LATAM Cargo Group has announced an increase in its frequencies from Colombia to the United States in order to satisfy its clients’ needs in that market. It also declared the reactivation of its domestic cargo operation in eight routes in the country.

LATAM Cargo increased its capacity by 21 per cent from Bogota, up from 14 to 17 weekly freighter frequencies to Miami. This destination will also be reached through the five weekly frequencies originating in Medellin that the company will maintain.

Additionally, LATAM Cargo has incorporated Los Angeles (USA) and Mexico City (Mexico) to its cargo network, becoming the only airline to offer a stable itinerary and capacity between South America and Western North America.

Cargo capacity management

To maintain operations, the company began to use passenger aircrafts exclusively for cargo transportation on a regular basis. The airlines served both international and domestic routes using its B777, B787, B767, A320 and A321 aircrafts. In some cases, seat containers have been used to optimise cargo transportation capacity in passenger aircrafts. Through this strategy, LATAM Cargo complements the capacity offered by its exclusive freighter fleet, consisting of 11 B767Fs.

Once the Colombian Government gave its approval and passenger flights were reactivated, the company gradually began to restore its domestic cargo transportation capacity in eight of the country’s cities.

During the pandemic, LATAM Cargo maintained its service in order to supply Leticia and San Andres through cargo-exclusive flights carried out with Airbus 320 passenger aircrafts. Since September 01, the carrier has extended service coverage to Barranquilla, Bucaramanga, Cali, Cartagena, Medellin and Santa Marta by transporting cargo in passenger aircraft bellies.

For the first time in its history, the airline reached the Asian continent in order to bring medical supplies to South America.

Other measures adopted during the pandemic

During the past five months and in the midst of the pandemic, LATAM Cargo has modified its itinerary and operations in order to mitigate the negative effects that belly capacity restrictions are having on customers. The company continues to evaluate its operation in order to satisfy clients’ needs.

One of the measures included increasing its capacity between Santiago (Chile) and Miami (USA) by using freighters and passenger aircraft exclusively for cargo transportation in order to offer salmon exporters—one of Chile’s main industries—a robust solution.

In addition, connectivity from Miami to South America was increased and daily flights between South America and Europe were announced.

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