Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport is adding an international cargo route beginning in November.
According to a release from GSP, German-based cargo hauler Senator International will begin moving cargo between the Upstate and Munich, Germany twice per week.
“GSP is well-equipped and strategically located to assist Senator and its valued customers with successful, reliable and timely delivery of cargo,” said Dave Edwards, president and CEO of GSP, in a press release. “The continued growth of cargo services is essential to our business model. Our goal is to deliver efficient, cost-effective service with an emphasis on customer service that exceeds industry standards.”
In 2011, GSP worked with Senator International to provide an emergency air charter for an Upstate business. After that initial flight, the two began working on a scheduled international cargo service between GSP and international destinations.
“The cargo being shipped on that first flight was time-sensitive, and the service provided by the GSP team to meet our needs went way beyond our expectations,” said Tim Kirschbaum, CEO for Senator International, in a statement.
The two roundtrip flights will be on Saturdays and Wednesdays. According to the press release, the Wednesday flights will arrive at GSP at 4 p.m. and depart for Munich at 6 p.m. Saturday flights will arrive at GSP at 5 p.m. and depart for Munich at 7 p.m.
Officials said the new international cargo service will be able to handle various types of cargo “including pieces that are outsize (unusually large), hazardous, standard or time-sensitive.”
“Products like this, which allow the overall supply chain process to run smoothly, are the keys to success for our customers. We are looking forward to many customers benefitting from this special new product, which will also service any air cargo to and from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland,” Kirschbaum said.
According to its website, Senator International has a North American headquarters in Miami and has services in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Diego. In Mexico, the company has services in Mexico City, Monterrey, Puebla and Guadalajara. The company has services in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom in Europe.
Since January, GSP has seen a steady increase in the amount of cargo traffic coming into and out of the airport. In March 2016, the airport reported moving 2,832 tons of cargo, an 18.4% increase over the same time a year ago. In 2015, the airport moved 29,454 tons of cargo, a 4.1% decrease over 2014.