IAG Cargo will start a new direct belly service between London’s Heathrow Airport and Durban’s King Shaka International Airport from 29 October this year adding 90 tonnes of capacity a week into South Africa.
The British Airways Boeing 787-8 route has been introduced to meet the demands of South Africa’s manufacturing sector and it will give customers access to up to 15 tonnes of lift per flight.
The new service will bolster IAG Cargo’s proposition in the region, adding to the 300 weekly belly flights into and out of Africa and the Middle East and further connecting Durban to IAG Cargo’s network of over 350 destinations.
It will also provide crucial support to South Africas’s manufacturing sector, which now accounts for more than eight per cent of the country’s export volume.
The new service will be the only non-stop link between London and Durban. Scheduled services will operate on Monday, Thursday and Saturdays from Heathrow, with return flights on Tuesday, Friday and Sundays.
IAG Cargo director of sales, marketing and products, Camilio Garcia said: “IAG Cargo has a flexible network investment strategy where we respond as quickly as possible to customer demand. Our latest service underlines our commitment to giving our customers the capacity and routes they need, and further highlights the strength of our industry-leading proposition to the African market.”