IAG Cargo is increasing services to West Africa with five flights a week between Madrid and Dakar.

Services to the capital of Senegal will be operated by Iberia using Airbus A330s and A350s, providing between 20 and 30 tonnes of cargo capacity per flight.

Imports to Dakar will include electronics and pharmaceuticals, with perishables including green beans, mangos, melons and fish being exported to global markets such as the US and Asia Pacific via Madrid.

IAG Cargo operates 25 flights a week to the region with services to Accra in Ghana, and Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria from London Heathrow.

Freddie Overton, Regional Commercial Manager for Europe and Africa at IAG Cargo says: “We know that our customers have been interested in expanding their reach into West Africa and it’s exciting to be making this happen and expanding into a new market.”