May - June 2012

Phase one of Group VI runway improvements underway

Huntsville International Airport has closed its west runway to widen and reinforce the airport's surface infrastructure. The runway and parallel taxiway improvements began Monday, June 4, and should take up to seven months.

The Port of Huntsville's board of directors approved this $15.2 million project in May to accommodate larger airplanes, namely the Boeing 747-800 (pictured to the right), needed for air cargo transportation. Read more.

Panalpina begins regularly scheduled service to HSV with its brand new Boeing 747-8

Panalpina’s first Boeing 747-8, operated by Atlas Air, landed at Huntsville International Airport (HSV) on Saturday, June 2. The freighter flew in from Luxembourg.

This aircraft offers significant benefits with a 16 percent increase in payload over the model previously used for the Luxembourg/Huntsville route. It also boasts a 12 percent reduction in fuel burn, a 30 percent decrease in noise, and 12 percent less CO2 emissions.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection announces new port director

Dave Berry was recently promoted to port director at U.S. Customs  and Border Protection, located at the International Intermodal Center.

Berry has served in U.S. Customs for 30 years and has worked for ports of entry in Washington D.C., Los Angeles and Dallas before settling in Huntsville in 1995. He oversees five officers and three agricultural specialists, covering the entrance and clearance of goods and people into the Port of Huntsville. The Port of Huntsville's office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection annually collects more than $60 million in revenue.

Minish joins Port of Huntsville as new PR manager

The Port of Huntsville has announced Chantel Gurney Minish as its public relations manager. She joined the staff earlier this month. As public relations manager, Minish is the primary contact for the media and also manages customer relations, events, social media and community relations.

“Chantel is a very talented communications professional and an incredible fit for our organization,” said Barbie Peek, marketing director for the Port of Huntsville. “Her experience will be instrumental in helping us serve our customers and the Tennessee Valley Region.” Read more.


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