IAM, Ireland’s largest cargo GSSA, is staging a new drive for traffic to Mexico, following the recent signing of an interline agreement between its principal American Airlines (AA) and freighter operator Aerounion.

The interline agreement means AA can now offer capacity to both Mexico City and Guadalajara on its daily wide-body services from Dublin and Shannon, connecting with the twice-daily A300 freighters in Los Angeles.

The new services overcome previously limited capacity out of Los Angeles, and enable AA to compete for Mexico shipments with European carriers who have to truck eastwards back to their hubs, before flying west.

Says IAM’s MD Ian McCool: ‘We have not pushed for Mexico business in the past, because of the risk of backlogs and offloads. AA has an excellent reputation which we do not want to compromise, by accepting business we cannot handle.

‘But the gloves are off now: with this new freighter connection, we can accept large shipments, regular volume traffic and large pieces with total confidence.’

The new Mexico services are being promoted to Irish freight agents with special introductory rates.

IAM is Ireland’s largest cargo GSSA company, representing 11 leading airlines and controlling 20% of the entire Irish export airfreight market. It forms the core of an expanding group which now includes cargo handling, air cargo road transportation and aviation training activities. IAM is the exclusive Irish member of EGSAC ’ the consortium of independent cargo GSSA companies, and Europe’s largest cargo GSSA network.