Andrew Crawley, currently British Airways’ chief commercial officer, is to become chief executive of IAG Cargo from January 2016.
Widely known as ‘Drew’, he will report into IAG chief executive Willie Walsh and become a member of the IAG Group’s management committee. Crawley will replace Steve Gunning, who is leaving IAG Cargo in January to become British Airways’ chief financial officer, as announced in November.
Adam Daniels will become British Airways’ acting chief commercial officer. He is currently the airline’s head of global revenue.
Lynne Embleton, British Airways director of strategy and managing director Gatwick, will replace Andrew Crawley on the British Airways board.
IAG Cargo is also opening up three new Latin American routes: London Gatwick to San Jose, Costa Rica and Lima, Peru. It will also operate flights from Madrid to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Flights from Madrid to Puerto Rico will be launched on 15th May 2016, will operate three times a week and will be serviced by an Iberia Airbus A330-200 with a cargo payload of up to 15 tonnes per week.
From 27th April 2016 flights will depart twice a week from Gatwick to San Jose, and from 4th May 2016 flights from Gatwick to Lima will be available. Gatwick flights will be serviced by British Airways B777-200ER – with a maximum cargo payload of 18 tonnes.
Direct flights from Gatwick to Costa Rica and Peru will be available from summer 2016.
“These new flights will give customers more capacity, flexibility and choice when it comes to shipping goods to Latin America,” said Rodrigo Casal, regional commercial manager Latin America at IAG Cargo.
“In May 2016, IAG Cargo will now offer customers a weekly lift of up to 2,700 tonnes into Latin America. There has been no direct air-link between the UK and Lima since 1982 and with our ability to offer direct flights from our two European hubs, we now offer unrivalled flexibility for businesses looking to connect with Peru, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico.”
IAG expects the flights to be ‘particularly beneficial to pharmaceutical shippers,’ saying: “Latin America is an important high-growth market for this trade.”
Sources: Lloyd's Loading List & Logistics Manager