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Airport takes top honors in Germany
By Staff Writers

Hartsfield-Jackson is the first U.S. airport to win Air Cargo Week's prestigious World Air Cargo Award for Airport of the Year. The ceremony — held in Munich, Germany, as part of the Air Cargo Europe Exhibition and Conference — celebrates excellence in the global air cargo industry.

"Hartsfield-Jackson is fast becoming as acclaimed for its cargo operations as it is for its excellence in passenger service," said Aviation General Manager Ben DeCosta. "This award is proof again of our increasing reputation internationally as a major force in the air cargo industry."

Air Cargo Week magazine asked readers to vote, giving consideration to four key areas: investment in cargo services, special facilities, cargo clearance times and plans for future developments. The other finalists were cargo powerhouses Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Singapore.

The cargo that moves through Hartsfield-Jackson creates 255,000 jobs and $44.7 billion in business sales in the six-state Southeastern region (Georgia, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee).

Hartsfield-Jackson is an attractive cargo airport because of its efficiency, low operating costs and lack of curfews. In addition, Hartsfield-Jackson has an innovative, trendsetting design of five parallel runways, six passenger concourses and two cargo complexes to facilitate efficient and expedient connections for air cargo carriers. The Airport serves more than 240 cities in 55 countries worldwide, with more than 2,600 daily landings and takeoffs.

The Airport's convenient location near the three major interstate systems allows cargo delivery trucks to reach more than 80 percent of the U.S. industrial market and 79 percent of the nation's largest consumer markets within two delivery days.

Air Cargo Award

Accepting Hartsfield-Jackson's World Air Cargo Award for Airport of the Year are Jeff Pearse (from left), director of Marketing and Business Development; Sarah Berry, Aviation senior market research analyst; and Warren Jones, Aviation development manager.




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