Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is set to receive a new all-cargo flight by Milan, Italy-based Cargoitalia.
Mayor Kasim Reed, airport General Manager Louis Miller and Cargoitalia Commercial Director Roberto Gilardoni are expected to announce the new route at a press conference Tuesday, Jan. 18.
Mr. Reed traveled to Amsterdam, Netherlands, in November to pitch Atlanta at an air cargo industry conference, where he made a variety of company calls. He told GlobalAtlanta before the trip that he hopes to establish Atlanta as a logistics hub for the Western Hemisphere.
The goal is jobs. Air cargo supports 19,000 direct and indirect jobs in the city and contributes more than $10 million a year in revenue for the airport, according to city figures.
Last September, the airport welcomed South Korea‘s Asiana Airlines, which is expected to have a $24 million annual impact on metro area.
The city is spending $2.7 million on upgrades to the airport’s cargo processing facilities, which Mr. Reed says are currently underutilized.
Cargoitalia would be the 15th all-cargo airline operating at Hartsfield.