IAG Cargo has announced that it is set to build a new premium freight facility at its London Heathrow Hub. The new building will be twice the size of IAG Cargo’s existing Premia facility and has been designed around the modern demands of premium airfreight. With a larger dedicated Constant Climate Quality Centre for pharmaceuticals; new delivery and collection doors and an advanced warehouse management system that will prioritise freight. The facility is designed to support the future demands of international premium trade. Set to become operational in 2018, the building will operate alongside IAG Cargo’s existing Premia facility.
The new building will manage the flow-through of all express Prioritise shipments and passive Constant Climate shipments.
Drew Crawley, CEO of IAG Cargo said
"IAG Cargo’s four airlines now carry more premium freight than at any point in their combined history. With the continued growth of high speed e-commerce and cool chain logistics in particular , as well as the ongoing expansion of the IAG family and network, we need facilities that are ready for the next generation of premium freight.
"We believe that the blend of our next generation aircraft, new freight facilities such as this one and our expanding network means that IAG Cargo is extremely well positioned in the market to meet the current and future premium freight demands of all our customers. Our new premium warehouse will be built away from existing Premia, leaving our current operation and customer service unaffected”.
Sarah Coulson, Head of Strategy and Business Development at IAG Cargo said:
"Over the past few years we have continued to see year on year growth in premium freight. Our commitment to consistently deliver a high level of service to our customers has undoubtedly influenced our strong performance in this market. We want to continue our growth and performance in this sector and our new facility will help deliver this".
IAG is in the midst of a major fleet renewal programme, which is opening up new route opportunities and providing greater capacity on key trade lanes. The new facility will be designed to accommodate this growth, offering optimised handling capabilities and an enhanced premium proposition.