Claiming “to advance
JFK International Airport’s place as an international cargo handler,” a “place” that the airport once upon a time dominated
from its opening in 1948 until the early 1990s when more than half of
all airborne cargo in USA transited the facility, airport operator The
Port Authority of New York & New Jersey signed a deal to allow JFK
Air Cargo LLC to lease a new 250,000 sq. ft. cargo transfer facility to
be built with $70 million in private funds at the airport.
The Port Authority said it is putting up $13
million toward site preparation work and needed roadway improvements.
Located on 16.2 acres of property in the North Cargo Area, the JFK Air
Cargo LLC facility is projected to be completed anytime between 24 months
and two years.
The JFK Air Cargo LLC news is heralded by
the airport operator as part of a grand plan for the airport that calls
for a $13 billion redevelopment, with most of that money to be raised
via private funds, earmarked for passenger facilities.
In 2017, Aeroterm JFK II LLC signed a long-term
lease for a 346,000-square-foot cargo handling facility, yet to be built
the past . . . Some of our favorite people from back
in the day that are still in our hearts and minds, true air cargo
pioneers at JFK International Airport.
You might notice two pictures of Ed
First he was the go-to-guy at Pan Am
Later he was the man, who built the
team that put Emirates SkyCargo on the map in the USA.
Ed is still at it somewhere, with an
adult beverage close by, we hope.
The lady in the middle, Dolores Hofman, today is Program Manager,
Queens New York Airport Development Council, but above all a dear
heart, and a great air cargo pioneer.
Dolores would not take no for an answer
when she began her airport cargo career as a forklift truck cargo
driver inside Pan Am’s cavernous Building 67 at JFK International.
Next to Dolores, is somebody you would
like to have behind you anytime.
Jim Larsen, first at Seaboard World
Airways, and later as Port Authority Cargo boss helped build and grow
New York air cargo and the JFK Air Cargo Association.
He was also in the World Trade Center
September 11, 2001 and actually walked down 65 floors from his cargo
office in Tower One, whilst saving lives by helping others.
Today happily retired, Jim lives with
his wife Annette in nearby Lakehurst, New Jersey.
Isaac Nijankin, who was “Mr. Air
Cargo” at Varig Brazilian Airlines Cargo and later Cargo Air
Lines, during a distinguished thirty plus year air cargo career, pioneered
and supported every effort to advance the industry. Isaac was very
instrumental at the start up of TIACA, where he worked for, and supported
that organization for many years.
Isaac and his wife Monique are retired,
but still heard from occasionally from their home in Long Island,
Precious memories . . .