Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus is the latest airport in the network to be served by Cargolux’s new 747-8 freighters. Cargolux will operate two weekly flights on the route.
Forwarding company Hellmann Worldwide and the Columbus Regional Airport Authority helped Cargolux establish the flight.
“We are pleased that we are expanding our North American network by adding Rickenbacker International Airport to our global portfolio of destinations,” Richard Forson, interim president and CEO of Cargolux, said. “The airport infrastructure and service is very accommodating for airfreight operators and well-adapted to the needs of the 747-8F.”
The Columbus Regional Airport Authority and its three airports, as well as select businesses located at Rickenbacker Inland Port, accounted for US$6.6 billion in total annual economic output in 2012.
Columbus is one of the world’s major fashion and apparel markets and home to a number of large international fashion companies. The direct Cargolux flight from Hong Kong offers shippers of fashion goods and other commodities fast and convenient connections from Asia to this market.
Rickenbacker handled 22,755 tonnes of cargo in the first four months of 2013.
“The Central Ohio region is gaining a valuable logistics asset with the entrance of Cargolux and their advanced 747-8 freighter aircraft service through Rickenbacker International Airport,” David Whitaker, vice president of business development and communications for the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, said. ‘The expertise, flexibility and reliability that Cargolux is known for creates smart opportunities for businesses in our region and beyond.”