|Vol. 21 No. 13||
Tuesday March 22, 2022
Remember our exclusive story last August of how The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey cancelled cargo leases and turned over most of a thriving, working Newark Airport Cargo area to Amazon leaving several companies including SAS Scandinavian Airlines Cargo, Air Canada, Lufthansa Cargo and IAG holding the bag, whilst scrambling for handling space to service customers
The EWR cargo tenants had no other choice but to pack up and get out to local space where they could find it, or over to JFK International.
EWR, as a cargo community, was gutted with service mostly left to JFK International which has maybe the worst-choked highway system going in and out of any major airport in the world.
In our more than 47 years of publishing we cannot recall another example of an airport operator with such indifference toward the welfare of its airport tenants, its air cargo business and its local community as demonstrated by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey..
Since last August there have been some citizens residents protests, but what with COVID, things getting organized have been muted.
But now dozens of residents, community leaders and environmental activists gathered last Thursday at 4 World Trade Center to protest the plan at the first public hearing on the plan.
Amazon will hurt minority communities, take away high-paying union jobs and increase air pollution and truck traffic in nearby neighborhoods was the message.
Protestors say the Port Authority-driven vote to go ahead last summer was a shotgun deal, a last minute opus without proper public comment.
About 75 demonstrators picketed and voiced opposition during the first in-person meeting since they went virtual.
Speakers from community organizations in Newark and Elizabeth were in attendance voicing their concerns of how Amazon will destroy the quality of life in surrounding communities.
The deal is supposed to add 1,000 jobs (wow!) to Newark Airport under a 20-year lease for a regional air cargo hub. Amazon adds $125 million to redevelop two 1990s vintage buildings (that airport tenants were kicked out of) into a 23 acre, 250,000-square-foot air cargo facility.
Lufthansa Group Station Manager EWR Marc Suhr expressed the frustration of many, when he said:
“Cargo is not the only affected operation with this Amazon deal.
“Several other third-party providers are being heavily impacted in a negative way and the Port has no solution as of yet.”
Meantime employees who worked for airlines and others at the existing facilities have asked the authority what happens to the union jobs they had?
This weekend Baseball in America begn. Good to remember what the late Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra of Montclair, NJ once said:
“It ain't over 'til it's over."
“All is well” is word
up from the House of McCool in Dublin this March.
Air Cargo Pioneer and the father Sean McCool at 90, pictured in his St
Patrick’s Day hat celebrating with family at home looks in fine
“I am very happy to see that some normalcy in business life is coming back,” said ATC Aviation Services AG Chief Executive Officer Ingo Zimmer, pictured here with Group Markting Manager Dagmar Hanau.
“Our industry is very much a people’s business and the networking and exchange of ideas is very important.
“Yes, the COVID crisis was a driver of digital communication, and no one wanted to miss the teams and Zoom calls that have proved to be very effective.
“Nevertheless during two weeks in March the air cargo industry resumed two big exhibitions.
“So far ATC is two for two having exhibited big time at both Air Cargo Americas and Intermodal South America just last week in Sao Paulo as described here.
“At ATC we are all for caution but we also value in person, knowing, to win it you must be in it.
“Honestly, while not holding our breath, what we expected from these first steps back to regular industry events was a very low level of attendance.
“The word up from our teams, including President and Managing Director USA Timothy Pfeil and Mark Thiermann, Regional Director for South America was very positive.
“The March ahead for ATC Aviation in Miami and Sao Paulo by any measure was a great success.
“Our sincere thanks to everyone who came by to say hello and shared time with us at these events.
“Happy to report that it seems everybody was just waiting for the chance to gather together again.”
Back in Germany where the first flowers of Spring 2022 are appearing, ATC awaits pretty little May when the head office team and others from the best GSSA outfit in the world, including Mr. Zimmer and Dagmar Hanau will be off in force on the road to Air Cargo India May 31-June 2, 2022 in Mumbai.
“It is great to think that to a certain extent business is back to normal,” Ingo Zimmer said.
Jack delivers experienced product marketing with a demonstrated history of working in the airlines/aviation/freight forwarding industry.
Jack also has a nose for news so here goes:
“This week many cities in China have been locked down,” Jack said.
“Particularly Shenzhen, Dongguan and many other cities in the Southern part of China where right now cargo is almost at a standstill.
“Factories are closed; Trucks are parked!
“Cross border Hong Kong and Shenzhen trucking frequencies are really hard to find.
“Costs for trucking you do find are over the moon, @ three times regular cost.
“HK air export affected slow-down right now as stoppage means cargo cannot arrive at HKIA.
“In a word business is miserable for air cargo ex-China or via HK,” said Jack Lo.
And you don’t feel this year like maybe you are born on a lousy day?
“Never” said Jack Lo with a hearty, “Cheers to everyone!”.
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