Worldwide Flight Services, an air cargo handler, is extending its North American network to Atlanta after winning the bid to operate in the airport's newest cargo facility. In attempt to grow its cargo business, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport agreed on a long term lease with WFS to support the growth of the air cargo intake at the airport. The newest of of cargo buildings in the airport will begin operations in late 2019, while also revealing its customers more specifically in the coming months.
Air cargo is a crucial economic generator for Hartsfield-Jackson, creating more than 27,000 jobs in Georgia and more than $6.7 million in revenue for metro Atlanta, according to the airport's website.
In 2018, cargo volumes at Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta International Airport rose 4.7% to over 700,000 tons, which followed a 7.5% increase in the previous year. However, global cargo demand fell 4.7% in April from a year earlier, according to the International Air Transport Association, with the biggest declines coming from manufacturing hubs across Europe and Asia. New export orders have also been falling recently due to Brexit-related trade uncertainty in Europe and trade tensions between China and the US, according to the IATA.
To contradict the decline, Hartsfield-Jackson recently came to the agreement with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to create a catalyst of air cargo coming from The Netherlands!