London's IAG Cargo has announced the extension of its small freight collection service, Cargo Connector, available Tuesdays to Saturdays to forwarders moving less than 200 kilos through Atlanta and Dallas airports.
Cargo Connector is available in five US airports, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago as well London Heathrow. Drivers arrive in IAG Cargo-liveried vans, and in addition to collecting freight, are able to process additional cargo bookings on the spot.
Forwarders in these cities can opt to have IAG Cargo collected from their premises at no additional cost, with freight screening arranged as required, said the IAG Cargo statement.
"The service benefits forwarders by allowing them to book cargo at short notice, as well as removing the need for them to pay for their own driver and truck, which can prove costly during busy periods," said IAG Cargo.
Said IAG Cargo North America manager Joe LeBeau: "The Cargo Connector service is proving to be a huge success. It helps increase our share of the low weight cargo market while providing customers with a service that adds real value to their businesses."
IAG Cargo is the single business created following the merger of British Airways World Cargo and Iberia Cargo in April 2011. In 2012 the operations of British Airways World Cargo and Iberia Cargo had revenues of EUR1.2 billion (US$1.6 billion) and a workforce of 2,700 covering 350 destinations, according to the Shipping Gazette.