Atlanta well positioned for global cargo

The worldwide recession reached the tarmac at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta (ATL) International Airport where cargo volumes started the year down about 14 per cent over the previous year’s figures. But cargo volumes indicate they have slowly inched up year over year based on August figures and are now down around 10 per cent.

Atlanta Int'l Airport cargo operation logistics hubs Metro Atlanta Chamber supply chain management Warren Jones

“This is the result of carriers increasing their service,” says Warren Jones, the airport’s aviation development manager. German carrier Deutsche Lufthansa AG, which bases its cargo operations in Atlanta, is adding weekly services to Seattle and Los Angeles. Taiwan-based China Airlines added two more weekly flights to Atlanta starting on August 1, bringing its service to five days weekly. Cathay Pacific continues to offer service to ATL six days per week; EVA Airways Cargo, four days per week, and Korean AirCargo, five scheduled flights per week.

Singapore Airlines Cargo commenced weekly all-cargo service by introducing its around-the-world service to ATL on September 24. The service involves 747-400 freighters from Singapore to ATL via Europe (Brussels) and the Middle East (Sharjah) before returning to Singapore.

The carrier is the latest addition to Hartsfield-Jackson’s cargo operation, which creates 255,000 jobs and US$44.7 billion in business sales in the six-state Southeastern region served by the airport. Those states are Georgia, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

ATL officials contend Singapore Airlines’ decision to begin air cargo service to Atlanta furthers the airport’s position as one of the world’s premier logistics hubs and center for supply chain management. “This new trade lane will enable companies in Atlanta and the Southeastern US to gain access to even more customers and markets across Asia,” says Bob Pertierra, vice president of supply chain development for the Metro Atlanta Chamber.