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CHICAGO: February 22, 2019. LATAM Cargo has begun a weekly B767-300 freighter service between Santiago, Chile and Chicago O’Hare with a focus on fresh seafood, perishables and pharma traffic.

The airline says the new service will capitalize on the demand in Asia for Chile’s export of fresh caught salmon as well as cherries, blueberries and asparagus. Over 30 Chicago area companies have operations in Chile - Illinois’ second largest trading partner in South America with a two-way trade in goods valued at over US$1 billion last year.

LATAM Cargo “Chicago is a key gateway in the United States and an ideal connecting point to Asia,” said Andrés Bianchi, CEO LATAM Cargo. “Our new flights to and from the city provide our customers with access to key destinations and improved transit times.”

The airport says its recent $220 million development programme has resulted in a 50 percent increase in air cargo throughput to nearly 1.9 million tons last year, with two-way global trade valued at US$200 billion.

Last year it became one of only six cities worldwide to have nonstop passenger air service to all six major inhabited regions – Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America.

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