Etihad, Avianca to partner on new freighter service

Service to operate twice a week, providing cargo connection between Europe and South America

Avianca Cargo Colombia Etihad Cargo Kevin Knight Milan Victor Mejia

Kevin Knight, chief strategy and planning officer at Etihad Airways, said: “Italy is the third largest cargo market in Europe, and has been a key focus area for Etihad Cargo since 2007, when we inaugurated our first service to the country. Demand has been strong and our operations have since expanded to include freighter and passenger flights to Milan launched in July this year.

Victor Mejia, cargo vice president at Avianca, said: “This is a valuable opportunity to expand Avianca Cargo’s network, especially in moving perishable goods from the Americas that are highly demanded in Europe. At the same time, we would be strengthening our Cargo Hub operations in Bogota in order to provide quality cargo transportation to Europe throughout the region, with an extensive network that unites with our three hubs – Bogotá, Colombia; Lima, Peru; and San Salvador, El Salvador – allowing efficient load transfer through reliable, agile and synchronised operations.”