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24th AUGUST 2016  
Top Executive Position change at Çelebi Aviation Holding
Çelebi Aviation Holding made an announcement about the Group CEO.

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16th August 2016

Mr. Onno Boots, Çelebi Aviation Holding Group CEO since 2014, decided to leave his position effective August 15, 2016.

Mr. Can Çelebioğlu, Çelebi Aviation Holding Chairman, stated that the Board of Directors respects Mr. Boots’ decision and is pleased that Mr. Boots will continue to be engaged as a consultant to Çelebi for its planned initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region. The board of Çelebi Havacılık Holding has now initiated a search process to identify a new CEO and expects that transition to take place in the near future. During this process, Mr. Dave Dorner will assume the leadership responsibilities and act as interim CEO of Çelebi Havacılık Holding effective from August 16th 2016. Mr. Dorner is an Operating Partner at Actera and has been a member of the board of Çelebi Havacılık Holding since 2013.

The Board of Directors thanked Mr. Boots for his contribution as Group CEO and wished success to Mr. Dorner for this interim assignment.

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Chapman Freeborn and Volga-Dnepr deliver logistics support for Solar Impulse 2’s historic round-the-world trip
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12th August 2016

Solar Impulse 2’s historic mission to become the first solar-powered aircraft to circumnavigate the globe and to showcase that clean technologies can achieve the impossible was successfully achieved with the logistics support of Chapman Freeborn and Volga-Dnepr Airlines.

The Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) project chose Chapman Freeborn and Volga-Dnepr to provide comprehensive logistical assistance with the provision of both Cargo & Passenger chartered aircraft to transport spare parts, mobile hangar and the technical team to support the record-breaking round-the-world trip which started in March 2015 and came to a triumphant conclusion at the end of last month. The aircraft landed back in Abu Dhabi on 26 July 2016 after completing 23 days of flight and covering a distance of 43,041km over the course of its 17-leg journey.

In addition to providing the Solar Impulse team with highly-responsive support aircraft including a Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ IL-76TD-90VD and an ATR-72 for the mission, Chapman Freeborn’s Wings 24 in-house flight support team helped to manage the project’s operations, ranging from flight permits and customs clearances to ground handling and immigration arrangements for the transport airplanes.

The accompanying support aircraft were responsible for transporting over 25 tonnes of technical equipment as well as flying crew members and personnel throughout the mission. This required significant flexibility by Volga-Dnepr, which ensured an IL-76TD-90VD was on standby ready to support Solar Impulse 2 and be mobilized at extremely short notice. Pierre van der Stichele, Cargo Business Development Director at Chapman Freeborn, said: “Chapman Freeborn is honoured to have provided specialist support for the Si2 mission throughout its journey around the world. The challenge for all innovators is doing things that have not been done before – so we’re extremely proud to have been involved in this aviation industry first. The project required all of our global charter market expertise as we were working around Si2’s changeable flight schedules - with support solutions required in Asia, North America, Europe, and North Africa. We would also like to thank Volga-Dnepr for its professionalism for assisting in ensuring the cargo always reached its destination safely and on time.”

Georgy Sokolov, Regional Sales Manager at Volga-Dnepr Airlines, added: “Volga-Dnepr Group is strongly committed to improving the environmental efficiency of its fleet and to embracing all levels of aviation innovation so it was a special pleasure for us to play a long-term role in the historic achievement of the Solar Impulse 2 team. This demanded a level of flexibility far beyond a usual charter operation as we had to be ready to mobilize our aircraft at extremely short notice. It was also appropriate that the modernized IL-76TD-90VD supporting Si2 features significantly improved operating efficiencies and lower emissions. As an industry, we must always be evaluating new technology that can make flying greener and more efficient and right now, in terms of showing what aviation may look like in the future, there is no better example than Solar Impulse 2.”

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ATSG's Second Quarter Results On Track Toward 2016 Targets
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WILMINGTON, OH – August 8, 2016

Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (ATSG), the leading provider of medium wide-body freighter aircraft leasing, air cargo transportation, and related services, today reported consolidated financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2016.

