PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT CHOSEN BY UTI WORLDWIDE INC. AS AIR CARGO DISTRIBUTION POINT
- Wings Logistics extends schedule of cargo flights to Pittsburgh through the end of the year
PITTSBURGH, PA – Global freight forwarders are showing new interest in Pittsburgh. The Allegheny County Airport Authority announced that UTi Worldwide Inc., New York, NY, has selected Pittsburgh International Airport as its distribution point for chartered cargo flights from Asia.
UTi Worldwide is an information-focused global integrated logistics company that provides air and ocean freight forwarding, contract logistics, customs brokerage and other supply chain management services to customers around the world.
Currently, flights will be scheduled on average of one per week through August 2010, beginning this Sunday, May 15, 2010. The initial flights will be from Shanghai and Vietnam.
Frank Bello, Vice President, UTi Worldwide (www.go2uti.com) said, “We are very pleased to announce new air cargo service in Pittsburgh and anticipate that we can deliver the competitive advantage to each of our client's supply chains due to efficiencies of airfield operations, location to other cities for truck delivery and the time reduction in transit. This new service offering will maximize value along the supply chain with high quality, cost effective, delivery from end to end.”
Wings Logistics announced a similar cargo program last month and recently has informed the Airport Authority that its shipments will extend from the end of August through the end of the year.
“Pittsburgh International Airport is well positioned to serve as an international cargo hub,” said Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato. “We have been working for several years to promote the availability of our cargo facilities and our capacity to handle all types of aircraft, as well as our great highway, rail and water connections. Today’s announcement shows that our trade missions to Asia are paying off, and it opens the door to even more opportunities that could mean more jobs, commerce and development.”
“This is great news because the Allegheny County Airport Authority has been actively pursuing growth in our cargo operations. Pittsburgh 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 percent of the North America’s population and business centers,” stated Glenn R. Mahone, Chairman, Allegheny County Airport Authority.
“Other companies will also benefit from this increase in air cargo. They include: Worldwide Flight Services, Air Ground Express, and AFCO who manages the Cargo A facility,” said Bradley D. Penrod, Executive Director/CEO, Airport Authority. “Additionally, as the deadline approaches for 100 percent compliance for homeland security screening, we are seeking new cargo opportunities since we are already 100 percent compliant and we have an efficient and proven system in place.”