Lufthansa Cargo adds Monterrey to Freighter Flight Schedule

Lufthansa ground staff loading air cargo.
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Lufthansa Cargo is boosting its North American presence, becoming the first European cargo airline to connect Europe with Monterrey.

Starting June 3rd, a new freighter route will connect Frankfurt (FRA) with the key industrial hub of Monterrey (MTY) in Mexico, via Mexico City (NLU).

This weekly service, operated by a Boeing 777F, caters specifically to the needs of automotive, electronics, and medical product shippers.

A European First for Lufthansa

“We’re excited to be the first European cargo airline to connect Monterrey with the European market,” says Ashwin Bhat, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo.

“This expansion aligns with our strategy of unlocking new markets and facilitating global trade. With this addition, Lufthansa Cargo boasts up to 33 freighter frequencies to North America each week, on top of up to 4 dedicated South American freighter routes and extensive belly cargo options.”

Further bolstering North American connections, Lufthansa Cargo is adding a Dubai stopover (DWC) to its existing Shanghai-Frankfurt B777F freighter route.

Photo Credit: Lufthansa Cargo

Belly Network Expansion

Additionally, this summer will see a significant expansion of the belly network through partner airlines.

Passengers flying Lufthansa Airlines from Frankfurt can now enjoy direct connections to Minneapolis and Raleigh-Durham (USA).

Similarly, Austrian Airlines offers new direct flights from Vienna to Los Angeles and Boston (USA). Discover Airlines joins the party with summer routes connecting Frankfurt to Anchorage (USA) and Halifax (Canada).

A Lufthansa Cargo A321F freighter parked on the tarmac
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Brussels Airlines strengthens its African presence with extra summer flights from Brussels to Nairobi (Kenya) and Kigali (Rwanda).

Meanwhile, Lufthansa Airlines from Munich has expanded its reach to include new destinations: Trondheim (Norway), Nantes (France), Oulu (Finland), Chișinău (Moldova), and the North American cities of Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver.

In total, Lufthansa Cargo customers have access to a staggering 7,000 weekly flights across the Lufthansa Group’s global network.

The expansion doesn’t stop there. The summer schedule also sees the A321P2F freighter fleet adding a stopover in Riga, Latvia, on the Frankfurt to Helsinki route.

A Lufthansa Cargo B777F freighter aircraft in China.
BriYYZ from Toronto, Canada, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Lufthansa Cargo AG

With revenue of 3.0 billion euros and a transport performance of 7.5 billion freight ton kilometers in 2023, Lufthansa Cargo is one of the world’s leading companies in the transport of airfreight. The company currently employs around 4,150 people worldwide.

Lufthansa Cargo’s focus is on the airport-to-airport business. The route network covers around 300 destinations in more than 100 countries.

It uses both freighter aircraft and cargo capacity from passenger aircraft operated by Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Discover Airlines and SunExpress, as well as trucks.

The majority of the cargo business is handled via Frankfurt Airport. Lufthansa Cargo is pursuing the goal of becoming the world’s most environmentally friendly cargo airline.

To achieve this, the company relies on state-of-the-art technologies and constant investments in the area of sustainability.

In 2023, important milestones were reached, such as the investment in the continuous expansion of the B777F fleet, the expansion of short- and medium-haul networks with A321 freighters, and the continuation of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel program.

In 2024, Lufthansa Cargo plans to successively equip its B777F fleet with Sharkskin technology, implement further digital services and contribute to reducing CO2 emissions through sustainable logistics solutions. 

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