Airglades International Airport is one step closer to become an all-cargo airport after the Federal Aviation Administration deemed its application “substantially complete”.
The application under the Airport Investment Partnership Program for the airport in Clewiston, Hendry County, Florida passed the milestone with the publication in the Federal Register for a 30-day notice-and-comment period ending on 18 September.
AvPORTS has been selected as the airport operator and Star America as a private investor and equity provider in the all-cargo and perishables airport to be located at the General Aviation Airglades Airport.
Fred Ford, president of Airglades airport (AIA) says the decision represents a major boost for long-term plans to develop a logistics complex to reshape the flow of perishable goods from Latin American producers to US consumers.
He says: “Much more work still needs to be done, but this airport represents a big win for consumers, airlines, and perishable suppliers, offering streamlined logistics to reduce cold chain disruptions, while reducing trucking and airport congestion.”
Ford adds that the Federal Aviation Administration, US Customs & Border Protection, Transport Security Administration and the United States Department of Agriculture.
Jennifer Davis, administrator of Hendry County applauded the private infrastructure, saying the project could not have come so far without private partners and investment.
She says: “We’ll be upgrading our general aviation facilities while bringing much-needed infrastructure improvement and jobs to support this innovative, perishable goods facility.”