South Korea-based Asiana Airlines Inc. on Sept. 13 will begin cargo service between Atlanta and Seoul four times per week.
With a Boeing 747-400 freighter, Asiana will join a growing list of cargo carriers operating at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
The flight is expected to create up to 25 jobs in Atlanta and provide a regional economic impact of $24 million.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed visited the airport Tuesday to announce a new report that put the airport’s impact on metro Atlanta at $32.6 billion in 2009, up from $23.5 billion four years earlier.
The Asiana flight will give shippers “easier connectivity to the world,” Mr. Reed said in a statement welcoming the airline.
Hyung Park, Asiana’s regional manager in Atlanta, said the new route will provide options for Korean automakers shipping parts to the region.
“Our cargo hub in Georgia will give companies such as Kia Motors, Hyundai Motor Co. and others in the Southeastern region direct access to customers worldwide, including connectivity to South America,” Mr. Park said in a Hartsfield news release.
Hartsfield has won the Air Cargo Week’s airport of the year award for the last two years.