IAG Cargo, through its brand Iberia Cargo, is the new freight handling agent for TAM Linhas Aereas S.A.in Spain.
TAM operates daily flights between São Paulo and Madrid using A330s that can carry more than 10,000kgs of freight in their cargo holds. Goods shipped by the Brazilian airline between both cities are now handled by IAG Cargo, through Iberia Cargo terminals at Madrid, as well as Barcelona airports. Cargo traffic from Madrid includes general freight, industrial goods, and parcels, while from São Paulo to Madrid it consists primarily of fruit and other perishable goods.
TAM also has a fleet of trucks that transport cargo between destinations in Spain. And Goods carried by this fleet and arriving at Madrid and Barcelona airports are also handled in the Iberia Cargo freight terminals. IAG Cargo expects to handle some 8,000 tonnes in the next 12 months under the new contract.
Iberia Cargo is already the freight handling agent for Chile’s LAN Airlines S.A, which recently merged with TAM. In 2011, Iberia Cargo handled 14,000 tonnes of freight carried by LAN between Europe and Chile, Ecuador, as well as Peru, while this year it expects to handle some 17,000 tonnes for the Chilean airline.
In addition to its installations in Barcelona and Madrid, Iberia Cargo has its own freight terminals in the Canary Islands (Gran Canaria and Tenerife), Mexico City, Havana, Bogota, and Caracas. It provides freight handling services to 63 companies.