For the first time in its history, LATAM Cargo flew a direct route between the cities of Bogota, Colombia, and Huntsville, Alabama, United States. The new cargo-only route was opened last Sunday, December 2 and will be operated once weekly.
The new BOG-HSV route comes in response to Panalpina’s interest to cut down cargo travel time from South America to North America and LATAM Cargo’s commitment to meet the needs of its customers. Accordingly, the LATAM Group’s team assessed the feasibility of implementing this new destination to bypass transit through Miami.
“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 fulfill our desire to be perceived as strategic partners and to expand their business together,” said Andrés Bianchi, CEO of LATAM Cargo Group.
With this flight, Panalpina will reach Huntsville in approximately four and a half hours, cutting down distribution time and simplifying the logistics process. The freighter aircraft will have the capacity to transport some 50 tons of cargo per flight.
“At Panalpina, we get extremely satisfied when we reach such strategic level of cooperation with our partners. During the design process LATAM Cargo worked very closely with us to bring this innovative product into the market. This new flight, supported by our exclusive and recently inaugurated Perishable Center in Huntsville airport, will bring a competitive advantage to our customers. We will also use LATAM passenger flights from other countries in South America to feed our freighter out of Bogota, it is not only a service for the flowers from Colombia, but for all other perishable markets from the entire region. Together with LATAM Cargo, we are creating a new logistics import hub for the South American perishable products into USA market”,commented Roberto Schiavone, Senior Vice President Head of Airfreight / Americas Region Panalpina.