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Awards and New Service for
Bush Airport Cargo Operation

April 2, 2012

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Once again, George Bush Intercontinental Airport received international attention for its cargo operation.
The cargo operation at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) had two major celebrations take place in March 2012: a top place finish in the premiere industry excellence survey and the arrival of new service to Manchester, England.

The recognition comes from Air Cargo World, a trade publication widely recognized as the global news authority on air logistics and freight transport.

For the eighth consecutive year, Air Cargo World conducted a survey asking airlines to rank airports in four key areas: performance, value, facilities and regulatory operations.

The airports are divided by region as well as overall activity, with Houston falling into the North American category with facilities handling between 400,000 and 999,999 tons of freight on an annual basis.

Bush Airport received the highest overall score in its category, topping airport facilities located in Atlanta, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Indianapolis and Oakland.

“This recognition is important to us because it comes directly from our customers,” says Luis Aviles, air cargo development manager for Houston Airports.  “The companies involved with this survey know this industry very well and they know which airports are leading the charge in the area of customer service. That’s why it’s so gratifying to receive top marks from them year after year.”

George Bush Intercontinental Airport has been recognized as the top airport facility in its category for six of the past seven years.

Good news also arrived to Bush Airport in the form of new air cargo service to Manchester, England. Lufthansa Cargo began operations between the two destinations on March 29, 2012. The German-based carrier is offering one flight per week to Manchester, featuring the MD-11F aircraft.

“This is the second new market Lufthansa Cargo has brought to Houston within the past year,” says Aviles. “So we’re building a very strong partnership that’s going to continue to pay dividends for both sides in the future.”

Aviles says the new service from Lufthansa Cargo is the result of a strong growth pattern that’s been visible within the IAH cargo operation for more than a year. In 2011, annual cargo totals at IAH increased by 6.1 percent over the totals recorded the previous year.
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