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. As well as providing a solution for the importation of much needed pharmaceutical and medical goods, these routes are 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 said:“ The return of these additional services is another positive development and means we are now flying to all the keydestinations 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, which ensures goods arrive at their destination in pristine condition.