For the second quarter of 2016, compared with the second quarter of 2015:

• Revenues increased 19 percent to $176.5 million. Excluding revenues from reimbursed expenses, revenues increased 13 percent. This increase included contributions from thirty-five Boeing 767 cargo aircraft leased to external customers at June 30, six more than a year earlier. Eight of those thirty-five leased 767s were operating for Amazon Fulfillment Services Inc. (AFS), a subsidiary of Amazon.com, which ATSG began serving in September 2015.

• Pre-tax Earnings from Continuing Operations were $18.8 million, compared with $17.2 million in the prior-year period. Adjusted Pre-Tax Earnings from Continuing Operations, as defined in our Earnings Summary later in this release, declined slightly to $16.3 million from $16.7 million, reflecting $2.6 million in ramp-up costs stemming primarily from flight crew compensation and training for the expanding Amazon and DHL CMI operations. Adjusted Pre-Tax Earnings from Continuing Operations exclude non-cash charges associated with pension costs, lease incentive amortization, and the effects of financial instrument transactions, including a non-cash mark-to-market adjustment in the value of stock warrants granted to Amazon in March.

• Adjusted EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization) from Continuing Operations, as adjusted for the same items excluded from Adjusted Pre-Tax Earnings, increased 2 percent to $52.1 million.

• Net Earnings from Continuing Operations on a GAAP basis were $11.5 million, or $0.12 per common share diluted in the second quarter, versus $10.6 million, or $0.16 per share a year ago. The 2016 Net Earnings from Continuing Operations include non-cash, after-tax effects of lease incentive amortization and the mark-to-market adjustment for stock warrants. Diluted Earnings per Share exclude the mark-to-market gain, net of tax, associated with the stock warrants.

• Adjusted Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations for the second quarter of 2016 were $0.13 per share diluted and excludes the lease incentive amortization as well as the mark-to-market adjustment for the stock warrants, net of tax. Adjusted Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations were reduced by approximately $0.02 per share for the incremental ramp-up costs of the expanded customer CMI operations referenced above.

Adjusted Pre-Tax Earnings, Adjusted EBITDA, and Adjusted Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations are non-GAAP financial measures. Each is defined and reconciled to comparable GAAP results in tables later in the release.

Joe Hete, President and Chief Executive Officer of ATSG, said, “Our operating performance across the board in the second quarter was strong, and yielded financial results that met or exceeded our targets. Last week, we leased and began operating the tenth of twenty 767 freighters we will fly for Amazon. We expect margins to improve substantially in the second half as we approach our year-end 2016 target of forty-three dry-leased 767 freighters, and increase from twenty-two to thirty the number of those we operate for customers under multi-year CMI agreements. We have increased acquisitions of 767-300 airframes, and have secured the conversion slots to satisfy strong customer demand.”

Revenue diversification continued to increase in the second quarter. DHL accounted for 37 percent, Amazon 22 percent, and the U.S. Military 13 percent of ATSG's second quarter 2016 revenues. That compares with 48 percent of revenues for DHL and 18 percent for the U.S. Military in the second quarter of 2015. Amazon became an ATSG customer in September 2015.

First-half capital expenditures were $125 million, versus $76 million in the first half of 2015. That included purchases of seven Boeing 767-300 aircraft, three in the second quarter, plus freighter modification costs for those and other aircraft, capitalized maintenance costs, and payments for other ground and maintenance equipment. Due to an acceleration in the rate of aircraft purchases to meet 2017 freighter demand, ATSG's 2016 capital spending is now projected to total $315 million, of which $235 million is budgeted for fleet expansion.

In May, ATSG again increased its access to growth-related credit by amending the credit facility agreement with its bank consortium. The amendment increases by $100 million, to $425 million, the revolver portion of the facility and provides greater flexibility for the company to execute share repurchases. The interest rate structure is unchanged. Outstanding debt against the revolver was $240 million at June 30, 2016. Leverage against EBITDA was approximately 1.8 times at quarter-end, and the variable interest rate on the revolver balance was 2.2 percent.

