Mexican freighter carrier AeroUnion began service at Miami International Airport (MIA) on 2 December with two weekly round-trip flights that will serve a triangular route between Mexico City, Mérida and Miami.
AeroUnion will operate an Airbus A300 Freighter or Boeing 767-200 Freighter aircraft on the new route.
Miami-Dade County Mayor, Carlos A. Gimenez says: “We proudly welcome AeroUnion and its new cargo service to Miami-Dade County. MIA is to be commended for continually attracting a steady stream of passenger and cargo airlines to our community from around the world.”
AeroUnion is the fourth all-cargo carrier to begin service at MIA this year. Most recently, US freighter airline Northern Air Cargo launched four weekly charter flights on 1 November.
Also in November, US carrier 21 Air began six weekly frequencies between MIA and Bogotá, and two weekly flights on a triangular route between MIA, Panama City and Guatemala City. In April, Canadian airline KF Cargo launched a charter freight service between MIA and multiple points in South America.
Miami-Dade Aviation director, Emilio T. González adds: “Congratulations to AeroUnion on their successful launch into the Miami market, and we look forward to seeing them increase our trade volume with Mexico.
“AeroUnion joins our roster of what currently includes 43 all-cargo carriers and 109 total airlines, which is the most at any US airport.”
To modernise its cargo operations and attract additional freighter airlines, the Miami-Dade Aviation Department is running numerous short and long-term improvement projects.
In 2017, the first phase of MIA’s Cargo Optimization, Redevelopment and Expansion (CORE) Program, a comprehensive concept to renovate MIA’s cargo infrastructure and double its capacity, is expected to begin.