LATAM Cargo is continuing to expand in Europe with new routes to Lisbon and Munich, in addition to connecting northern Chile with Miami.
The flights from Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport to Lisbon will begin in September, and the first half of 2019 in the case of Munich, which is still subject to regulatory approval.
LATAM Group will offer five weekly flights between Lisbon and Guarulhos carrying products from the Iberian Peninsula and the surrounding area to South America in the belly of passenger aircraft.
The Munich flights will increase connectivity with the industrial centres of southern Germany, especially the automotive industry, and once approved it will be the second German city and ninth in Europe with direct services to South America.
LATAM commercial director for USA, Europe and Asia, Gabriel Oliva says: “Maintaining our leadership position in the air cargo market to, from and within Latin America requires being in permanent evolution in order to satisfy our customers’ needs. Accordingly, we are constantly pondering new alternatives to offer premium service, including a reduction of the enroute time of our customers’ cargo.”
LATAM Cargo is boosting connectivity with Chile’s northern region with two weekly flights from Miami to Antofagasta and from Antofagasta to Santiago, using a Boeing 767 Freighter with 50 tonnes of cargo capacity.
Mining is very important to Chile’s northern region and unmet demand led the company to consider new routes to decrease delivery times.
Oliva says: “A direct Miami-Antofagasta and Antofagasta-Santiago link gives us the opportunity to satisfy our customers’ requirements, integrating it to the existing LATAM Cargo network of over 150 destinations. With this new route, we will further contribute to the economic development of the region.”
The city of Iquique, located 400 kilometres north of Antofagasta is expected to benefit as it has a customs-free zone that needs a steady supply of offshore products, so connections with Miami will allow it to stock merchandise quicker than before.
Oliva says: “We are the air cargo company with the best connectivity between Latin America and the world, and we will continue developing our network to satisfy the needs of our customers.”