ABC introduces scheduled freighter services at Rickenbacker Airport
April 04, 2018: Russia based freight carrier AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) is the fifth operator to introduce scheduled services at Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK) in Columbus, Ohio.
ABC’s inaugural flight will land April 5, and weekly scheduled flights will continue on Thursdays, carrying freight inbound from the airline’s global hub in Moscow and returning to Moscow through Liege, Belgium. Rickenbacker is within a one-day drive to nearly half of the US population and one-third of the Canadian population.
The carrier will employ its fleet of Boeing 747 freighters that provide up to 139 tonnes of capacity for all types of imports and exports.
“With a view to continue expansion of our footprint in the USA, Columbus has been on the radar of our business interests for quite a while,” said Sergey Lazarev, general director for ABC. “Rickenbacker’s strengths, such as proximity to distribution centres of various companies, including the fashion and apparel industries; airport and ground handling infrastructure and facilities; and the existing network of partners in the Columbus Region, ensure we can provide our clients with reliable and efficient service.”
ABC joins Cargolux, Cathay Pacific Cargo, Emirates SkyCargo and Etihad Cargo as premier freight carriers that operate up to 15 weekly international flights at LCK. Numerous world-class freighter operators also provide regular, on-demand charter services.
“We’re excited Rickenbacker’s advantages have translated to success for our forward-thinking logistics partners, which in turn drives the success of the Columbus Region,” said Joseph Nardone, president & CEO of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, which operates Rickenbacker. “Rickenbacker has grown phenomenally during the past five years, and the next five years look even more promising.”