Emirates SkyCargo will be opening a new trade lane to South America with addition of freighter services to Bogota, Colombia.

The cargo airline will be working jointly with Avianca for the freighter service out of the Colombian capital, which will be served by a weekly Boeing 777 freighter service, beginning January 16. The aircraft has an overall cargo capacity of over 100 tonnes and wide main deck doors allow for the transportation of large and outsized cargo.

Bogota becomes Emirates SkyCargo’s sixth cargo destination in South America and its third dedicated cargo destination in the continent.

Avianca will commercialise the capacity of the freighter on its return leg from Bogota to Maastricht, to move cargo booked by its customers. Emirates SkyCargo and Avianca are working on developing a deeper partnership, which will see Emirates SkyCargo assist Avianca in transporting cargo from Latin America across its network in the Middle East, Africa and Asia region, while Avianca will help Emirates SkyCargo strengthen its reach in the South American market.

“We welcome Bogota to our global network of over 40 scheduled weekly freighter destinations. South America is one of our main focus regions and we believe that there is a lot of potential for further growth in demand for air cargo capacity in this region,” said Hiran Perera, Emirates Senior Vice President, Cargo Planning & Freighters. “We are also delighted to be working with Avianca for this freighter service and we look forward to strengthening our partnership to facilitate more trade between customers in South America and the rest of the world.”