As of Saturday September 6th Centurion Cargo decided to end it’s daily flight from Quito Ecuador. This will reduce the lift from Quito by approximately 20%. Limited southbound cargo and insufficient northbound rates were sited as the cause.
The absence of this daily flight is already being felt at the airports in Quito and the Importers in Miami and around the country. Centurion had been flying out of the Latacunga Airport located outside of the capital Quito. This airport has reportedly been subsidizing the fuel cost of the carriers willing to use this military airfield instead of the newer Quito International Airport.
This leaves LAN, Avianca/Tampa, UPS and Atlas to fill the void left by Centurion’s decision. Each of these carriers operates five to six cargo flights per week from Quito. Additionally LAN and Avianca offer belly cargo options.
I predict that the, already high, rates from Quito will begin to creep up over the next few months. Adding this to the duty that importers must pay from Ecuadorean growers is going to challenge those that love large headed roses.
Stay Tuned to www.flowersandcents.com for more details.
William “Willliee” Armellini