LAN Cargo gets green light to build Miami hangar

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LATAM Airlines Group subsidiary LAN Cargo has gained approval from Miami-Dade County to build its first maintenance hangar at Miami International airport.

The 66,500ft2 (6,178m2) hangar will be able to fit an aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 777-300, says the operator. The facility will feature another 17,000ft2 of space for parts storage and workshops, as well as 14,500ft2 for offices.

Technicians at the facility will perform daily aircraft checks up to major repairs for LAN Cargo flights as well as passenger flights performed by LATAM. Engine and component changes will be facilitated at the hangar as well.

Miami-based LAN Cargo operates a fleet of two Boeing 767-300 and four 777-200 freighters, Flightglobal's Ascend Online database shows.

LATAM performs more than 150 passenger and cargo flights from Miami per week and plans to grow the annual number of passengers travelling through the airport from 900,000 to more than a million in 2014.

The new hangar will create more than 300 jobs in the next five years, the carrier says.