Birmingham Airport opens a new air cargo facility

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During a community celebration, the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) cut the ribbon on a new 53,000 square foot facility that they say ‘will soon be bustling with activity’.

The building was the centrepiece of a project that has helped create a new line of business for the airport.

Ronald F. Mathieu, President and CEO of the Birmingham Airport Authority said: “This facility is the result of a lot of hard work and a strong belief that Birmingham should play a key role in moving cargo in the southeast.

“The Board believed in this project and our team worked all the channels simultaneously to make it happen,”

Back in 2022, the Board took the steps to moving forward with the design of the new cargo facility. In February of 2023, the Authority joined global logistics company, Kuehne+Nagel in announcing a new partnership.

That partnership led to weekly, international cargo flights from Stuttgart, Germany into Birmingham. Since the inaugural flight in April of 2023, Kuehne+Nagel and their partners have operated the flights out of a temporary location.

Now that the project is completed, Kuehne+Nagel is leasing the facility from the airport and will begin to move their customer cargo through the building.

Mathieu said: “This business initiative required an orchestrated and rather complex series of steps on our part.

“This day really gives us the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishment, to thank our partners, and to publicly reassure this community that we understand and are committed to the mission of being an economic driver for Birmingham”.