Aurora Air International to establish its world headquarters at MidAmerica
The announcement fills in a critical gap in the trade lane the airport and Ningbo Lishe International Airport in China have been working on since their airports’ announcement at the 2012 ACF in Atlanta.
The decision to base at MidAmerica came about because Aurora Air Cargo recognized the site and operations as a key step in its plans to open Asian and Latin American trade lanes that will serve unique and needed support for perishable and pharmaceutical supplies from the Midwest USA.
“As airplanes start to operate out of MidAmerica a new, closed, safe, certified, secure cold chain will be available to USA Midwest product shippers to and from Asian and Latin American with less handling and ground movement than is available today,” said Aurora President Carlos Smith.
He added “Asian and Latin American shippers will enjoy this route as their goods, especially perishable goods, are not double and triple handled in the USA enroute to the other continent.”
At the ACF 2014, joining MidAmerica and Aurora, was Mr. Feng Jianhan, Vice General Manager of Ningbo Airport and Logistics Development Group Co., LTD. In 2012, Mr. Chen Yi, Director International Business Development, Ningbo Logistics and Airport Administration joined for the airports’ partnership announcement in Atlanta. Ningbo and MidAmerica have been engaged in a joint cooperation agreement for marketing and trade support helping efforts for freight to be collected for airlines using the MidAmerica to Ningbo and return routing. Latin America destinations are being included as well.