AMERICAN GATEWAYS FOR ASIA~ MIA seeks to expand Asian reach

Pleased with its cargo business between Miami International Airport (MIA) and Seoul, Korean Air has increased its initial direct, twice-weekly Boeing 747-400 freighter service in one year’s time to fi ve times per week. The offering is regarded another milestone for MIA, which seeks to expandits route structure into Asia. “It has worked particularly well […]


Pleased with its cargo business between Miami International Airport (MIA) and Seoul, Korean Air has increased its initial direct, twice-weekly Boeing 747-400 freighter service in one year’s time to fi ve times per week. The offering is regarded another milestone for MIA, which seeks to expandits route structure into Asia.

“It has worked particularly well for Korean, and has been a successful component to balance the backhaul to Asia,” states Chris Mangos, MIA marketing manager. He expects the service to soon become daily. Besides Korean, China Airlines Cargo now offers fi ve weekly freighter fl ights between MIA and Taipei.

Inbound cargo primarily consists of high-tech goods, including telecommunications equipment, computers and peripherals, offi ce machinery andhousehold consumer goods.

Outbound cargos include medicines and drugs, computer chips and integrated circuits, medical equipment, commercial and industrial machinery, and parts, as well as dry cargo goods and perishables originating from allpoints in South America.

Overall, cargo volumes at MIA are up. At 2,018,291 tonnes, an increase of 4.3 percent over 2005, last year was its best year for cargo since pre-9/11. Of that, the international component was 1,696,037 tonnes, an increase of 6 percent. Mangos especially sees MIA obtaining a stronghold in the Asian market thanks to top carriers like KoreanAir and China Airlines.