“At the AICM it was very complicatedyou could not operate all the authorized itineraries, fly day charters because the airport is saturated”, the manager told Expansion. “At AIFA, being a new airport, we have the ability to operate basically at any time, and that commercially has a gigantic plus.”
Awesome Cargo was born from an alliance with Long live Aerobus, in which it marketed the cargo that the airline transported on its commercial flights. With this, they look for a model low cost similar to that of the airline directed by Juan Carlos Zuazua, which also includes door-to-door shipments, that is, the so-called ‘last mile’ of the supply chain.
The airline will start operations with a fleet of two A330-200 aircraft from the European manufacturer Airbus, with a capacity of 55 tons each, which the company considers ideal for medium to long-haul flights such as South America and Europe. The planes were part of the fleet of Alitaliawhich disappeared during the pandemic to make way for ITA Airwaysowned by the Italian government.
Service last Mille expects to be released in third week of marchand is subcontracted through a third party with whom the company has its own and shared infrastructure to reach 95% of the country’s postal codes.
AIFA will serve as the maintenance and operations base for Awesome Cargo, continuing with the alliance with Viva Aerobus. The company expects to have all the permits and certifications to start operations from next May.
“We see the Santa Lucía airport that has highway connectivity, is close to distribution centers and continues to be close to the city. There are economic and commercial conditions to be successful”, assures Ramos.
The incursion of Awesome Cargo would take place a few weeks before the limit of 108 business days –156 calendar days, which would expire at the beginning of July– established by the federal government for the relocation of cargo operationswhich the airlines had opposed for having such a short term, which they sought to extend from 180 to 360 days.
Some companies like DHL They have already confirmed their movement to AIFA as of next February 28, while others such as Post office they are preparing their relocation, although with an estimated cost of more than 100 million pesos.