- The measure, according to the executive, has the objective of guaranteeing the delivery time of parcels coming from China to the Latin American country despite the COVID-19 pandemic setbacks;
- The first flight arrived in Brazil on June 6.
In an interview with LABS, Ken Huang, Alibaba’s Head in Latin America, said that the company closed an agreement for two weekly flights between China and Brazil and Chile with the airline cargo company Atlas Air. The measure, according to the executive, has the objective of guaranteeing the delivery time of parcels despite the COVID-19 pandemic setbacks.
Flights are being chartered by a partnership between Alibaba’s logistics affiliate, Cainiao, and the freight integrator Sinotrans. According to Air Cargo World, Cainiao’s first freight flight to Latin America arrived at Guarulhos International Airport, in the São Paulo region, on June 6.
Despite not facing restrictions to enter the Latin American markets, cargo traffic was indirectly affected by the drastic reduction in passenger transport. This is because orders made through an international e-commerce website are generally carried on the lower deck of aircraft carrying passengers.
Contracts with specialized cargo companies are a temporary solution, but they should continue for a long time, since the international passenger flow is expected to take years to return to the level before the pandemic. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) itself believes that in 2025 the airline industry will still be at least 10% smaller than it was 2019.
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