EUROPE/CIS: Cargoitalia continues growth with Atlanta addition

Italian all-cargo carrier, Cargoitalia has extended its services to the US with MD11 freighter services from Milan to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport from 2 February, providing the only through main deck cargo link between the two cities. The new service will be twice weekly from Milan using the carrier’s 90-tonne capacity MD11 freighters. Both services will […]


Italian all-cargo carrier, Cargoitalia has extended its services to the US with MD11 freighter services from Milan to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport from 2 February, providing the only through main deck cargo link between the two cities. The new service will be twice weekly from Milan using the carrier’s 90-tonne capacity MD11 freighters. Both services will operate via New York JFK, while return flights will route direct from Atlanta to Milan. Cargoitalia’s new Atlanta-Milan services will be marketed by Heavyweight Air Express, which represents the airline throughout the US. Heavyweight previously sold the airline’s capacity in the Atlanta area using road feeder services to connect to its flights from Chicago. Heavyweight will also use the new flights to market Cargoitalia’s Dubai and Sharjah services via its Milan hub. “Atlanta is one of the most important air cargo gateways in the USA, and therefore a must-have city in our growing network,” said Cargoitalia commercial director Roberto Gilardoni. “The new Atlanta services open up the important Texas market with its oil-related industry, along with the rest of the Southern states. We also now have the ability to serve Miami overnight, which in turn creates potential for interline agreements with carriers serving central and South America.” Cargoitalia introduced their New York service in 2009 and after its successful addition to the schedule last year the Chicago service will now receive its first upgrade to weekly direct services from Milan (replacing the previous routing via New York), with a continuation of flights via New York also once a week. New York continues with twice-weekly direct services from Milan. “Our freight forwarders have been asking for more airlift capacity to Europe,” commented Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. “Cargoitalia is a worldclass, all-cargo airline that meets this need, and I am confident it will serve our customers well in the years to come. Air cargo has a huge economic impact on Atlanta and the metropolitan area, and I am committed to growing this vital business sector.” Hartsfield-Jackson, the world’s busiest airport, is served by 14 all-cargo airlines and 10 all-cargo flights a week to Europe and 30 all-cargo flights a week to Asia. The airport recently began receiving new all-cargo flights from Singapore Airlines Cargo, Great Wall Cargo (Shanghai) and Asiana Airlines. And the airport is spending US$2.7 million to renovate and enhance the north and south cargo facilities. Air cargo generated $10.7 million in revenue in 2009. In addition to the ad hoc freight charters which Cargoitalia offers the airline is considering the addition of a third frequency from Milan to Shanghai subject to market conditions.