Emirates SkyCargo is eying South America as a key region of growth. In addition to citing the freight implications for Emirates’ daily passenger route to Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, which commenced January 3, the carrier also has high hopes for its thrice-weekly freight route to Sao Paulo.
Emirates’ new passenger service performs by a Dubai-Rio de Janeiro-Buenos Aires routing and offers vast belly-hold capacity, according to a press release. The Middle Eastern freight carrier expects to see high volumes of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and fresh fruits and fish leaving Brazil. Eectronics and oil-industry spare parts will be imported into the nation.
Emirates SkyCargo also anticipates bolstering pharmaceutical and automotive parts trade between Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, according to Robert Siegel, manager of cargo commercial, Europe and Americas.
“And with Emirates being the only wide-body operator at both destinations, we are also bringing enhanced cargo solutions to the market,” he said in a statement.
Increasing capacity to Latin America was a strategic decision, Siegel said. “This new linked service to two of the most economically vibrant cities in South America will present many new business opportunities and reinforces Emirates SkyCargo’s commitment to the market and to the bustling UAE-South America trade route,” he stated.
What’s more, Siegel said, “Emirates’ new direct flight will not only boost trade ties with the UAE, but also with South America’s main partners in the Far East, such as China, Hong Kong and Japan, and numerous points throughout Europe.”
Africa is another region of interest for Emirates SkyCargo, according to the press release. The carrier will launch service to Harare, Zimbabwe, and Lusaka, Zambia, at the beginning of the month.