LATAM Cargo targets faster connections with Netherlands freighter

Source: LATAM Cargo

LATAM Cargo has launched a new route between Brazil and the Netherlands that will target the pharma market and provide a faster connection.

The freighter operator said the new service would operate twice per week between Amsterdam and Curitiba utilising one of its Boeing 767 freighter aircraft.

The service is aimed at “strengthening connectivity between Europe and South America while reducing transportation time through a more direct alternative and providing enhanced capacity for clients”.

Up until now, forwarders and shippers have had to use services with an intermediate stop.

“Operating with two weekly frequencies on Tuesdays and Saturdays, this route efficiently links Europe with Curitiba, primarily transporting pharmaceutical products and general cargo,” the airline said.

Gudny Genskowsky, vice president of network and alliances at LATAM Cargo, said: “At LATAM Cargo, we are constantly reviewing our cargo itinerary, always seeking new opportunities to benefit our customers.

“In this context, the opening of this route is part of an initiative that will enable us to provide a more direct and efficient service to Curitiba from Europe.” 

The addition of the new service comes after LATAM Cargo revenues took a hit in the three months ended June 30, against a backdrop of softening demand.

Cargo revenues decreased by 23.2% year on year in the second quarter to reach $355m. This was as capacity grew, and southbound demand to South America declined.

LATAM Cargo is expanding its cargo fleet by converting 767 passenger aircraft into freighters. The airline took delivery of its 18th B767BCF in June.

LATAM Cargo revenues take a hit as southbound demand softens

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector.After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015.Contact me on [email protected]