The dampened cargo market has caused Kalitta Air to seek a six-month extension of the start-up date for its all-cargo service to Brazil, says a new regulatory filing.
The cargo airline has already received two six-month extensions for the service, which was originally granted by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) on 16 December 2011. On 27 June, the department granted another six-month extension to 31 December 2012.
Kalitta says that it would be a "strategic mistake" to start cargo service to Brazil now, noting it hopes to start up the service next year if market conditions improve. The carrier has permission to use four frequencies per week out of 14 that opened up under a bilateral agreement on 1 October 2011.