LATAM Cargo is now the first cargo airline to offer direct service between Scandinavia and Latin America after the Chile-based carrier added Denmark’s capital of Copenhagen as its newest destination in its network.
The B767-300F service will cut transit times by up to 48 hours, LATAM says and will transport an estimated 20-25 tonnes on each weekly flight. The carrier says capacity and/or frequencies will be increased if necessary.
Copenhagen is the seventh route opened worldwide in the last 12 months and the second exclusively maindeck European route opened by the Latin American air cargo during the year.
The round trip will increase connectivity between Scandinavia and different markets in Latin America with an outbound route that includes Copenhagen (Denmark), Viracopos (Brazil), Montevideo (Uruguay), Santiago (Chile), and Quito (Ecuador). The return will be via Miami (USA), Brussels (Belgium) and Copenhagen.
“As the cargo leader in Latin America, we have undertaken the responsibility of connecting the region with the world and vice versa,” says Gabriel Oliva, LATAM Cargo senior vice president for North America, Europe and Asia. “Proof of this are the more than 150 destinations currently offered by the LATAM Cargo Group.
“The size and strength of our network are the pillars that make us a strategic partner for our customers in providing the support needed to take their shipments to their final destinations in less time,” Oliva adds.
The main beneficiaries in the Scandinavian industry are pharma companies, car makers, and the oil and the paper sectors, although in the short term machinery and other businesses are also expected to play a major role.
“With the new route LATAM Cargo is now connecting Scandinavia to Latin America with a direct link,” notes Kaspar Andreas Nissen, air cargo specialist at Copenhagen Airports. “This will provide Scandinavian Shippers and Freight Forwarders with a smooth and efficient air freight operation directly to Latin America.
“Adding a direct link is not only important to the handling and shipping of pharmaceutical products, it is equally important to the food Ingredients industry and automotive parts industry which also requires stringent and efficient transportation. Being a CEIV certified carrier LATAM Cargo will now offer a unique Pharmaceutical solution to South America, together with fast and reliable General Cargo solutions”, Nissen adds.
Alfredo Noguerales, LATAM Airlines senior sales manager EMEA (excl. Central Europe says the carrier continually evaluates the opening of new origins and destinations in order to satisfy customers’ needs.
“In this opportunity, we chose to strengthen the connectivity between our clients in Scandinavia and Europe with Latin America,” Noguerales says. “This, through a route that reduces transit times and makes our product portfolio’s services and care options available. Every time clients think of Latin America, we want LATAM Cargo to come to mind,” he adds.