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Transpacific Air Cargo Partnerships Prevail at the Alaska CargoPort in Anchorage

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TRANSPACIFIC AIR CARGO PARTERSHIPS PREVAIL AT THE ALASKA CARGOPORT IN ANCHORAGE

Anchorage, AK (March 2011) – Lynxs Group LLC, a global air cargo and transportation infrastructure development company is proud to welcome three new tenants to their Alaska CargoPort facility at Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage.  DHL Express (USA) Inc., Atlas Air, Inc. and Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc.  This transpacific air cargo collaboration quickly filled the vacuum of the Delta Airlines (Northwest) Cargo exit from Anchorage last year.

Atlas, a long time tenant at the Alaska CargoPort, relocated within the project to expand its operations with Polar and DHL.  The companies combined tenancy in the same building and ramp location will bolster their current strategic relationship.

“We are very pleased to be moving into the Lynxs CargoPort facility,” said John Dietrich, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: AAWW), the parent company of Atlas and Polar. “With Atlas and Polar in the same building, we will be able to consolidate operations, enhance our efficiency, and provide greater service and value to our customers who serve the trans-Pacific trade lanes between Asia and North America.

“Anchorage is a linchpin in our global operations and our ability to provide time-definite, route-network service,” Mr. Dietrich added. “Atlas’ ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance) and commercial charter aircraft transit Anchorage on a daily basis. And Polar conducts an almost daily transload operation there in support of its customers, including DHL Express. In addition to a home for our maintenance staff and offices for our flight operations, we’ll also be able to capitalize on CargoPort’s ample airside cargo warehouse space – a significant benefit when turning aircraft around quickly.”

These new lease agreements  indicate the viability and relevance of both the Alaska CargoPort as an important, multitenant cargo facility in Anchorage, and also in the larger sense, the continuing robustness of Anchorage as not only one of the world’s major technical stops, but also one of the most important cargo transfer points in North America.

The location of the Alaska CargoPort at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport offers carriers a unique opportunity provided by legislation expanding and liberalizing cargo transfer rights for the Alaska International Airport System.  The Stevens Amendment and further Department of Transportation Exemptions allow U.S. and non-US carriers to interline, transfer on-line between flights, employ change of gauge service, and commingle U.S. and non-U.S. traffic on the same flight.  The Alaska CargoPort exists as the only privately owned multitenant facility designed specifically for cargo transfer.  This allows Alaska CargoPort tenants to take advantage of partnerships and alliances, reducing operating costs and increasing efficiency.

John Parrot, Ted Steven Anchorage International Airport Manger stated, “The geographic location of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, the liberal regulatory environment for cargo transfer, low rates and fees, a partner airport in Fairbanks and the infrastructure provided by both the airport and in this case Lynxs, makes a nearly unbeatable combination when looking for a safe, reliable, efficient location to maximize the revenue opportunities of moving international cargo.  It is a pleasure to see the opportunities taken advantage of and expanded.”

The Alaska CargoPort currently has opportunities for other companies to be on site with direct access on the airport operations area (AOA).  Six dedicated hardstand parking positions with in-ramp fueling to support aircraft ranging from MD-11’s to 747-800’s are available for lease.  Modern offices, open warehouse with cross-dock features, a maintenance shop, and ground space for GSE staging and operations are available for immediate occupancy.

 

About Lynxs Group LLC

 

Lynxs Group LLC is a privately owned Austin, Texas based international real estate development company specializing in air cargo and related transportation infrastructure facilities at airports worldwide. Lynxs partners with airports worldwide to create new air cargo infrastructure, and/or redevelop existing yet outdated air cargo or related infrastructure. As a full service real estate firm with in-house development, acquisition, property management, and leasing capabilities Lynxs is a recognized leader in its sector. A highlight of previous Lynxs projects includes Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Anchorage, Alaska (ANC) and Vienna International Airport (VIE) among others. Lynxs recently completed the largest  airport cargo facility in Latin America based on annual throughput, at El Dorado International Airport in Bogota (BOG), Colombia.

Leasing inquiries for Alaska CargoPort can be directed to Gretchen Rickard at +1 (907) 243-0390 or gretchen.rickard@lynxs.com.

