A new cargo service between Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport and Munich, Germany, will take flight this fall.
GSP announced Tuesday that Senator International, a Germany-based global freight forwarder, will provide the round-trip service to customers in the Carolinas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia beginning Nov. 5.
The service will include two weekly departures at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and 7 p.m. on Saturdays. The planes will arrive from Munich at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and 5 p.m. on Saturdays, according to GSP.
“This is really exciting news,” said Rosylin Weston, a spokeswoman for GSP. “We are very happy Senator International will provide this service to the region.”
Senator International did not provide the names of specific customers that will use the service.
A variety of companies, including BMW Manufacturing Co., use GSP to transport freight to and from destinations around the world. The airport is also home to a 120,000-square-foot FedEx facility.
Weston said the airport district’s relationship with Senator International began in late 2011, when GSP provided an emergency air charter through the company for and Upstate customer.
“The cargo being shipped on that first flight was time-sensitive, and the service provided by the GSP team to meet our needs went way beyond our expectations,” said Tim Kirschbaum, CEO of Senator International, in a statement.
According to GSP’s website, the airport’s cargo traffic increased more than 18 percent in March, compared with the same month in 2015.
Dave Edwards, president and CEO of GSP, said in a statement the airport is “well-equipped and strategically located to assist Senator and its valued customers with successful, reliable and timely delivery of cargo.”
Edwards added that the growth of cargo services is “essential” to GSP’s business model and the airport’s goal is to deliver “efficient, cost-effective service with an emphasis on customer service that exceeds industry standards.”
GSP said the service will be for any type of cargo, including pieces that are outsize (unusually large), hazardous, standard or time-sensitive.
Kirschbaum said the company’s operations in Munich will enable it to transport cargo to and from destinations in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.
Weston said GSP is a good option for companies that need move cargo to Europe and beyond. The airport is close to Interstates 85 and 26, as well as the S.C. Ports Authority’s inland port in Spartanburg County near downtown Greer.
GSP is also nearing the end of its $125 million terminal improvement project, nicknamed Project WINGSPAN.
Site plans filed with Spartanburg County showed that airport plans to construct a 5,700-square-foot building titled its “North Cargo Building” near the FedEx facility.
Weston said the building will serve “an existing customer.” The bidding for that project has begun and construction should start soon, she said.
For more information, visit senator-international.com.