Emirates plans to boost cargo ops to South America

Emirates SkyCargo has announced that it will be opening a new trade lane to South America with the start of freighter services to Bogota, Colombia.

The Colombian capital will be served by a once weekly freighter service starting on January 16, the airline said in a statement.

Emirates SkyCargo will operate a Boeing 777 freighter aircraft to Bogota with a cargo capacity of over 100 tonnes and has wide main deck doors allowing for the transportation of large and outsized cargo.

Bogota will become Emirates SkyCargo’s sixth cargo destination in South America and its third dedicated cargo destination in the continent.

Emirates SkyCargo will be working jointly with Avianca for the freighter service out of Bogota. The Latin American carrier will commercialize the capacity of the Boeing 777 freighter on its return leg from Bogota to Maastricht to move cargo booked by its customers.

Emirates SkyCargo and Avianca said they are working on developing a deeper partnership where Emirates SkyCargo will assist Avianca for transporting cargo from Latin America across its well-developed network in the Middle East, Africa and Asia region while Avianca will help Emirates SkyCargo strengthen its reach in the South American market.

“We welcome Bogota to our global network of over 40 scheduled weekly freighter destinations. South America is one of our main focus regions and we believe that there is a lot of potential for further growth in demand for air cargo capacity in this region,” said Hiran Perera, Emirates senior vice president, Cargo Planning & Freighters.

In South America, Emirates SkyCargo currently transports cargo on its passenger and freighter services to and from Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Viracopos and Quito.
With the addition of Bogota, the air cargo carrier will be able to offer a weekly cargo capacity of close to 500 tonnes to South American customers.

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