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Etihad Cargo expanding freighter network with new route to Madrid

Etihad Cargo has announced it is expanding its freighter network with a new route to Madrid.

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Starting on July 15th, Etihad Cargo says it will operate two weekly Boeing 777 freighter flights between Abu Dhabi and Madrid, adding over 200 tonnes of cargo capacity for Europe.

The launch of a twice-weekly freighter service between Abu Dhabi and Madrid will increase the total number of flights to Spain to 25 per week.

The company provides belly capacity via 10 passenger flights to Madrid, 10 to Barcelona and three seasonal flights to Malaga launched as part of the airline’s summer schedule.

In a press release, Etihad Cargo says the expansion highlights the strategic importance of these destinations, particularly Madrid as a key European fashion hub, and aims to boost e-commerce connectivity from Asia to Europe via Etihad Cargo’s Abu Dhabi hub.

The addition of Madrid to the network also means that the total number of Etihad Cargo’s freighter flights to Europe will increase to 11 per week.

Commenting on the announcement, Stanislas Brun, Vice President Cargo at Etihad Cargo, stated:

Launching Madrid as Etihad Cargo’s latest European freighter destination supports the growing demand for e-commerce flows between Asia and Europe. Madrid’s role as a key fashion hub makes it an essential destination for the carrier’s freighter network.”