IAG Cargo’s new multi-million euro Constant Climate centre opens in Madrid
Feb 26, 2019: International Airlines Group (IAG) Cargo has opened new Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certified pharmaceutical facility in Madrid.
The centre, dedicated to its Constant Climate product for transporting time and temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products, is the latest addition to IAG Cargo's Madrid hub, which handles over 250,000 tonnes of cargo per year.
Work on the new facility that features two dedicated temperature-controlled chambers began in June 2018.
The facility will allow IAG Cargo to increase the volumes of temperature sensitive pharmaceutical products passing through its Madrid hub, primarily serving the growing Latin American pharmaceuticals market, projected to increase by 9 percent per year until 2028.
The new centre is operated by an expert team, with shipments loaded onto dedicated airside docks and served by a specialist fleet of refrigerated trucks in order to protect the pharmaceuticals from the cargo terminal to loading onto aircraft.
Trusted by the world's largest pharmaceutical manufacturers, the service is managed via a dedicated team who handle bookings, advise on packaging solutions and ensure shipments meet the strictest of regulatory standards.
Camilo Garcia, director of Sales, Marketing and Products at IAG Cargo said: 'The opening of this new Constant Climate centre reflects our continued investment in our infrastructure and operations. Constant Climate was the first pharma-only product to the market and last year we shipped over 25,000 tonnes of life-saving medicines and vaccines.
'Good Distribution Practice (GDP) is a critical focus for our Constant Climate product as it ensures delivery of medicine to the end-patient in a pure, potent and stable condition. All of our staff involved in the handling of Constant Climate shipments are GDP trained and the certification of the Madrid facility means that all three of our Constant Climate hubs - London, Dublin and Madrid - are GDP certified, driving quality across our network.'