IAG Cargo is expecting a boost in the new United Kingdom-South Africa winter service with Boeing 777-200 with the rising perishables market of the African country. The cargo service between Cape Town and Gatwick will be in operation thrice every week and adds a service between Madrid and Johannesburg with Airbus 330, because of start Aug 1, as well as the present Johannesburg and Heathrow – Cape Town services.
This new air freight service will be covering the period of winter and will be launched on 24 November.The airline said that the additional capacity will have advantages from the African market’s buoyant perishables. In last one year, IAG Cargo saw volumes of pineapples, avocadoes and mangoes, and floriculture still performing extremely good outside South Africa.
The airline said that the new route to Cape Town makes a total of 27 flights per week coming to South Africa from Madrid and London hubs of IAG by this year’s end, which offers its customers a lift of 440 tonnes every week, into the country.
The Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB) released figures which say that the Mid-East, the United States and the EU have been the major South African importers in the previous year.
The board’s annual report for 2015’s cargo services recorded an optimistic YOY performances in export volume of avocados which had a 26% rise and citrus that saw 2% rise.
In totality, 55% South African subtropical fruit, also including mangoes, avocados, passion fruit and pineapples was sent to the European Union in the previous year.