IAG Cargo, the cargo division of International Airlines Group has announced a return of its direct service from London-Heathrow to Rio de Janeiro. The route was paused throughout the majority of the past 20 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The services to Rio de Janeiro officially restarted on 01 December and will now run four times per week, by a B787 wide-body aircraft. IAG Cargo also services Sao Paulo with a daily service from its Madrid hub, and four times a week from London-Heathrow.
The London-Heathrow – Rio de Janeiro service is also significant for the export of perishable products across the world, including popular tropical fruits such as papayas and melons. According to The Brazilian Fruit Exporters’ Association (Abrafrutas) in 2020, the UK ranked as the world’s second-largest importer of fresh fruits from Brazil, after the Netherlands. These perishable goods can be moved seamlessly using IAG Cargo’s specialized product for perishable goods, its Constant Fresh service.