MIA welcomes all-cargo airline TACA Peru
South American carrier launches charter service to Lima, Santiago and Bogota
On August 16, Miami International Airport welcomed its latest international cargo airline – South American airline Trans American Airlines, S.A. (TACA Peru). The airline, part of Avianca Holdings S.A., will operate four weekly scheduled freighter flights with Airbus A330-200F aircraft between MIA and five South American cities with service to Lima, Santiago, Bogota, Medellin and Buenos Aires.
TACA Peru is the second airline to begin all-cargo service at MIA this year, and the fifth since January 2016: In February, Qatar Airways launched two weekly cargo flights to Doha, with stops in Luxembourg, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Quito, and Liege; Mexican freighter airline AeroUnion began two weekly flights to Mexico City and Mérida last December; U.S. freighter airline Northern Air Cargo launched four weekly charter cargo flights to San Juan, Saint Martin, Santo Domingo and Port-au-Prince last November; and U.S. carrier 21 Air began six weekly frequencies between MIA and Bogotá, and two weekly flights on a triangular route between MIA, Panama City and Guatemala City, also last November; and Canadian airline KF Cargo launched six weekly charter freight flights to Bogota, Caracas and Lima last April. Thanks to growth by new and existing passenger/cargo airlines at MIA since January, freight tonnage at MIA is up 4.8 percent so far this year.
TACA Peru’s Miami launch will add to the significant growth trend we are experiencing in both international and domestic cargo traffic. With more all-cargo airlines expected to begin service in 2017, we look forward to shattering our record from last year and strengthening our position as America’s busiest international freight airport.
Avianca Holdings S.A. also includes Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A. Avianca (Avianca), Tampa Cargo S.A incorporated in Colombia, Aerolíneas Galápagos S.A Aerogal incorporated in Ecuador, and the companies of the TACA Group: TACA Internacional Airlines S.A, incorporated in El Salvador; Líneas Aéreas Costarricenses S.A, LACSA, incorporated in Costa Rica; Trans American Airlines S.A. incorporated in Peru; Servicios Aéreos Nacionales S.A, SANSA incorporated in Costa Rica; Aerotaxis La Costeña S.A, incorporated in Nicaragua; Isleña de Inversiones C.A. de C.V. ISLEÑA incorporated in Honduras; and Aviateca S.A. incorporated in Guatemala.
In addition to new all-cargo airlines, MIA is receiving significant infrastructure improvements as well. In 2016, the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) launched a multi-million dollar facility improvement program at MIA that includes new surveillance cameras and lighting throughout the airport’s cargo area to enhance its security monitoring, situational awareness, crime deterrence, and overall safety of MIA and cargo partner property. MDAD has also completed the planning phase for MIA’s Cargo Optimization, Redevelopment and Expansion (CORE) Program - a long-term concept to modernize the airport’s existing cargo operation and double its capacity.
Miami International Airport offers more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport, is America’s second-busiest airport for international passengers, boasts a lineup of more than 100 air carriers and is the top U.S. airport for international freight. MIA, along with its general aviation airports, is also the leading economic engine for Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida, generating business revenue of $33.7 billion annually and welcoming 70 percent of all international visitors to Florida. MIA’s vision is to grow from a recognized hemispheric hub to a global airport of choice that offers customers a world-class experience and an expanded route network with direct passenger and cargo access to all world regions. MIA is committed to sustainable practices. Learn more at www.MIAefficiency.com. For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, transportation and more, visit www.miami-airport.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.