IAG Cargo arrange €1.5 million perishables upgrade at MAD

In total, €12 million have been invested in IAG Cargo’s Spanish hub over the past 6 years. The latest €1.5 million of those have gone into an expanded perishables facility at Madrid (MAD) Airport, including state-of-the-art cool chambers – the largest at Madrid airport, in fact. They ensure even more reliable and efficient cold chain operations, and temperatures are monitored 24/7. The hub can now cope with increasing volumes of fruit, vegetables, meat, and fish, travelling between Latin America and Europe. Already the hub sees much asparagus coming in from Peru and Los Angeles, papayas from Brazil, mangos from Dominican Republic, meat from Argentina and Uruguay, and hake, salmon, and other fish from Chile. All these products touch EU soil for the first time as, according to the press release, the Madrid hub is the first point of entry into the EU for perishables, thanks to the many IAG Cargo connections from Latin America. The new perishables extension brings the facility’s total capacity to 1,340 m² – in increase of 45%.

State-of-the-art cooling chambers to keep things fresh in MAD. Image: IAG Cargo

Fernando Terol Armas, Director of Spanish Hub and Operations at IAG Cargo, commented: “We are thrilled to announce this latest investment in our Madrid facility, which further demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest quality service to our customers. With the expansion of our temperature-controlled space and state-of-the-art cooling chambers, we can now offer even greater capacity for perishable goods, ensuring their integrity is maintained throughout the supply chain. This investment will enable us to continue to serve as a vital link between Latin America and Europe, and we look forward to supporting our customers’ growth in this region.”

Ramon Rey, International Director of Eurobanan (includes Isla Bonita fruits), stated: “We are delighted by the additional capacity IAG Cargo has created at their perishables facility in Madrid. This development will allow us to continue delivering premium quality fruits and vegetables to consumers across Spain year-round. With enhanced logistics, IAG Cargo enables us to ensure that freshness is never compromised.”

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