ATSG spent $7.7 million to repurchase 0.55 million shares of its common stock in the open market during the second quarter. That does not include a negotiated $50 million direct purchase in July of 3.8 million shares from a fund affiliate of Red Mountain Capital Partners, ATSG's largest shareholder. Accordingly, those 3.8 million shares were removed from the company's diluted share count beginning in July.

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IATA: Cargo Chartbook - Q2 2016
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Released 28th July 2016

Key points from our quarterly report on the air freight industry and markets:

• "Brexit" vote is a materialization of a key downside risk, global economic growth is expected to decelerate in 2016.

• Air cargo has continued to outperform global merchandized trade, but growth remains weak.

• Sluggish trade outlook, "Brexit" aftermath and weak demand drivers suggest an impending halt in positive air freight momentum, but after short-term shocks abate strong consumer confidence and low oil prices can reenergize growth.

• Flooding-in of capacity, weak trade, lower yields and rising fuel costs can lead to taking a bite out of cargo profitability.


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MIAMI, August 3, 2016

Miami International Airport officials hosted the airport’s first e-Air Waybill (e-AWB) workshop on August 2 for nearly 180 local cargo shippers and airline representatives, with the goal of making air cargo logistics at MIA virtually paperless – and keeping America’s top international freight airport on the forefront of new technology.

Through a partnership with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), MIA became one of the first six U.S. cargo hub airports this year to launch the e-AWB 360 campaign – an effort designed to eliminate printing costs, replace manual data entry with a vastly more efficient and reliable digital system, and pave the way toward a completely e-freight cargo industry locally.

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At the August 2 workshop, representatives from the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, IATA’s Cargo Network Services, American Airlines, the Florida Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association, the Transportation Security Administration and global supply chain provider Panalpina discussed the benefits of digitizing the air waybill – the contract of carriage between shippers and airlines, and the most important document in the air cargo business.

IATA, the trade association for the world’s airlines that represents 265 airlines or 83% of total air traffic, developed the educational campaign to accelerate the adoption of the e-AWB at the top 50 airports around the world. MIA is joined by 16 airlines – all of which serve MIA, minus one – that have committed to participating in the e-AWB 360 campaign and are urging their shipping customers to do the same.

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“In addition to leading the country in global freight shipments and perishable imports, we want to lead the way in transport innovation as well,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González. “Launching the e-AWB campaign is the latest way that we are modernizing our cargo operations and simplifying the process for our business partners.”

MIA is developing a number of additional innovations in its cargo area, including: Pharma.aero, an alliance created by MIA and Brussels Airport in May to grow the global pharmaceutical cargo business through a collaborative network of the world’s top airports; a Foreign Trade Zone magnet site designation, which would allow a variety of manufacturers to lease vacant property at MIA and have their tariffs deferred, reduced or eliminated; and the Cargo Optimization, Redevelopment and Expansion (CORE) Program, a comprehensive concept to modernize MIA’s existing cargo operation and double its capacity.

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Russian aviation experts join Neutral Air Partner in Abu Dhabi U.A.E
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July 29, 2016

The International ATLP forum with participation of top officials and experts from the Russian air cargo supply chain, will be held in the United Arab Emirates – Abu Dhabi, on September 25 – 28, 2016 together with the 1st international air cargo conference of Neutral Air Partner, the global network of leading aviation specialists and air cargo architects.

Miroslav Zolotarev, the Chairman of ACEX Alliance, says: “Our cooperation with Neutral Air Partner will allow our partners to have access to the premier global network of aviation specialists, air cargo professionals and vendors to the trade . Through this partnership we aim to drive air cargo expertise, revive specialization and buying power across the Russian and CIS air cargo supply chain.”

The first event took place on May 31, was attended by officials from the entire Russian air cargo industry, including representatives of airports and customs authorities, Airlines , Forwarders & Aviation providers ,Russian and international associations and mass-media.

