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 yearÃ¢â‚¬™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.
November 1, 2009
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-JacksonÃ¢â‚¬™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 AirlinesÃ¢â‚¬™ decision to begin air cargo service to Atlanta furthers the airportÃ¢â‚¬™s position as one of the worldÃ¢â‚¬™s premier logistics hubs and center for supply chain management. Ã¢â‚¬Å“This new trade lane will enable companies in Atlanta and the Southeastern US to gain access to even more customers and markets across Asia,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Bob Pertierra, vice president of supply chain development for the Metro Atlanta Chamber.