Geography, infrastructure propel Atlanta cargo
“Shippers and importers will choose comfort over change, unless there is an option that is too attractive to ignore — and close proximity to a majority of markets by itself is not going to drive that change,” Blane continues. Still, he believes that most shippers consider Atlanta’s centrality an advantage and, if all else is equal — or even close to equal — will select Hartsfield-Jackson over the competition.
In order for Atlanta to maintain its position as a cargo-friendly city, however, Blane says industry stakeholders must closely monitor the market. “The question the logistics community needs to ask now is: ‘What will we do to sustain [Atlanta’s industrial ] growth without it becoming an undue burden on the people and companies it is meant to benefit?’ he says. “As a member of that community, I’m looking forward to finding the solution.”