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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/01/12
Mayor Kasim Reed, Hartsfield-Jackson Airport to Host World’s Largest Air Cargo Conference
The 26th International Air Cargo Forum and Exposition arrives October 2-4, 2012, in Atlanta
ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will host the 26th International Air Cargo Forum and Exposition of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) October 2-4 at the Georgia World Congress Center. The 50th anniversary forum and exposition is presented in partnership with Delta Air Lines, UPS and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
“Atlanta and the world’s busiest airport will take center stage again this week as we welcome more than 4,000 global executives and air cargo professionals to our great city,” said Mayor Reed. “Hosting TIACA in our hometown proves to the world that Atlanta is ready to compete and become No. 1 in global air cargo operations. Hartsfield-Jackson offers one of the lowest landing fees in the nation and remains a very strong market for air cargo carriers seeking to expand or begin new service.”
During the TIACA conference, air cargo leaders will meet and discuss industry trends, challenges and best practices. The 2012 meeting marks the first time since 2000 that the TIACA meeting will take place in the United States.
“I am pleased to welcome the return of TIACA to the United States,” said Aviation General Manager Louis Miller. “While learning about the various trends that help shape and redefine the industry, we invite participants to explore and rediscover Hartsfield-Jackson and the City of Atlanta, which boasts great infrastructure and a strong freight-forwarding community that supports high quality air cargo operations. In fact, the airport offers significant growth opportunities for the Latin and South American perishables market. Hartsfield-Jackson is a 24-hour airport with no slot or curfew restrictions.”
Airport officials anticipate the three-day conference will produce a direct economic impact of more than $3 million to the city. Hartsfield-Jackson’s ability to gain one new weekly cargo flight from the conference has an estimated economic impact of $5 million to $7 million.
“Playing host to the biggest air cargo conference in the world is a shining moment for Atlanta and speaks to the region’s vast strengths in air cargo and supply chain business and to the importance of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as the gateway to global markets,” said Metro Atlanta Chamber President Sam A. Williams. “Atlanta is a global hub for the supply chain industry, creating jobs for the region while we enable companies to easily reach overseas markets.”
It is fitting that TIACA returns to its roots on its 50th anniversary. The first TIACA Air Cargo Forum and Exhibition was held in Atlanta in 1962.
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