Atlanta to focus on airfreight

ATLANTA Airport is planning on increasing its market share of cargo, with backing from the new local mayor.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is already the busiest passenger airport in the world, but was knocked out of its lowly 30th position for freight last year by Mumbai

Mayor Kasim Reed said he wanted to “clear hurdles” to improve cargo at at Hartsfield and told members of the Atlanta Air Cargo Association: “I’m going to need your help to do it.”

Reed is looking to Cuba as a potential point of growth. “We are well-positioned to be a portal,” for Cuban goods and services, he said.

“Atlanta must be the most dominant city in the Southeast region, and we must defend that [position] at all costs,” Reed said.

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