FedEx drops plans to serve Cuba, citing chilled U.S. relations

In another sign of cooling relations between the United States and Cuba, FedEx Corp. said yesterday that it will no longer pursue scheduled cargo service to the Caribbean island nation, ending a more-than-two-year effort to establish overnight courier service to the former Cold War adversary. According to Bloomberg, FedEx issued a statement on Wednesday, saying […]

American Airlines launches cargo services to Cuba

We are finally witnessing air cargo operations launch between Cuba and the United States, after the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and United Airlines slots at José Martí International Airport (HAV) after a year of eerie silence surrounding what was initially a hot topic in the air freight world. […]

FedEx locked in bureaucratic battle to operate daily flights to Havana

FedEx is defending its application to operate daily cargo flights between Miami (MIA) and Cuba’s Jose Marti Airport (HAV). The Tennessee-based integrator filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) on Tuesday, Sept. 26, countering arguments by carriers like JetBlue, which claimed that “FedEx has not adequately demonstrated how its service proposal would generate superior […]

Trump’s new Cuba policy complicates airfreight, bilateral trade plans

Almost one year ago, FedEx was granted permission to operate freighter flights between the U.S. and Cuba by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). FedEx has until October 15, 2017, to inaugurate its U.S./Cuba all-cargo air service, but those plans are in jeopardy now, thanks to a policy change by the Trump administration. In a […]

FedEx first U.S. cargo carrier to service Cuba

As the thaw continues between the United States and Cuba, the U.S. Department of Transportation has granted FedEx the rights to operate a five-times-weekly freighter service between Miami and the city of Matanzas. While eight other airlines were granted rights to fly passenger routes between the U.S. and Cuba routes earlier this month, FedEx is […]

U.S., Cuba solidify air transport agreement

Tentative approval for scheduled airline services from ten U.S. cities to Cuba may have implications for air cargo movement between the two countries. The news comes months after the U.S. Airforwarders Association (AfA) urged the country’s Department of Transportation (DOT) to assign routes to U.S. airlines that also offer cargo services. Tentative awards have now […]

Forwarders call for U.S.-Cuba cargo routes to take priority

Now that eight major U.S.-based carriers have submitted applications to begin scheduled service to the previously forbidden Cuba, forwarders are calling for the Department of Transportation to give precedence to passenger routes that carry bellyhold cargo during the approval process. According to the U.S. Airforwarders Association (AfA), only five of the carriers that have applied […]

U.S., Cuba sign historic deal restoring scheduled air access

For the first time in more than 50 years, the skies over Cuba are opening up to scheduled service from the United States. The two countries signed a deal today, officially allowing flights between their borders. Federal officials said they will allow more than 100 daily round-trip flights between the U.S. and 10 Cuban international […]

Missile mishap: Innocent mistake or intentional act?

At a time when the United States and Cuba are attempting to normalize relations and re-establish trade, the fact that an inert U.S. Hellfire missile ended up in Cuba in 2014 is raising concerns across the logistics world. The missile was originally sent to Spain to be used in a military exercise, according to The […]

Cuba: The wild card of the Caribbean

With relations softening between the United States and Cuba, one has to wonder about the possibilities of trade and business opportunities for the Caribbean region should the final trade barriers fall. U.S.-based transportation and logistics company Crowley has been shipping goods to Cuba since 2001 by sea, mostly poultry and food products. Jay Brickman, Crowley’s […]

IAG going to Cuba

Bring on the stogies. This summer IAG Cargo will be launching a new route into Colombia while also servicing Cuba. The new frequencies will connect Cali and Medellín in Colombia, and Havana in Cuba, which brings IAG’s worldwide network to 350 destinations. With these additional frequencies, IAG’s gateways in Latin America total 19. Additionally, IAG […]