Panalpina adds third Mexico airport to Charter Network

With the on ACMI lease from Atlas Air and and its charter agreement with Cargolux, offers five weekly scheduled trans-Atlantic round trips.

Switzerland-based added in to its Charter Network, in the “Speedy” loop connecting City (MEX) and Guadalajara (GDL) with ’s Alabama air freight gateway in Huntsville (HSV). The addition of QRO to the Charter Network included adding QRO to the 747-8 compatibility list, as ’s network includes a 747-8 freighter (37570) on ACMI lease from Atlas Air.

Querétaro is in ’s Bajio region, with key industries including automotive and manufacturing, alongside a fast-growing aerospace sector – sectors which make the 747-8 production freighter’s nose-loading capabilities particularly appealing.

’s air freight sector was the strongest of its operating sectors during the first quarter of 2018, when air freight volumes increased 3% year-over-year and recorded EBIT nearly eight times as high as ’s logistics sector. The company’s air freight operations in were a major contributor to the sector’s success in 2018 and 2017. During 2017, twenty-five of the 100 extra flights pre-procured as regular charters during the peak season were aboard 747 freighters flying into . So far during 2018, has arranged eleven ad hoc charters operating in , with ten more scheduled for the weeks ahead.

’s interest in expanding operations relates to its logistics network and ability to provide overland services from its offices in and its air freight gateway in Huntsville. There is also steadily increasing demand both for imports to support the country’s growing manufacturing, automotive, and aerospace industries, and for exports of perishables out of Guadalajara on ’s trans-Atlantic flights.

“This unique combination of scheduled and ad hoc charter flights, as well as overland services, means that we can efficiently and reliably distribute imported products to City, Guadalajara, Querétaro, Puebla, Monterrey, San Luis Potosí, Aguascalientes, and elsewhere,” said Matthias Frey, global head of the Charter Network.

The flight schedule for ’s Charter Network aboard the between Europe and the US and now includes:

  • Luxembourg Airport (LUX) to Huntsville International Airport (HSV) to Querétaro (QRO) to Guadalajara (GDL) to HSV to London Stansted Airport (STN) to LUX once per week, with the loop on Fridays and a new QRO stop.
  • LUX to HSV to City (MEX) to GDL to HSV to STN to LUX, once weekly with the loop on Mondays.
  • LUX-HSV-LUX twice weekly.

also offers another trans-Atlantic LUX-HSV-LUX round trip using a Cargolux charter, which like all its inbound flights to the Huntsville center, can connect with its trucking service into .

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