Chile-based carrier LATAM Cargo has launched a dedicated offline pharma hub in the Danish capital of Copenhagen from 1 September.
LATAM cited “strong demand” on air cargo routes between Europe and Latin America for the opening of its 10th pharma hub.
The new hub pair will feed the carrier’s service on the Amsterdam-Viracopos-Santiago; Brussels-Montevideo; Amsterdam-Brasilia and Frankfurt-Guarulhos routes, improving services provided to pharma companies in Denmark, Norway and Sweden by offering a better option to ship medicines and vaccines to patients in Latin America.
The Copenhagen hub will have regular GDP-compliant refrigerated truck services to ensure the best possible standards for sensitive pharma shipments such as medicines and vaccines.
“The new Copenhagen hub is proof of our commitment to continue leading the transportation of pharma products from, to and intra-Latin America,” the carrier says.
“In 2017 we were the first to receive the CEIV Pharma certification in the Americas this being said, we continue to work and expand in order to provide offline markets in Europe with more connections to more destinations in Latin America, with the highest quality standards.”
Meanwhile, just over a week ago the carrier released its Q2 results where cargo operations continued to be a bright spot.
The LATAM Airlines Group, reported second-quarter cargo-related revenues of just under USD 300 million, due to a 3.6 per cent increase in cargo revenues and a 6.7 per cent rise in yields. However, it was not enough to counteract to the 86.6 per cent, year-on-year, decline in Q2 operating income (EBIT), which totalled just USD 6.5 million.
The Chilean carrier blamed much of the disappointing results on a steep rise in aircraft fuel costs, as well as the effects of crippling strikes in Chile and Brazil, which contributed to a net quarterly loss of USD 113.6 million.
LATAM Airlines has one of the largest route networks in the world, offering air services to around 140 destinations in 25 countries. As well as domestic services within six Latin American countries, its international network takes in destinations in Europe, the US, the Caribbean, Oceania and Africa.
LATAM Airlines currently operates a total of 322 aircraft, including B787s and A350s.