Freighter flights will serve a triangular route between Mexico City, Mérida and Miami
MIAMI - Mexican freighter airline AeroUnion began service at Miami International Airport on December 2 with two weekly roundtrip freighter flights that will serve a triangular route between Mexico City, Mérida and Miami. AeroUnion departs Miami at 8:00 a.m. and arrives in Mexico City at 10:00 a.m. every Tuesday and Friday. AeroUnion will utilize Airbus A300F or Boeing 767-200F aircraft for the new service. “We proudly welcome AeroUnion and its new cargo service to Miami-Dade County,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “MIA is to be commended for continually attracting a steady stream of passenger and cargo airlines to our community from around the world.”
AeroUnion is the fourth all-cargo carrier to begin service at MIA this year. Most recently, U.S. freighter airline Northern Air Cargo launched four weekly charter flights on November 1, which include: two weekly roundtrip freighter flights on a triangular route between MIA, San Juan and Saint Martin; one weekly flight that will operate between MIA and Santo Domingo; and one weekly flight that will serve a triangular route between MIA, Port-au-Prince and Santo Domingo. Also in November, U.S. carrier 21 Air began six weekly frequencies between MIA and Bogotá, and two weekly flights on a triangular route between MIA, Panama City and Guatemala City. In April, Canadian airline KF Cargo launched charter freight service between MIA and multiple points in South America.
“Congratulations to AeroUnion on their successful launch into the Miami market, and we look forward to seeing them increase our trade volume with Mexico,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González. “AeroUnion joins our roster of what currently includes 43 all-cargo carriers and 109 total airlines, which is the most at any U.S. airport.”
To modernize its cargo operations and attract additional freighter airlines, the Miami-Dade Aviation Department is spearheading numerous short- and long-term improvement projects. The N.W. 25th Street overpass, completed by the Florida Department of Transportation in July 2016, has reduced congestion and travel time for cargo truckers who can now travel above busy local streets between MIA, State Road 826, and west Miami-Dade. New surveillance cameras and lighting have been installed to enhance the airport’s existing security monitoring, crime deterrence and overall safety. In 2017, the first phase of MIA’s Cargo Optimization, Redevelopment and Expansion (CORE) Program, a comprehensive concept to renovate MIA’s cargo infrastructure and double its capacity, is expected to begin.