Sept/Oct 2012

HSV Moves Up in Ranking for International Cargo

Huntsville International Airport (HSV) is now ranked No. 14 in the nation for international air cargo. Previously, the airport was ranked No. 16.

In 2011, HSV handled almost 90,000 tons of international freight. Coupled with domestic freight, HSV's total air cargo volume 2011 was 103,020 tons - or 206 million pounds. This was a 32 percent increase year-over-year.

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See the list of the airports in the Top 20.

Port of Huntsville Raises More Than $17,000 for United Way

Each year the Port of Huntsville and its employees embark on an annual campaign to raise money for the United Way of Madison County. 2012's campaign so far marks the highest contributions ever collected by employees. Money raised comes from individual contributions and raffle ticket sales for an iPad.

"United Way of Madison County is so thankful for the support and generosity of the Port of Huntsville employees. It is truly remarkable for an organization to increase their giving by more than 13 percent in one year," said Alicia Grice, campaign specialist with United Way of Madison County. "Port of Huntsville exemplifies the leadership in the community that is necessary for United Way of Madison County to serve its clients."

Panalpina Highlighted for Its Temperature-controlled Shipping

As recently reported in industry trades, one-fifth of Panalpina's air cargo moved on specific routes within its own controlled air freight network is temperature-sensitive cargo today. In the first half of 2012, 20 percent of Panalpina's air cargo moved on its own Luxembourg-Huntsville route was temperature-controlled.

Read Panalpina's news release.

Vandeberg Returns to Port of Huntsville as Director of Operations

The Port of Huntsville has hired Kevin Vandeberg, A.A.E., as its new director of operations. Previously, Vandeberg spent 17 years at the Port of Huntsville, moving up in his career from an intern to assistant director of operations to finally director of operations.

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Five-year Capital Improvement Project Nearing Completion

Huntsville International Airport is drawing near to the end of its final phase of a five-year, $92 million improvement plan. The last phase of the project is the baggage claim expansion and renovation.

Passengers can already see the improvements as they walk across the new second floor mezzanine leading down into baggage claim. All traffic lane barriers have also been removed along the terminal front and a pathway connecting baggage claim and ticketing (pictured above) was recently opened. The entire project will be completed this Fall.

Improvements already completed include a new checkpoint security area, public waiting area, flight information display systems, concessions, a 1,300-space parking deck expansion and a new baggage claim area.