Airglades International Airport (AIA) in Florida is to be developed into a dedicated US-Latin American air cargo logistics hub.
Private investors will turn AIA from a general aviation airfield into a specialist freight airport, for all-cargo, but with a particul focus on perishables from Latin American markets.
The US Federal Aviation Administration has deemed a public-private partnership application comprising of Hendry County, Florida and AIA under the Airport Investment Partnership Program (AIPP) to be “substantially complete”.
The FAA has selected AvPORTS as airport operator and Star America as a private investor and equity provider, in a new all-cargo and perishable goods airport to be located at the current General Aviation Airglades Airport in South Florida.
AIA president, Fred Ford said: “Today’s actions represent a major boost to our long-term plans to develop a new state-of-the-art logistics complex that will dramatically reshape the efficient flow of perishable goods from Latin American producers to U.S. consumers.”
He added much more work needs to be done, but the airport represents a “big win for consumers, airlines, and perishable suppliers, offering streamlined logistics to reduce cold chain disruptions, while reducing trucking and airport congestion”.
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