Air Cargo Germany will begin flying twice-weekly Boeing 747 freighter services into Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport starting Thursday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced during the TIACA ACF. To continue their push to attract even more cargo to the airport, officials will also be adding a 100,000-square-foot cargo facility to Hartsfield-Jackson. The development has yet to be designed, but is expected to be built in 2014.
Bringing Air Cargo Germany to Atlanta and building a new cargo facility are all part of the mayor’s plan to make Atlanta a hot spot for cargo. With the addition of Air Cargo Germany, Emirates is the only top-10 cargo carrier that doesn’t fly into the city.
“My long-term goal is to make the city of Atlanta the logistics hub for the Western Hemisphere,” Reed said. “That’s where we’re going.”
Reed went on to explain that bringing cargo to the city not only brings in revenue and increases the city’s cargo stature, but it also helps generate more jobs than new passenger services. Passenger crews, he said, live all over the world and don’t necessarily help increase Atlanta’s employment figures.
“Robust air cargo operations,” he said, “have employees that live in the communities near and around the airport.”