New cargo facility for Greenville-Spartanburg

Written by: Alwyn Brice |
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Greenville-Spartanburg International airport has just celebrated the opening of a US$33m air cargo facility.

This will significantly increase the airport’s ability to handle domestic and international freight. In recent years air cargo volume and demand for freight services in the south eastern US has increased dramatically.

“The opening of our new air cargo facility will begin a special new chapter for GSP,” commented Dave Edwards, the airport’s President and CEO. “GSP’s ability to be a hub for cargo has attracted many companies to the Upstate since the 1960s. This new facility allows GSP to take the region’s logistics infrastructure to new heights.”

The 110,000 square foot cargo facility and its 17 acre apron will allow the airport to accommodate up to three Boeing 747-800 freighter aircraft simultaneously, tripling the airport’s previous handling capacity.Senator International, a German-based freight forwarder, will lease half of the facility to support its Senator Atlantic Bridge flights from GSP to Frankfurt-Hahn, with twice-weekly connecting service to Johannesburg.

“Senator International is very proud to celebrate this new milestone and together with the South Carolina business community, the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District, all our valued clients and business partners, we will continue to grow the air cargo operation here at GreenvilleSpartanburg International airport,” said Tim Kirschbaum, Chairman and CEO of Senator International.

Senator’s new location is tailor-made to serve their international client base by offering overhead crane capabilities with lift capability up to 20 tonnes and a Cyro Farm which can be used to cool specialised healthcare equipment. The new design and set-up will enable Senator to optimise its processes and meet the timelines of its clients by guaranteeing faster lead times.

GSP’s efficiency and ability to handle a wide range of cargo services have become well known in the aviation industry. In 2018, the airport handled 119mi pounds of cargo, including more than 550 horses competing in the World Equestrian Games in Mill Spring. The airport is a hub for automotive parts, vehicles, and medical equipment.

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