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Ohio cargo gateway to benefit from US$15m FAA grant


Columbus Regional Airport Authority (CRAA) has confirmed that Rickenbacker International Airport, the cargo-focused air gateway in Ohio for which it is responsible, is slated to receive US$15 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for airport improvements.
The improvement, which will include runway upgrades, are expected to support a significant increase in cargo activity at the airport over the next 20 years.
Rickenbacker is among those US gateways that are expected to benefit from the US's Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 that made available an additional $1.5 billion of supplemental Airport Improvement Programme funding.
This budget deal was signed into law in February 2018, reports London's Air Cargo News.
"The FAA grant and these improvements align with Rickenbacker's growth strategies over the next two decades," observed Joseph Nardone, president and chief executive of CRAA.
Located in Columbus, Ohio, Rickenbacker International Airport is dedicated to air cargo. It is located within a single day's drive of nearly half of the US population as well as one-third of Canada's.
It serves important freight carriers such as AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), Cargolux, Cathay Pacific Cargo, China Airlines Cargo, Emirates SkyCargo and Etihad Cargo. FedEx and UPS also fly through Rickenbacker, adding express cargoes to the freight carried by these big freighter operators.
Last month, ABC confirmed that it would double its scheduled freighter operations through Rickenbacker to a twice-weekly frequency.

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