Senator International adds weekly cargo flights from GSP to Mexico

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Senator International has added a weekly cargo flight between Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) and Querétaro Intercontinental Airport (QRO) near Mexico City.

“We are excited to support Senator International in their expansion of services,” Kevin Howell, GSP’s senior vice president and COO, said in a news release.

Howell added that the German-based freight forwarder’s new weekly cargo flights between Greenville and Querétaro represent “another opportunity for manufacturers to move materials, parts, and products quickly and more efficiently.”

Querétaro is located in Mexico’s Bajio region, which is home to automotive, aerospace, and production operations, according to the release. Senator’s weekly cargo flight to QRO departs from GSP on Sundays and returns the next day.

In 2016, Senator started twice-weekly service with its “Senator Atlantic Bridge” between GSP, Munich, and Frankfurt-Hahn in Germany. The company has steadily added flights from GSP to Frankfurt during the past 18 months due to increased demand. During the month of June, Senator will operate eight roundtrip flights from GSP per week.

“Senator International is committed to meeting the highest standards of dependability and superior customer service,” Senator International’s CEO Tim-Oliver Kirschbaum said in the release. “GSP and Cerulean Commercial Aviation are helping us meet the demands of our clients by providing safe and efficient cargo handling services.”

Cerulean Aviation was launched in 2016 by the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District to provide manufacturers with on-airport cargo facilities, buildup and breakdown of cargo, BUP transfer, bulk and containerized aircraft loading and unloading, on-call charter cargo handling, customs documentation processing, and aircraft refueling.

“The airport district started Cerulean Aviation because we saw a need for the services that we are providing, and we were confident that we could support companies like Senator International,” Dave Edwards, GSP’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “This is an exciting announcement that reinforces our commitment to expanding GSP’s cargo services.”

GSP’s cargo traffic numbers have consistently increased over the past 18 months, the news release said. The airport’s cargo numbers were up nearly 42 percent in March, with more than 11.3 million pounds of cargo traveling through GSP that month compared to more than 7.9 million pounds the year before.

GSP is preparing for future cargo growth by investing more than $15 million in a new air cargo apron, which will allow it to accommodate simultaneous Boeing 747-800 freighter operations, according to a release. It also expects to begin construction on a new 100,000-square-foot air cargo facility later this summer.

Both facilities are scheduled to be in operation by spring 2019.

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