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Overseas Trip Connects With Air Carriers
By DeAllous Smith

It appeared to be business as usual for Aviation Development Manager Warren Jones. The only difference was his work was being completed 4,000 miles from the office.

Jones and Sarah Berry, senior market research analyst, traveled to Europe recently to meet with airline and industry leaders to attract new passenger and air cargo service to the Atlanta market. They were among more than 300 industry leaders attending the International Air Cargo Association’s (TIACA) annual conference in Copenhagen, where discussions on industry advancements, new Transportation Security Administration rules, route development and green initiatives occurred. While in Europe, they also visited Amsterdam to see its preparations for the 2010 TIACA Forum and Exhibition.

Jones says Hartsfield-Jackson remains a competitive option among comparable airports. When he speaks with potential new cargo carriers, he promotes as major benefits Hartsfield-Jackson’s low landing fees, a new international terminal scheduled to open in 2011 and expanding cargo facilities used at its thriving cargo operation. Increased air competition translates into more flight options for passengers, new markets for companies shipping freight, plus additional revenue and jobs for the local economy.

Hartsfield-Jackson Air Cargo Staff

“Hartsfield-Jackson is a very strong market for air carriers seeking to expand or begin new service,” said Jones. “The city of Atlanta boasts great infrastructure and a strong freight forwarding community that supports high quality air cargo operations.”

Atlanta is accessible to 80 percent of the U.S. population within two-hour flying time. And a cargo facility based in Atlanta is a very attractive option for any company, domestic or foreign, targeting American consumers.

While in Amsterdam, the Department of Aviation marketing employees visited numerous banquet facilities where events will be held for the 2010 conference. They also saw a preview of events scheduled for the TIACA meeting scheduled for November 2012 in Atlanta.

The 2012 meeting will mark the first time since 2000 that the international TIACA meeting will take place in the United States.

“We are extremely honored to host the 50-year celebration of this prestigious event. In fact, the first TIACA Air Cargo Forum and Exhibition was held in Atlanta 50 years ago,” said Jones. The event is expected to produce an estimated $8 million economic contribution to Atlanta.

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