As of November 9, the cargo terminal at Florianópolis International Airport will have a third cargo route connecting Miami to the capital of Santa Catarina. The new operation reinforces the position of Floripa Airport Cargo as a logistics hub in the South of Brazil and gateway for cargo in Santa Catarina. Operated by Avianca Cargo, the route will have a weekly frequency, every Thursday. The new flight adds a capacity of 3.640 tons per year to the current 5.400 tons handled by LATAM Cargo. With this the Floripa Airport Cargo will reach almost 10 thousand tons of capacity per year on the United States route, which represents an increase of 66%.
Furthermore, from February 2024, the new route will also serve the export market. With this possibility, products from Santa Catarina - from perishables, such as food, to processed products - that previously needed to go by land to São Paulo and only then go to North America and Europe, will leave directly from the airport.
“At Avianca Cargo we are constantly evaluating new opportunities for our customers. We are proud to continue expanding our route network with a sixth destination in Brazil. With this new route, we will continue to strengthen South America's connectivity with the rest of the world", highlights Diogo Elias, vice president of Avianca Cargo.
The Airbus A330, used on the new route, has a cargo capacity of 70 tons and will mainly serve the import of electronic products. It joins the two weekly cargo flights that also operate the Miami - Floripa, operated by LATAM Cargo. Among the main imported products are electronics, pharmaceutical and hospital supplies and textiles.
“The logistics market is growing rapidly in Florianópolis and we are attentive to the opportunities it offers to expand our business and also contribute to the development of Santa Catarina. The arrival of the third international freight frequency is another important step in this scenario”, says Ricardo Gesse, CEO of Zurich Airport Brasil.
The numbers prove the growing demand for cargo businesses in the southern region: from January to October this year the Floripa Airport Cargo handled 26% more import cargo than in the same period last year.
To serve this market, the cargo terminal at Florianópolis International Airport is being expanded. The project envisages the construction of two new areas on the site. With an investment of around R$7 million, made by Zurich Airport Brasil, the expansion will triple the total storage capacity of the Santa Catarina terminal.