Etihad Cargo Expands Cargo Capacity into Spain
Etihad Cargo recently announced an expansion of their cargo capacity into Spain, this is a result of the launch of a new Etihad Airways passenger service to Barcelona. The extra capacity will provide freight forwarders and cargo customer’s greater access to their global network along key trade routes connecting Europe to the Middle East, Africa and Asia via their Abu Dhabi hub.
The new scheduled flights connecting Abu Dhabi and Barcelona began operating on November 28th 2018. The Etihad Cargo Madrid service launched in 2015 and with the new addition of Barcelona, the air cargo carrier can now offer 28 tons cargo capacity out of Spain via the belly hold of their 787 and A330 aircraft each day.
Managing Director Cargo and Logistics for Etihad Airways, Abdulla Mohamed Shadid said, “Spain is an important global trade market with high demand for both import and export capabilities to key destinations across the Middle East and Asia. Expanding our capacity into the market with the addition of services to Barcelona enhances our network with an even greater focus on key global trade routes.”
Mr. Shadid further added, “The growing commercial and cultural links between the UAE and Spain are an opportunity to increase trade and Etihad is honored to play a pivotal role in facilitating and enhancing its growth.”
Etihad Cargo began operating in Spain as on off-line carrier, sending shipments to Amsterdam and Paris via truck to feed into their network. The first passenger flight landed on 30th March 2015 and Etihad Cargo has since provided daily services to key destinations across the GCC, Africa, Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and Australia.
The addition of the new Barcelona service will add to this with an initial schedule of five times each week which is set to increase to a daily service on 31st March 2019.