EUROPE & CIS: Iberia launches Madrid-Brussels freighter

Spanish airline Iberia, now part of the International Airline Group with British Airways, has launched a new B737 freighter service between Madrid and Brussels as it seeks to improve its perishables service on the route and provide better connections to Latin America. The direct flight, which started 1 June, will bring a closer connection between […]


Spanish airline Iberia, now part of the International Airline Group with British Airways, has launched a new B737 freighter service between Madrid and Brussels as it seeks to improve its perishables service on the route and provide better connections to Latin America. The direct flight, which started 1 June, will bring a closer connection between the major perishables gateway at Madrid Barajas Airport and the road and rail links to Northern Europe at Brussels Airport. Adelantex, a perishables handing specialist at Brussels, said the all-cargo flight will link to Iberia’s connections out of South America. Iberia recently said it would spent US$140 million to build a cargo terminal at the Madrid airport to focus on Latin American trade. “This gateway will create possibilities as Latin-America is one of the leading continents exporting perishables into Europe,” says Frank Van Gelder, general manager at Adelantex. Cargo traffic at Brussels Airport grew six per cent last year after a steep decline in recent years, but volume fell 12.2 per cent year-over-year in March. Madrid’s air cargo was up 23.3 per cent last year with Iberia carrying nearly half the cargo that moves through the airport.