Emirates adds capacity into LATAM with new Santiago belly route

Emirates will start a new Boeing 777-200 belly route to Santiago in Chile on 5 July as it targets payloads of Chilean exports including salmon and other perishables.

The service will provide up to 15 tonnes of cargo capacity per flight to the region and to Chile, which is the world’s second largest producer of farmed salmon and exports of the fish were valued at over $4.6 billion in 2017.

Emirates expects the main into Santiago to be e-commerce shipments from East Asia.

Santiago will be become the carrier’s sixth route in South America following Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Viracopos (Brazil), Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Ciudad del Este (Paraguay).

Emirates SkyCargo moved 48,000 tonnes of cargo to and from South America in 2017.