Miami International Airport has welcomed another new cargo airline, with Trans American Airlines (TACA Peru) launching four weekly freighter flights to five South American cities.
The airline, part of Avianca Holdings, will operate four weekly scheduled flights using an Airbus A330-200F between Miami and the South American cities of Lima in Peru, Santiago in Chile, the Colombian cities of Bogota and Medellin, and Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires.
Miami-Dade aviation director, Emilio T. Gonzalez says: “TACA Peru’s Miami launch will add to the significant growth trend we are experiencing in both international and domestic cargo traffic.”
“With more all-cargo airlines expected to begin service in 2017, we look forward to shattering our record from last year and strengthening our position as America’s busiest international freight airport.”
TACA is the second airline to launch cargo services to Miami this year, following Qatar Airways beginning two weekly flights to Doha with stops in Luxembourg, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Quito and Liege.
It is the fifth cargo airline to start services since January 2016, having welcomed two AeroUnion flights a week to Mexico City and Merida in December; four Northern Air Cargo charter flights to San Juan, Saint Martin, Santo Domingo and Port-au-Prince in December; six flights a week to Bogota by 21 Air and two on a Miami – Panama City – Guatemala City in November; and six charter flights to Bogota, Caracas and Lima by KF Cargo in April.
Freight volumes at Miami are up 4.8 per cent in the first six months of 2017.