electronics industries.
IAG Cargo has been serving cities in Africa throughout the summer, with daily services to Johannesburg and four weekly flights to Nairobi. The services to Lagos, Cairo, Cape Town, Abuja and Accra were paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but have now returned, providing daily cargo services using wide-body B777 and B787 aircraft to and from London Heathrow.
“The announcement marks an important step in the continued development of trade between these countries’ cities and the rest of the world via London Heathrow, a global aviation hub,” IAG says.
The service resumption is important for the importation of much needed pharmaceutical and medical goods. They are also a vital link for IAG Cargo customers who regularly export products such as automotive, electronics and machinery, in addition to high demand perishables from Africa to the rest of the world.
Darren Peek, regional commercial manager for Europe and Africa says: “ The return of these additional services is another positive development and means we are now flying to all the key destinations in continental Africa we served prior to the Covid crisis, further supporting our customers in the region to stay connected with their trading partners across the world.”
The return of flights into these key routes will be especially welcomed by exporters seeking to serve consumer and UK retailer demand for perishable goods such as tropical fruits. Every year, IAG Cargo flies around 25,000 tonnes of perishables out of Africa through IAG Cargo’s Constant Fresh product.
IAG Cargo is the single business created following the merger of British Airways World Cargo and Iberia Cargo in April 2011. The group consists of five airlines – British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, Vueling, and Level, providing IAG Cargo with a global network of over 350 destinations.