IAG Cargo expands capacity into Middle East

IAG Cargo has announced plans to enhance its operations in the Middle East. From winter 2016, the carrier is expected to separate its current Abu Dhabi and Muscat service into two flights, and also split its Bahrain and Doha service. These four separate services are planned to allow customers to benefit from 83% additional capacity for the region.

It is expected that the next generation B787-9 will serve the Abu Dhabi route offering a number of benefits to businesses. These include a larger hold and an air conditioning system, which is expected to maintain a regular hold temperature to within one degree’s accuracy. A 777-200 is due to serve the Bahrain, Doha and Muscat routes, offering customers a cargo payload of up to 20 tonnes per flight.

Flights to Muscat are due to operate five times a week, while services to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Doha are planned to operate on a daily basis.

Camilo Garcia, Head of Sales, at IAG Cargo commented, “With Bahrain making significant efforts to diversify its economy, and Doha benefitting from investments ahead of the 2022 football world cup, this network expansion comes at a time of growing demand into and out of Middle Eastern markets.” Adding, “The additional capacity to Bahrain, Doha, Abu Dhabi and Muscat will be welcomed by our customers, offering them greater opportunity and flexibility to connect to over 350 destinations across our network.”

Source: IAG Cargo