ABC adds freighter service to Rickenbacker

AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) will become the fifth freighter operator to provide scheduled service at Rickenbacker International Airport.

The Russia-based company joins the thriving network of premier logistics service providers at cargo-dedicated Rickenbacker.

ABC will employ its fleet of Boeing 747 Freighters that provide up to 139 tonnes of capacity for all types of imports and exports. The inaugural flight will land 5 April, and weekly scheduled flights will continue on Thursdays, carrying freight inbound from the airline’s global hub in Moscow and returning to Moscow through Liege, Belgium.

ABC general director, Sergey Lazarev said: “With a view to continue expansion of our footprint in the USA, Columbus has been on the radar of our business interests for quite a while.

“Rickenbacker’s strengths, such as proximity to distribution centres of various companies, including the fashion and apparel industries; airport and ground handling infrastructure and facilities; and the existing network of partners in the Columbus Region, ensure we can provide our clients with reliable and efficient service.”

ABC joins Cargolux, Cathay Pacific Cargo, Emirates SkyCargo and Etihad Cargo that operate up to 15 weekly international flights at LCK. Numerous world-class freighter operators also provide regular, on-demand charter services.

Columbus Regional Airport Authority president and chief executive officer, Joseph Nardone said: “We’re excited Rickenbacker’s advantages have translated to success for our forward-thinking logistics partners, which in turn drives the success of the Columbus Region.

“Rickenbacker has grown phenomenally during the past five years, and the next five years look even more promising.”