LATAM Cargo is set to add more freight capacity as it adds more flights and reactivates domestic cargo operations in Colombia.
This is great news for flower exporters from the South American nation with more capacity from the 22 weekly freighter flights between Colombia and Miami.
LATAM Cargo’s Bogota-Miami route will service 17 weekly freighter flights, whilst the cargo route from Medellin will operate five times per week.
With passenger flights re-established following approval from the Colombian government, LATAM Cargo is slowly restarting domestic cargo operations in eight of the country’s cities.
The cargo carrier said it flew all-cargo flights to Leticia and San Andres using Airbus 320 passenger planes during the pandemic, but as of September 1, belly space has been used to deliver cargo to Barranquilla, Bucaramanga, Cali, Cartagena, Medellin and Santa Marta.
LATAM Cargo has been using passenger planes (B777, B787, B767, A320 and A321) for cargo, at times even using seat containers, for both international and domestic to complement the capacity of its 11 B767 freighters, the company said.
The cargo carrier said it modified its itinerary and operation during the past five months to offset belly capacity restrictions.
It ramped up cargo capacity between Santiago and Miami by using freighters and passenger aircraft for Chile’s salmon exporters.
It also incorporated Los Angeles and Mexico City to its cargo network and operated flights to Asia, for the first time in its history, to move medical supplies to South America, the company noted.