LAN CARGO, the cargo affiliate of LATAM Airlines Group, will build a $20 million fleet maintenance facility at Miami, Florida, International Airport. Currently, the Miami International Airport location serves as the company’s cargo world headquarters. The expansion will create 300 jobs.
Governor Rick Scott said, “LATAM Airlines Group’s expansion of its maintenance facility in Miami is great news for families in South Florida. Because of our trade mission to Chile, this expansion was made possible. These 300 new jobs will mean that more Floridians are able to provide for their families.”
LAN CARGO and its cargo related companies – MAS AIR in Mexico, LAN CARGO Colombia, and TAM Cargo in Brazil – use freighter aircraft and passenger belly space to transport cargo, making them the largest group of air cargo operators in Latin America. With the leading cargo network in the region, the companies offer services to 134 destinations in 23 countries around the world.
“For LATAM Airlines Group, investing in a sustainable presence that benefits the economies and communities where our employees and customers live and work is a priority,” said Cristian Ureta, CEO, LAN Cargo, an affiliate of LATAM Airlines Group.
“Miami-Dade County is the gateway to the Americas and we are proud to be strategically expanding our operation and presence at Miami International Airport,” said Fernando Poitevin, COO, LAN Cargo, an affiliate of LATAM Airlines Group.
President/CEO of Enterprise Florida, Gray Swoope, said, “With Florida being the No. 2 state in the nation for aviation, companies like LAN CARGO benefit from the industry’s resources. This expansion adds to Florida’s extensive aviation industry and strengthens the state’s position as the Gateway to Latin America.”
This project would not have been possible without the close partnerships of economic development organizations around the state. Partners include Enterprise Florida, The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County, Miami International Airport, the Florida Department of Transportation, CareerSource Florida, Inc. and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.
“We congratulate LAN Cargo on its new facility and commend all the groups involved in the effort to keep the jobs here,” The Beacon Council President/CEO Larry K. Williams said. “LAN Cargo is a longtime employer in our community so we are especially proud that they have chosen to continue to invest in Miami-Dade County.”
Support from the Florida Department of Transportation included an Economic Development Transportation Fund Grant, which is awarded to a local government on behalf of a business for public transportation improvements. The grant will be used to reduce transportation impediments and enable safe access to the new facility.
As part of the project, CareerSource Florida has offered LAN CARGO performance-based partial reimbursement grants for employee training through the Quick Response Training program. QRT grants are structured to be flexible and responsive to the training needs of new or expanding businesses.