Seoul-based freighter operator Asiana Cargo completed its inaugural scheduled flight between Wuhan, China and Rickenbacker International Airport this weekend, as part of a partnership with APEX Logistics.
Asiana Cargo’s inaugural flight landed on 24 August, kicking off weekly scheduled flights carrying freight from Wuhan, stopping at the airline’s hub in Incheon International Airport, before flying to Rickenbacker International Airport.
The move marks the entry into Columbus, Ohio for both the airline and freight forwarder APEX Logistics.
“APEX Logistics has a long-term vision to grow and connect Asia directly to the Midwest US market through Rickenbacker and Chicago International Airport,” said Elsie Qian, chief executive officer (CEO), Americas at APEX.
“Rickenbacker’s unparalleled geography and speed to market, along with the freight-friendly mentality of the region, will set us apart from competitors.”
Asiana joins AirBridgeCargo, Cargolux, Cathay Pacific Cargo, China Airlines Cargo, Emirates SkyCargo and Etihad Cargo to operate up to 20 scheduled weekly international flights at Rickenbacker. Numerous operators also provide regular, on-demand charter services.
“By focusing their growth strategy on Rickenbacker, APEX and Asiana Cargo are able to connect China and key Asian origins directly with nearly half of the US and one-third of the Canadian populations from one convenient, reliable location,” said Joseph Nardone, president & CEO of Columbus Regional Airport Authority, which operates Rickenbacker.