Rickenbacker wins over Cathay Pacific Cargo
Columbus, Ohio airport Rickenbacker Airport will see two flights a week from Cathay Pacific Cargo carrying apparel and other goods for L Brands, Abercrombie & Fitch and other local retailers.
April 1, 2014
Columbus, Ohio airport Rickenbacker Airport will see two flights a week from Cathay Pacific Cargo carrying apparel and other goods for L Brands, Abercrombie & Fitch and other local retailers. The Rickenbacker stop will be on a Hong Kong-Anchorage-Columbus-New York- Vancouver-Hong Kong circuit twice a week. Rickenbacker officials said Cathay will connect Ohio to the airline’s vast network across Asia, including important regions that feed area retailers. “The whole region will benefit from this new service and Cathay’s connectivity throughout the world,” said Elaine Roberts, the airport authority’s president and CEO.
Airport officials have been courting Cathay for eight or nine years, said David Whitaker, vice president of business development for the Columbus Regional Airport Authority. Cathay’s entry is an endorsement of the air-cargo market that Rickenbacker serves, he said. Whitaker added that Cathay and the existing international cargo carrier at Rickenbacker, Cargolux, both have indicated they want to begin flying exports out of Rickenbacker later this year: Cathay back to Asia and Luxembourg-based Cargolux to Europe. “They’ve tasked us to connect them with businesses and leads to generate exports,” Whitaker said. Michigan-based Kalitta Air also cargo between Asia and Rickenbacker.