Brussels, August 16, 2018
Attending to the growing needs of a burgeoning regional distribution center for pharmaceutical products in Montevideo, Uruguay, LATAM Cargo is increasing its global reach adding a new destination. The new BRU-MVD route will start in September 2018, it is designed to attend to the demand of global pharmaceutical companies seeking to optimize entry to South America via Uruguay given its benefits in terms of quality, security and the reduction of overall lead times.
“We are very excited about this first step LATAM Cargo is taking, understanding the shipper’s and forwarder’s demands and providing the enhanced connectivity to attend via Uruguay large emerging markets such as Brazil and Argentina”, said Jorge Carretero, Sr. Sales Manager Germany, Benelux, Switzerland & Austria for LATAM Cargo. “We are confident this is only the first step of many and it is a clear symbol of LATAM Cargo’s commitment towards leading the enhancement of pharma distribution in the region.”
“The market is increasingly asking for this solution,” said Bruno Guella, Managing Director at MVD Free Airport. “We are in touch with dozens of shippers that consider MVD Free Airport for their regional distribution given its multimodal capabilities, the possibility to reach large markets quicker and more cost-efficiently as well as to manage their stock more efficiently, performing several late customization activities from a GDP compliant, state-of-the-art infrastructure. LATAM Cargo has seen the opportunity lying ahead, and now helps to improve the connectivity with Europe, one of the main pharma origin markets”, he concluded.
“We are very happy to be a part of an innovative solution that is changing the way pharma distribution is done in South America”, mentioned Steven Polmans, Head of Cargo at Brussels Airport. “We understand the value of what is being launched here. This is not just an additional route, this is the first step connecting these gateways, allowing for a smarter, safer, more reliable entry to one of the largest emerging regions in the world.”
Nathan De Valck, Cargo & Product Development Manager at Brussels Airport and Chairman of Pharma Aero, added “It is very satisfying for Brussels Airport to be the outbound gateway for this initiative, and for Pharma.Aero to have helped in connecting some of the key players in its development”, he stated.
LATAM Cargo has scheduled the first flight for the first week of September 2018.
LATAM Airlines Group is Latin America’s leading airline group with one of the largest route networks in the world, offering air services to around 140 destinations in 25 countries, and is present in six domestic markets in Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, in addition to its international operations in Latin America, Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, Oceania and Africa. The company is employing over 43,000 people worldwide, operating more than 1,200 flights per day and transporting 67 million passengers per year.
LATAM Airlines Group has one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the world. Its 322 aircraft average an age of approximately seven years and feature the latest variants, including the Boeing 787, Airbus A350, A321 and A320neo.
For more information: www.latam.com
MVD Free Airport is a business unit of Corporación America, the largest airport operator in the world with a network of over 50 airports and cargo terminals across 3 continents. It is a multimodal distribution center specialized in temperature-controlled supply chain, operating as the first and only free airport in South America.
For more information: www.mvdfreeairport.com
Situated in Europe’s economic heart, Brussels Airport is the perfect choice for distribution and logistical solutions into Europe. BRUcargo offers a unique platform with flexible operational procedures, supportive local authorities and a wide array of service providers on a 24/7 basis. Our partners are leaders in logistical solutions for high-value and time and temperature sensitive shipments. Cross-border E-commerce solutions is another service offered by our partners at BRUcargo. Our cloud platform is designed for reliable transfer of data and information benefiting our Air Cargo partners. Brussels has also become THE leading pharma gateway for Europe.
For more information: www.brusselsairport.be/en/cargo
Pharma.Aero is exclusive and independent membership driven association comprised of members from airports communities, pharmaceutical shippers, and other cargo logistics stakeholders from around the world. Pharma.Aero aims at achieving reliable end-to-end air transport for pharmaceutical cargo by fostering collaboration between CEIV pharma certified airport communities dedicated to developing and leading when it comes to handling pharmaceuticals.
For more information: www.pharma.aero