A carrier Boeing 747-8 landed at the Queretaro International Airport last week as part of a flight test from Swiss logistic solutions provider Panalpina, which is planning to add the terminal in central Mexico as a weekly destination.
The chartered flight supplied goods for two Panalpina clients with manufacturing operations in the Queretaro area.
Panalpina operates two weekly flights from Luxemburg to Mexico and Guadalajara, with a scheduled stop in Huntsville, Alabama. Now the company plans to add Queretaro as a third destination.
The first flight to Queretaro helped the company to get the proper certifications in order to operate at the airport, which has all the requirements and specifications to host a Boeing 747-8 and its up to 140 tons of cargo.
Panalpina officials said there’s plans to perform up to 20 flights to Queretaro on Wednesdays for the rest of 2017, but a final decision will be made once all market evaluations and paperwork are completed.
The Queretaro airport has seen increased cargo traffic due to a bloom in aerospace and automotive operations at the Bajio region, which comprehends the states of Queretaro, Jalisco, Aguascalientes and Guanajuato.
Companies from Germany, France, Japan, Canada and United States have increased investment in recent years at the area, opening a market for overnight deliveries.
Panalpina handles 60,000 tons in Mexican imports and exports a year, including oversized goods and hazardous materials.