LATAM Cargo Launches Direct Service between Bogotá and Huntsville
A subsidiary of the LATAM Airlines Group, Chilean-based LATAM Cargo recently flew a direct route between the cities of Bogotá (BOG), Colombia, and Huntsville (HSV), Alabama, the United States for the first time in their 90-year history.
The new once-weekly cargo-only route was officially opened on December 2nd 2018.
The launch of the new route is in response to Panalpina’s goal of reducing the travel time for perishables shipped from South America to North America along with LATAM Cargo’s commitment to meet the needs of their ever-growing customer base.
LATAM Cargo Group CEO, Andrés Bianchi said, “The sustainability of LATAM Cargo’s relationship with its customers is founded on trust and collaborative work. We are continuously supporting them with their projects by offering the best alternatives possible. This allows us to fulfil our desire to be perceived as strategic partners and to expand their business together.”
Part of the charter network, the Panalpina gateway in Huntsville recently underwent expansion to accommodate perishables. A new cold storage area solely dedicated to perishables with variable temperature ranges has been installed at the facility. The coolers are strategically located less than 100 meters from where the aircraft park.
As a result of the new service route, Panalpina will reach Huntsville in four and a half hours, reducing distribution time and making the logistics process far more economical and efficient. Each freighter flight will have a cargo capacity of 50 tons.
Head of Air Freight Americas for Panalpina, Roberto Schiavone said, “The new route marks an important milestone as we continuously expand our Charter Network and the Perishables Network.”