LATAM Cargo starts freighter link to Copenhagen, pharma and automotives set to be key verticals

LATAM Cargo has this month become the first freighter carrier to offer a direct service between Scandinavia and Latin America.

The airline started a direct Boeing 767-300F weekly route to Copenhagen Airport with initial estimations of 20-25 tonnes transported on each flight. If necessary the capacity and/or frequencies can be increased.

LATAM Cargo said it provides customers in this market a better alternative to satisfy its growing interest in Latin America. By significantly reducing the need for land transportation, the new route cuts transit times by up to 48 hours.

Copenhagen is the seventh route opened worldwide in the last 12 months by LATAM and the second dedicated European freighter route started in the same period.

The round-trip will increase connectivity between Scandinavia and different markets in Latin America with an outbound route that includes Copenhagen (Denmark), Viracopos (Brazil), Montevideo (Uruguay), Santiago (Chile), and Quito (Ecuador). The return will be via Miami (USA), Brussels (Belgium) and Copenhagen.

LATAM Cargo senior vice president for North America, Europe and Asia, Gabriel Oliva said: “As the cargo leader in Latin America, we have undertaken the responsibility of connecting the region with the world and vice versa. Proof of this are the more than 150 destinations currently offered by the LATAM Cargo Group.

“The size and strength of our network are the pillars that make us a strategic partner for our customers in providing the support needed to take their shipments to their final destinations in less time.”

The airline said the main beneficiaries in the Scandinavian industry are pharma companies, car makers, and the oil and the paper sectors, although in the short term machinery and other businesses are also expected to play a major role.

Copenhagen Airports air cargo specialist, Kaspar Andreas Nissen said the new connection provides Scandinavian shippers and freight forwarders with a “smooth and efficient” air freight operation directly to Latin America.

He added it is not only important for the handling and shipping of pharma products, but the food ingredients and automotive parts industries.