LONDON – August 29 saw Ethiopian Cargo launch the first of their two weekly flights between Miami and Addis Ababa with scheduled stopovers in Spain, Columbia, and Belgium.

The flights will be used by the carrier’s Boeing 777 Freighters. The airline currently served 92 destinations across five continents, with them winning awards for African Cargo Airline of the Year from SKYTRAX.

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Commenting on this milestone is Ethiopian’s CEO Tewolde GebreMariam:

“We are very pleased to see Zaragoza, Miami, and Bogota joining our fast expanding freighter network in the Americas.”

Picture from Ethiopian Airlines.

“With the new service, Ethiopian will carry Inditex high-end textile products from Zaragoza to the Americas”, he continued.

In line with our strategic roadmap, Vision 2025, we will keep on expanding our cargo destinations worldwide, thereby facilitating trade and economic growth among different regions of the world”, he concluded.

“We applaud Ethiopian Airlines for bringing us MIA’s first cargo destination in Africa,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Lester Sola. 

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“Our unrivaled position as the international cargo capital of the U.S. and the gateway of the Americas continues to attract new service from key markets in Europe, the Middle East, and now, one of the busiest air cargo hubs in Africa”, he added.

The airport itself said that this cargo launch is part of a strategic play to expand into more global markets in the cargo industry.

Photo: Air Cargo News.

2017 saw TACA Peru launch four weekly freighter flights from Miami to five South American cities.

Aeronaves TSM of Mexico also launched 10 weekly freighter flights from Cancun as well as Qatar Airways launching two weekly freighter flights to Doha with stops between Luxembourg, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Quito, and Liege.

2018 saw Southern Air begin an all-cargo weekly service from Hong Kong to Miami via Anchorage as well as Turkish Cargo launching a second weekly frequency and Polar Air Cargo launching direct Tokyo services. 

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Overall, Miami’s cargo intake is something that is becoming ever more successful. With the airport taking over 2.2 million tons of cargo in 2017, they are acquiring awards such as “Best Freighter Hub” in the Freighter World Magazine.

This shows that Miami is making its way forward as one of America’s cargo gateways to the world.