Since February, Katowice International Airport offers new cargo direct transatlantic flights to Chicago in the United States. This is the second cargo route to North America offered by the Airport, after regular shipment connection to Hamilton near Toronto in Canada launched over two years ago.
This new freighter service was opened on the commission of Cargo & Mail Bureau of LOT Polish Airlines in cooperation with Cargojet, Canada’s leading domestic premium overnight air cargo network operator. Also, LOT and Cargojet transport goods between Katowice and Hamilton. So far, 4 500 tonnes of freight has been transported on this route.
The flights to Chicago will take place once a week and will allow for a time efficient delivery to destinations in the USA from Poland as well as from Eastern and Central Europe. “LOT reckons that carriers from Austria, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Hungary will be interested in this new route” – Cezary Orzech, press spokesman of the Airport, told to the Polish Press Agency.
Chicago was chosen as the destination point because of the large number of goods transported on this route from Poland and thanks to the very good location which enables the cargo to be flown or trucked to any city within the USA as well as Central and South America.
Katowice International Airport has the leading position amongst regional airports in Poland in terms of cargo traffic. In 2011, 12 138 tonnes of freight was transported to and from Katowice (8% growth in comparison to 2010). In terms of handling long-haul cargo charters, the Airport is the leader on the Polish market. In 2011, cargo charter flights were handled to: Johannesburg, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Moscow, Istanbul, Dallas and Chicago, and were operated by jumbo jets in most cases. The Airport in Katowice is also a base for such courier and logistics companies as DHL, FedEx, UPS, TNT.