North America trends represent a question mark
In May, Etihad Cargo announced a second air cargo route in and out of Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus, Ohio. The bump-up of freighter service out of Rickenbacker came to accommodate Trinity Logistics, which carries apparel from the Indian subcontinent to US retailers, and to support US export growth to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
Turns out, the new service was instrumental in the increase in air cargo numbers boasted recently by Rickenbacker and symbolic of the resurgence of air cargo markets globally in recent months. Cargo imports and exports at Rickenbacker rose 21 percent in the first half of 2017, and the airport credited that spike largely to the increased service from Etihad and Trinity Logistics, as well as a 2016 Emirates expansion and the June 2016 opening of Air Cargo Terminal 5.
The new Etihad service out of Rickenbacker—which began May 12—serves Colombo, Columbus, and Abu Dhabi, while the first service—which began in the summer of 2016—continued to operate on the Colombo–Columbus–East Midlands–Abu Dhabi route. Victoria’s Secret, GAP, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Speedo, and Abercrombie & Fitch are some of the retailing importers taking advantage of the new services from the Indian subcontinent. Aviation components manufactured by Lockheed and Raytheon form a major part of the increased US exports being carried on the flights…
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