With the launch of this new operation, the company will strengthen its presence in Ecuador and offer greater connectivity between South America and North America.
With two weekly frequencies from Quito to Los Angeles, Avianca Cargo will favor the floriculture sector by diversifying the gateway for this product to the United States.
The launch of this new operation took place at the International Cargo Terminal of Quito's Mariscal Sucre Airport, in the company of the Vice Ministry of Transportation Services and Public Works, Quiport and Expoflores.
In response to the growth of the air cargo sector and its commitment to the development of the Ecuadorian market, Avianca Cargo announced the expansion of its capacity with the inauguration of its new cargo destination: Los Angeles.
With two frequencies a week between Quito and Los Angeles, Avianca Cargo will strengthen its presence in the region and provide greater connectivity between the two cities, operating the Quito - Bogotá - Los Angeles route, in order to increase the number of tons transported to North America which currently represent 80% of the weekly tons exported by the company from Ecuador.
In the same way, it will allow it to diversify the ports of entry of flowers to North America, adding this destination to Miami as an already existing point and through which it sent nearly 18,000 tons in around 300 flights operated from Ecuador and Colombia in the recent season of Valentine's Day.
“At Avianca Cargo we continue to connect the South American markets with the world. Now with a second point of entry to the USA and connections via Los Angeles. With this cargo inauguration, in addition to delivering a more robust service proposal to our customers, we will continue promoting the competitiveness of the flower industry, since 75% of the cargo we export from Ecuador, under the highest quality standards and on the required times, corresponds to flowers grown by Ecuadorian hands," said Juan Cruz Correa, Vice President of Sales for Avianca Cargo.
With the CEIV Fresh certification granted by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the award as the airline of America with Logistics Excellence in perishable air cargo at the STAT Awards, Avianca Cargo guarantees the rigorous handling of shipments sensitive to time and temperature , like flowers and other products such as fruits and fish, which represent the other 20% of the cargo exported from Ecuador.
José Luis Aguilar, Vice Minister of Transportation Services and Public Works, stated, “the joint work between the Ministry of Transportation and Public Works and commercial airlines brings good results. Our commitment is to improve the air transport conditions to strengthen the commercial and productive development of our country. We congratulate all the efforts of Avianca Cargo for the opening of its new cargo route from Quito to Los Angeles, which will boost the revitalization of the country's productivity. They always have our support."
Ramón Miró, president and CEO of Corporación Quiport, congratulated the airline for its decision and thanked them for the trust placed in the airport, also adding: "The air cargo operation at the Quito International Airport has established itself as the most big in the country. With 290,000 metric tons transported in 2022, today we are the main port for air cargo transportation in Ecuador and we occupy an important place in Latin America by annual cargo volume. This has turned the Quito airport into an increasingly outstanding development pole, promoting not only tourism, but also productive activities oriented towards exports, especially flowers, but also fruit and other products," he concluded.
As part of this growth plan and with around 10 weekly average frequencies, the company expects to increase the cargo exported to Los Angeles.