IAG Cargo has announced that it will offer cargo services on a new Iberia route connecting Quito in Ecuador with its Madrid hub, commencing 26 October 2013. The route will be serviced by Iberia’s largest aircraft the Airbus A340-600. This has been made possible due to the opening of a new facility in Quito capable of facilitating this large aircraft. These flights are in addition to the existing Madrid-Quito-Guayaquil-Madrid flights, which will now operate four times a week, rather than the current seven. Through the IAG Cargo network, customers in Ecuador can connect to 350 destinations worldwide.
On the outward legs, the new flights will depart Madrid on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 12:35, arriving in Quito at 18:05. The return legs, meanwhile, will see flights depart Quito at 21:20, arriving at Madrid at 14:05 the following day. These direct flights will provide an important trade link for businesses in, amongst others, the perishable goods sector, with Holland and Spain in particular, being important export markets for Ecuadorian goods such as fresh flowers.