Emirates SkyCargo to Begin Service to Hartsfield-Jackson
Hartsfield-Jackson Honors Cargo Carriers at Annual Air Cargo Appreciation Day; Emirates will operate weekly freighter flight between Atlanta and Dubai
At an event celebrating Hartsfield-Jackson’s cargo community, airport officials announced today that Emirates SkyCargo will begin service to Atlanta on April 6. Initially, Emirates will operate a Boeing 777 freighter flight weekly between Atlanta and Dubai. The new service is expected to have up to $6 million in annual economic impact on metro Atlanta.
“I am thrilled to welcome Emirates SkyCargo to Atlanta,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “Emirates’ decision to operate a direct route from Dubai to Atlanta further elevates Atlanta as a globally competitive city and also grows our cargo capacity significantly.”
“Emirates is now the 11th cargo carrier with service to Atlanta,” said Hartsfield-Jackson Interim General Manager Miguel Southwell. “At Hartsfield-Jackson, we are focused on expanding our reach by responding to the needs of our customers and providing more opportunities for economic growth. By forging new partnerships—such as today’s announcement with Emirates—we are moving forward in becoming one of the world’s premier logistical hubs.”
“The United States is a very important growth market for Emirates SkyCargo, with Atlanta being a major commercial and aviation hub. The introduction of a weekly freighter service will create new opportunities for our customers across our worldwide network, especially the Middle East, Asia and Africa, as well as for businesses in the greater Atlanta area,” said Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo.
The announcement was made at the Airport’s sixth annual Air Cargo Appreciation Day, at which several carriers took away top honors.
This year’s winners were:
• Lufthansa Cargo, All-Cargo Airline of the Year
• Delta Air Lines, Passenger/Cargo Airline of the Year
• Kuehne & Nagel, Freight Forwarder of the Year
• J&P Hall Express, Trucking Company of the Year
Hartsfield-Jackson ranks tenth in volume of cargo transported among North American Airports, transporting freight to six continents. Hartsfield-Jackson’s cargo program provides 35,000 direct and indirect jobs in Georgia, and approximately $3.7 billion of goods originating from Georgia are transported internationally. Georgia’s exports to the Middle East increased by 66.4% to $2.24 billion in 2013 from nearly $1.4 billion in 2010.
“Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is a major asset for us in recruiting and growing companies, and we are pleased to partner with the Airport to recognize the air cargo community,” said Jorge Fernandez, vice president of global commerce for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “Atlanta is a global logistics hub, and air cargo plays a major part. Air cargo carriers flying in and out of ATL help to spread the Atlanta brand to the rest of the world.”
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL) is the world’s busiest airport, serving more than 94.4 million passengers annually with nonstop service to more than 150 U.S. destinations and nearly 70 international destinations in more than 45 countries. ATL boasts a direct economic impact of $32.5 billion on metro Atlanta and $68.3 billion on Georgia. The Airport is the largest employer in Georgia, with more than 58,000 employees. ATL is a frequent recipient of awards of excellence for concessions, operations, architectural engineering and construction – including the 2013 Global Efficiency Excellence Award from the Air Transport Research Society (for more information, go to www.atrsworld.org), 2013 Project of the Year, Architectural Category for the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal from the American Association of Airport Executives Southeast chapter (for more information, go to www.secaaae.org ) and the 2012 Best Airport in North America, Business Travel Award from the Business Traveler Magazine (for more information, go to http://www.businesstravelerusa.com). ATL is undergoing more than $6 billion worth of capital improvements, which include a new, energy-efficient rental car center, a gold LEED certified international terminal which opened to the general public on May 16, 2012 (for more information, go to www.atlanta-airport.com/internationalterminal/) and aesthetic and functional upgrades to its concourses, people movers and parking services. For more information, go to www.atlanta-airport.com/internationalterminal/). Check out the Airport’s YouTube channel by visiting http://www.youtube.com/AtlantaHartsfield, follow us on Twitter (@Atlanta_Airport) and become a fan on Facebook (Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport).