May traffic declines reflect trade war damage, says IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data today indicating that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased by 3.4% y-o-y in May. The analysis, which shows a slight improvement from the 5.6% dip in April, confirms previous Air Cargo World reports on May traffic.   Freight capacity growth, which rose 1.3% y-o-y in May, continued to exceed growth in demand for the 13th […]

The Last Shall Be First: South American e-commerce’s last-mile boom

If ever there was a country that encapsulates the extremes of modern society, it could be the South American country of Brazil. By far the largest of the nations on the continent, it is also the wealthiest, but also has some of the largest, most densely populated slums, located not far from enormous villas and […]

Last-mile? There’s an app for that

The competition to take on last-mile demand is heating up everywhere in the South American market, especially in the dense urban areas where B2C shows the most potential. Several “Uber-like” on-demand startups have been searching for ways to compete with the likes of Amazon, eBay, MercadoLibre and other e-commerce giants, and have been attracting the […]

Carriers add charters for Valentine’s Day flower demand surge

It’s T-minus 3 days until Valentine’s Day, and the international logistics industry is gearing up for the seasonal spike in demand for the perishable currency of the Hallmark holiday. You guessed it – flowers. Many carriers working within networks that encompass major exporting regions of roses and tropical buds – e.g. East Africa and South […]

BDP International expands Latin America presence

Philadelphia-based logistics company BDP International is expanding its Latin American presence with the opening of a new office in Montevideo – its first office in Uruguay and 14th in Latin America. “Latin America has a rich history of being an international trade hub, which continues to be driven by the ongoing infrastructure modernization and new […]

Changes in Latitude: Latin America’s economy reverses years of cargo stagnation

Ten pallets of papayas are sitting in an industrial-sized refrigerator in one of the cool-chain facilities at Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport (GIG), awaiting the green light from customs to be loaded onto the belly of a Los Angeles-bound widebody. Upon arrival in LAX, the prized fruits will be offloaded and transferred to another aircraft, […]

AeroUnion begins freighter service to Miami

As it continues an ambitious infrastructure upgrade, Miami International Airport (MIA) announced further growth in its freighter service with the addition of two weekly roundtrip flights on a triangular route between MIA, Mexico City and Mérida via AeroUnion. The service from the Mexico-based carrier, which departs every Tuesday and Friday, began on Dec. 2, making […]

AMI opens Miami office for South American connections

Seeking deeper relationships with air cargo firms in at least 10 Latin American nations, airfreight and express wholesaler Air Menzies International (AMI) has opened a new office in Miami, which will act as a gateway for transshipments between North and South America.  AMI Miami, as the office will be known, will act as a liaison […]

LATAM boosted fuel efficiency in ‘2015 Sustainability Report’

In an industry with a spotty environmental track record, to say the least, LATAM Airlines is apparently headed the right direction, based on its “2015 Sustainability Report,” published late last week. Over the course of 2015, LATAM was able to cut fuel consumption by 38.4 million gallons of jet fuel, equivalent to a 366,500-metric-tonne decrease […]

Etihad takes delivery of new 777F

  Etihad Cargo has made good on its plans for expansion by taking delivery of a new 777F, the 11th freighter in its fleet. The aircraft will enter service today. At last year’s Dubai Air Show, the carrier announced that it would take delivery of two additional freighters this year. The two  are part of […]

LATAM, AA, IAG seek new partnership

LATAM, American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia are shaking things up for 2016. LATAM – the newly rebranded entity comprised of Chile’s LAN Airlines and Brazil’s TAM Lineas Aéreas S.A. – said it will apply for antitrust immunity with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the relevant authorities in South America to form a joint […]

Cargo theft the highest in U.K., Netherlands

The Transported Asset Protection Association for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region (TAPA EMEA), recently revealed that, in the first quarter of 2015, the highest rate of cargo theft incidents were in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. More than 67 percent of 206 freight thefts or attempted thefts in the first three months […]

Lufthansa Cargo to kick off Natal route

On Saturday, Lufthansa Cargo will launch a route that flies to Europe and Africa through Natal, Brazil – what company officials describe as an emblematic route that showcases how the German carrier is trying to refine its South American network for more direct connections. Specifically, the Lufthansa Cargo MD-11F will fly Frankfurt–Dakar–São Paulo Viracopos (VCP)–Natal–Dakar–Frankfurt once […]

Cargolux flies to Santiago again

Cargolux Airlines is reinstating its Boeing 747 freighter service to Santiago with a weekly flight beginning Sunday.
  • July 22, 2013