LATAM Airlines and Qatar Airways are reorganizing their networks to prioritize freight, in particular medical supplies.
LATAM, based in Chile, said on April 13 that it is adding a seventh freight frequency between South America and Europe to help compensate for the lack of passenger aircraft available with cargo space. LATAM has increased its capacity on this route by 40% since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and the contraction of passenger movements.
Amsterdam is now the main entry point for LATAM in Europe. Incoming flights will be particularly advantageous for exporters of perishable foodstuffs to Chile, Peru, Guatemala and Brazil. The return flight will begin in Frankfurt, Germany, and will transport medical equipment and supplies, electronics, auto parts and other goods, said LATAM Cargo.
LATAM recently increased freight frequencies between North and South America, including three other flights to and from Miami for a total of 26 weekly frequencies.
LATAM Cargo has 11 Boeing 767-300 cargo ships in its fleet.
Meanwhile, Qatar Airways Cargo has announced that it is operating an air bridge between China and France to deliver humanitarian aid for the response to the pandemic. The recovery operation on behalf of the French government has a flow of dedicated Boeing 777 freighters flying from Guangzhou and Shanghai to France. The planes carry surgical masks, respirators, disinfectant bottles and disposable hospital coats.
Qatar Airways operated numerous cargo charters to several European countries last month. It also operates daily passenger flights only to six destinations in China and six cities in India.