“Russia is a very important market for the aviation and air cargo industry, and the best way for us to explore this trade was no other than partnering with the leading alliance of local and independent Russian air cargo professionals such as ACEX. We are delighted to welcome ACEX as well the ATLP forum that will take place in Abu Dhabi on the 27th of September in conjunction with the Neutral Air Partner opening global meeting from the 25th to the 28th of September, “ says ChristosSpyrou, the founder and CEO of Neutral Air Partner.

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Miami, USA, Monday, 25th July, 2016

Denis Choumert, Chairman of the European Shippers’ Council (ESC), has been appointed to The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) Board of Directors.

Choumert has held high-level operational roles in engineering and project management, as well as procurement, transport and logistics with both the Technip and Italcementi Groups in a career spanning over two decades.

He was appointed ESC Chairman in 2012 and holds director level appointments on several other Transport Associations.

"As chairman of the ESC, which represents European Shippers' interests but also works actively with Asian and American Shippers' associations within the Global Shippers Alliance, I am honoured to be able to join TIACA's Board," said Choumert.

"Representing the end customers of the air freight industry, I am committed to working with all partners to make air freight more attractive to my constituents as well as more efficient, safer, and more environmentally friendly.”

Choumert joins the Board just three months after TIACA formed a Shippers’ Advisory Council, giving shippers from a cross-section of industries a forum to raise concerns and discuss challenges with all sectors of the air cargo community.

He is a graduate in Engineering of the Polytechnique School in Paris and also has an MBA from INSEAD Business School.
Choumert has been chairman of AUTF, the French Shippers’ Association, since 2005 and was also a Board Director of Ports de Paris and Réseau Ferré de France (the French Rail Network).

He is a Board Director for Voies Navigables de France (the French waterways) and AFTRAL (professional training).

“TIACA is committed to representing all sectors of the air cargo industry and we believe it is vital to have a shipper voice on our Board of Directors,” said Sanjiv Edward, TIACA Chairman.

Choumert will be taking part in a panel discussion on Multimodal Opportunities and Challenges in Europe, chaired by TIACA’s ex Vice Chairman Enno Osinga at the Air Cargo Forum (ACF) in Paris, France this October.

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Chairman of the European Shippers' Council, joins TIACA Board

The panel is part of three days of panels and workshops from October the 26th to 28th at the Porte de Versailles in Paris, France, focusing on issues including Disruptive Innovation, the new EU Customs Code and e-freight.

Shippers including Chanel, TOSOH Corporation, and Sodexi are amongst the panelists.

The ACF will bring together thousands of airfreight decision makers to visit exhibitors from across the global air cargo supply chain.

Exhibitors include United Airlines, Brussels Airport, and Chapman Freeborn, as well as Emirates SkyCargo, Heavyweight Air Express and Forward Air, amongst others.

The European Shippers’ Council will be hosting an Air Cargo Summit during the ACF, bringing together airlines, forwarders, and shippers for a frank discussion on how to improve the industry.

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Air Cargo Services of Vietnam Go Live with Hermes in Hanoi
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Jul 25, 2016

Hanoi, the bustling capital city of Vietnam is fast becoming a world hub for electronics R&D and manufacturing companies. Quick, secure air cargo handling plays a key role in the global footprint and product delivery of these electronics innovators and thus we are extremely happy to have recently implemented our market leading Hermes Cargo Management System at ACSV.

"We are confident that the installation of Hermes will revolutionise our cargo handling operations, empower ACSV with deeper integration of cargo management and documentation which will boost ACSV's reputation and improve services beyond our customers expectations", said Mr. Vuong Thanh Binh - CEO of ACSV.

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Hermes Logistics Technologies Chief Operating Officer, Simon Elmore added, "The need for super-fast, super-safe and super-quality handling is of paramount importance to the growing air cargo handling market in Hanoi. Hermes' high level of user configuration, process monitoring and integrated warehouse controls made it an ideal fit for ACSV's operation. ACSV are already successfully processing cargo-packed Boeing 747 freighters with efficiency and accuracy and the controlled rollout of their handled airlines will continue in the coming weeks."

