IAG Cargo opens new pharmaceutical centre in Madrid

posted on 26th February 2019 by Justin Burns

IAG Cargo has opened a brand new multi-million Euro pharmaceutical centre in Madrid dedicated to its Constant Climate product for transporting time and temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products.

Work on the new facility began in June 2018 and is the latest addition to IAG Cargo’s Madrid hub, which handles over 250,000 tonnes of cargo per year. Madrid is the hub of IAG carrier Iberia.

With two dedicated temperature-controlled chambers totaling over 900m2, the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certified facility will allow IAG Cargo to increase the volumes of temperature sensitive pharmaceutical products passing through its Madrid hub, primarily serving the growing Latin American pharmaceuticals market, projected to increase by nine per cent a year until 2028.

The new centre is operated by a specialist 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.

Constant Climate is IAG Cargo’s state-of-the-art cold chain product, specially designed for precision management of time and temperature sensitive pharmaceutical products.

The service is managed via a dedicated team who handle bookings, advise on packaging solutions and ensure shipments meet the strictest of regulatory standards.

IAG Cargo director of sales, marketing and products, Camilo Garcia said: “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.”