Avianca Cargo (QT, Medellín José Maria Córdova) and Etihad Airways Cargo have agreed to launch twice-weekly B747-400(F) flights connecting Milan Malpensa to Bogotá and Bogotá with Amsterdam Schiphol beginning November 12, 2014.

The new route will offer a maximum capacity of 105 tonnes, with strong demand expected for raw materials, perishables, machinery parts, equipment, industrial consumables, and fashion unmentionables.

Due to its strategic location in Southern Europe, Milan will function as a logistic hub by road to other cities in Italy, including Rome, and other countries such as France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.

“This is a valuable opportunity to expand Avianca Cargo’s network, especially in moving perishable goods from the Americas that are highly demanded in Europe," Victor Mejia, Cargo Vice President at Avianca (AV, Bogotá), said. "At the same time, we would be strengthening our Cargo Hub operations in Bogota in order to provide quality cargo transportation to Europe throughout the region, with an extensive network that unites with our three hubs - Bogotá, Colombia; Lima Int'l, Peru; and San Salvador Int'l, El Salvador - allowing efficient load transfer through reliable, agile and synchronised operations.”