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ICV Partners Announces Acquisition of Universal Turbine Parts, LLC
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NEW YORK, July 22, 2016

ICV Partners, LLC (ICV), a leading investment firm focused on investing in lower middle market companies, announced today the acquisition of Universal Turbine Parts, LLC (UTP), which specializes in selling refurbished turboprop engine components and engines. Farol Asset Management, L.P. and funds and accounts advised by Neuberger Berman Private Equity invested alongside ICV in the transaction. Founded in 1993, UTP is one of the world’s largest distributors of aftermarket turboprop aircraft engines and engine parts. The company specializes in the PT6 and PW100 engine platforms manufactured by Pratt & Whitney Canada that power more than 14,000 aircraft worldwide in commercial and military use and are among the most popular engines in its class. Based in Prattville, AL, UTP offers an expansive inventory, including many hard-to-find engines and parts, and high caliber customer service to its 1,200 global customers. Cory Mims, Managing Director of ICV Partners, said, “UTP supplies parts and replacements for one of the most successful engines in aviation history and the company is virtually in a class of its own in terms of its in-stock parts that are readily available. Led by a strong and experienced management team with terrific industry contacts, we see continued growth by leveraging the expertise of the management team and skilled sales personnel to expand to other engine platforms and build its position as a significant supplier to its global customers.”

Joel Plake, Chief Executive Officer of UTP, said, “The aftermarket we serve continues to grow as the existing installed base of PT6A and PW100 engine platforms age and come due for maintenance and replacement. With the support of our new partners at ICV, UTP will further develop our industry leading position as we identify new opportunities to support our existing customers as well as identify new opportunities in the aviation aftermarket.”

Mr. Mims added, “The acquisition of UTP fits ICVs strategy of partnering with existing management to buy market leading businesses in the middle market and we continue to evaluate a robust pipeline of attractive opportunities in which to invest.”

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MIAMI, July 26, 2016

On July 26, Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) officials welcomed a group of executives from Kagoshima, Japan, who traveled to South Florida as part of its Sister Cities International partnership with the City of Miami. The delegation toured Miami International Airport (MIA) and learned about its passenger and cargo hub operations, as well as the airport’s pursuit of direct passenger service to Asia.

“It was a pleasure to host the Kagoshima delegation and share our efforts to make MIA a global gateway,” said MDAD Director Emilio T. González. “Our innovative programs and consistent growth continue to attract international attention, and we welcome the opportunity to strengthen our relationships with key cities around the world.”

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Miami-Dade Aviation Department Director Emilio T. González (fifth from left); Mayor of Kagoshima Hiroyuki Mori (middle); MDAD Chief of Staff Joseph Napoli (fourth from right); Consul General of Japan in Miami Ken Okaniwa (second from right); and MDAD Deputy Director Ken Pyatt (far right).

MDAD representatives have had several meetings recently with Japanese aviation officials to discuss the potential for direct flights from MIA. MDAD met with All Nippon Airways (ANA) executives in early June at the International Air Transport Association Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit in Dublin, Ireland, which was followed by ANA representatives visiting MIA on June 27 for another round of discussions. Representatives from Narita (Tokyo) International Airport also traveled to Miami in April to learn about MIA’s growth management and redevelopment plans.

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Ethiopian Cargo services appointed New General Sales and Service Agents in Italy and France
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21st July 2016

Ethiopian Cargo, the largest cargo network operator in Africa, appointed Air consult sas and ATC Aviation Services SA as its new General Sales and Service Agent in Italy and France effective from June 24, 2016 and July 16, 2016 respectively.

ATC Aviation Services SA, a Germany based General Sales and Service Agent, with its around 45 years of experience is one of the global cargo sales and service agent with 32 offices worldwide. The company has already been serving as a General Sales and Service Agent of Ethiopian airlines in Germany and Austria. Similarly, Air consult sas has been operating in the airline industry for more than 24 years as general sales and service agent.

