Inditex ramps up Asia operations

Inditex SA’s main import and export airport hub in Spain is ramping-up as business in Asia picks up, following restrictions due to COVID-19 earlier in the year. The pick-up in traffic in Zara offers a window into the notably tight-lipped company’s operations, notably in the Eastern Asian market. The retailer uses the airport as a base to import textile products and export apparel. Under Inditex’s unique distribution model, the vast majority of its apparel manufactured outside Spain has to be sent to the country and then exported to stores around the world.

The company has been able to continue certain operations in Spain in spite of a government order to place non-essential economic activity on standstill. With the slowdown in Spain and other countries, Inditex has re-assigned the majority of its space in the airport as a base of imports of medical goods.

The Zaragoza airport is one of Spain’s three largest cargo airports, and had the second highest cargo traffic in February, before the Coronavirus crisis hit the country in full.