Pittsburgh Airport Adds China Cargo Flight
April 12, 2010 6:40 a.m.
PITTSBURGH â" The first cargo flight to the Pittsburgh International Airport from the Far East took off Sunday, giving lift to hopes the airport will become an international cargo hub.
Wings Logistics, a New York freight forwarder, selected the airport as its distribution point for chartered cargo flights from Asia. Fights will take off on average once a week through August. The initial flights will be from Hong Kong with Shanghai and Vietnam flights anticipated, officials said. The aircraft is being leased from Southern Air and is a 747-200 cargo plane.
âThe reasons for selecting Pittsburgh included efficiencies of airfield operations, location to other cities for truck delivery and the time saving in transit,â said Marc Schlossberg, CEO of Wings Logistics, in a prepared statement. âIn many cases the amount of time saved from âwheels upâ in Asia to customersâ distribution center is up to six days versus using traditional cargo gateways such as Chicago and New York.â
Last fall Wings Logistics conducted a cargo charter from Hanoi to Pittsburgh, fully loaded the plane Oct. 20 and landed in Pittsburgh the following day, where it was customs-cleared prior to arrival and in the customers distribution center the next day.
The Allegheny County Airport Authority has been actively pursuing growth in its cargo operations as a means to boost economic development for the region.
âPittsburgh International Airport has a great deal to offer freight forwarders including excellent access to interstates, cooperative teamwork with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol in facilitating timely clearances and a terrific geographic location to 80% of the North Americaâs population and business centers,â stated Glenn R. Mahone, chairman of the Allegheny County Airport Authority.
âThis news is an opportunity for Pittsburgh International Airport to be recognized as an alternate for cargo distribution. This means more economic development for the region including business for Worldwide Flight Services, Air Ground Express, and AFCO who manages the Cargo A facility where the off load and pallet break down for truck distribution will take place,â said Bradley D. Penrod, Executive Director/CEO, Airport Authority.
âAs the deadline approaches for 100% compliance for homeland security screening, we are seeking new cargo opportunities since we are already 100% compliant and we have an efficient and proven system in place,â added Penrod.
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