Mr. Fitsum Abady, Managing Director Ethiopian Cargo Services, remarked, “As a customer focused airline, we always strive to offer our customers the best service . Appointing these two well experienced cargo GSSAs will surely improve our accessibility to the market, increase market share and improve customer service delivery in our major cargo hub, Europe. Hence, we call up on our valued customers in Italy and France to use these outlets and benefit the huge, seamless Frighter and Passenger cargo capacity.”

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Ethiopian Cargo Services is the second largest Strategic Business unit of Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Group and has become a full-fledged profit center beginning September, 2013. It operates to 35 freighter destinations of which 21 in Africa, 11 Middle East and Asia and 3 in Europe with its eight latest aircrafts including Boeing 777-200 LR and B757 freighters.

The Airline also avails more than 507,000 tons cargo capacity every day in the belly of wide body passenger aircraft to 93 destinations across the Globe.

Ethiopian Cargo, a multi-award winning cargo service provider, is currently building one of the largest cargo terminals in the world with an annual capacity of 1.2 million tons with a cost of 107 million Euros and at present 65% of the first phase with 600,000 tons capacity has completed.

In line with vision 2025, it aims to be one of the the most competitive and leading Global cargo operator by providing Fast, Safe, reliable, market driven and customer focused cargo, courier and mail transport services with annual revenue of US$ 2 Billion, annual uplift of 820,000 tons, serving 37 international destinations, earning annual profit of US$ 200 million and operating 19 jet aircraft.

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Elevated roadway connects MIA to State Road 826 and West Miami-Dade above busy local streets

MIAMI, July 18, 2016 – On July 15, officials from Miami-Dade County, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the City of Doralcelebrated the completion of the elevatedNW 25th Street Viaduct, a $63 million project that now allows approximately 5,000 cargo trucks daily to travel directly to and from Miami International Airport’s West Cargo Area and avoid local traffic congestion.

“Modernizing our cargo area is critical to maintaining our position as America’s busiest international freight airport and one of the busiest in the world,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González. “N.W. 25th Street is the main artery for ground traffic between MIA’s cargo area, the busy warehouse district west of MIA, and Florida’s highway system, so the completion of the viaduct is a major milestone for our airport and ultimately, our local, state and national economy. Congratulations to the FDOT for bringing this important project to fruition.”

The viaduct, or raised bridge, provides a continuous link for cargo traffic traveling to and from MIA above street lights and local traffic on N.W. 25th Street. The viaduct also offers westbound cargo traffic a direct connection to northbound State Road (SR) 826. It now connects with the previously constructed east viaduct, goes over the 826 expressway, and touches down just east of N.W. 82nd Avenue.

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The new viaduct now provides a dedicated, expedited and safe ground transport connection for MIA’s valuable cargo business. More than $52 billion in trade came through our airport in 2015, which was 93 percent of all the air trade to Florida and 37 percent of the air and sea trade to Florida. Nationally, MIA handles more than 66 percent of all the perishable imports to the U.S., including nearly 90 percent of all the flowers imported to our country. In total, $2.7 billion worth of perishables came through MIA last year.

The Viaduct Project is among a number of cargo enhancements introduced recently and on the horizon. Last November, MIA became the first airport in the U.S. and only the second in the world to be designated as a pharmaceuticals freight hub by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). MIA was recognized for organizing its pharma logistics providers to undergo IATA’s Pharma Certification Program, which certifies that pharma products are transported in accordance with global best practices.

To attract new business opportunities and better utilize vacant cargo and non-terminal areas, MDAD is in the process of establishing a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) Magnet Site on MIA property. Potential site users would activate individual zones or sub-zones that qualify them for deferment of tariffs to stimulate international trade and diversify business activities at the airport. With a projected launch date of early 2017, the MIA FTZ has the potential to generate $7.7 million annually in lease revenue and create an estimated 1,500 jobs at MIA. MDAD this year is also finalizing its Cargo Optimization, Redevelopment and Expansion (CORE) Program, a comprehensive plan to modernize the airport’s existing cargo operation and double its capacity.

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