Please see www.lynxs.com for more information. Corporate inquiries can be directed to Lindsey Chastain at +1 (512) 539-2210 or at lindsey.chastain@lynxs.com.

 

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Lynxs Reaches Financial Close in Bogotá, Colombia

Bogotá, Colombia –July 1, 2010 marks the official closure of the competitive tender for the air cargo development and operating rights and upon completion and full build-out the project – Lynxs Bogotá CargoPort™ – will encompass in excess of 800,000 square feet (c. 75,000m2) of airside air cargo and ancillary facilities at BOG.

Lynxs Bogotá CargoPort™ will have direct airside access and dedicated aircraft ramp area, the first phase was delivered at lease signing and the relocation of existing airport tenants will start immediately. The design and development of these state-of-the-art air cargo facilities represents a new era of economic growth for the Colombian export sector and signals the advent of Latin America leading the way in developing highly sophisticated aviation infrastructure. Lynxs Group Partner Robert Althuis said, “this project is representative of the redevelopment and modernization of critical infrastructure in prospering emerging economies around the world, the systems and facilities designed and developed here fuel economic growth, reduce the overall impact on the environment, and greatly enhance the operating efficiencies for our air cargo tenants.”

Despite turbulent times in the air cargo sector due to the worldwide slowdown in trade, Opain and Lynxs are optimistic about the long-term prospects of the air cargo market at BOG. “Besides a vibrant export community, Bogotá has unique geographical characteristics that make it an ideal regional logistics hub. Further, Opain has a very proactive and commercially savvy airport management team and all those factors combined make the business case for this air cargo development very compelling and something we want to be part of,” said Althuis.

About Lynxs Group LLC

Lynxs Group LLC is a privately owned Austin, Texas based international real estate development company specializing in air cargo and related transportation infrastructure facilities at airports worldwide. Lynxs partners with airports worldwide to create new air cargo infrastructure, and/or redevelop existing yet outdated air cargo or related infrastructure. As a full service real estate firm with in-house development, acquisition, property management, and leasing capabilities Lynxs is a recognized leader in its sector. A highlight of previous Lynxs projects includes Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Chicago O’Hare (ORD), and Anchorage, Alaska (ANC) among others. Lynxs is currently developing a new airside development at Vienna International Airport (VIE) in Austria and recently secured the rights to develop the new air cargo facilities at ORD, YYC, and SNN.

Leasing inquiries for Lynxs Bogotá CargoPort can be direct at Maurice Thorin at +57 (310) 268 4156 or maurice.thorin@lynxs.com.

Please see www.lynxs.com for more information. Corporate inquiries can be directed to Lindsey Chastain at +1 (512) 539-2210 or at lindsey.chastain@lynxs.com.

Lynxs Announces New Cargo Facilities in Bogotá, Colombia

Lynxs Group LLC, a global air cargo and transportation infrastructure development company, and Sociedad Concesionaria Operadora Aeroportuaria Internacional S.A. (Opain), the private operator of Bogotá El Dorado International Airport (BOG) in Bogotá, Colombia, have signed a long-term Lease Agreement for Lynxs to be the exclusive operator of the air cargo area at BOG.

Bogotá El Dorado International Airport is the largest air cargo airport in Latin America as measured by annual throughput in metric tonnes. The Lease Agreement marks the official closure of the competitive tender for the air cargo development and operating rights and upon completion and full build-out the project – Lynxs Bogotá CargoPort – will encompass in excess of 800,000 square feet (c. 75,000m2) of airside air cargo and ancillary facilities at BOG.

Lynxs Bogotá CargoPort will have direct airside access and dedicated aircraft ramp area, the first phase was delivered at lease signing and the relocation of existing airport tenants will start immediately. The design and development of these state-of-the-art air cargo facilities represents a new era of economic growth for the Colombian export sector and signals the advent of Latin America leading the way in developing highly sophisticated aviation infrastructure. Lynxs Group Partner Robert Althuis said, “this project is representative of the redevelopment and modernization of critical infrastructure in prospering emerging economies around the world, the systems and facilities designed and developed here fuel economic growth, reduce the overall impact on the environment, and greatly enhance the operating efficiencies for our air cargo tenants.”

Despite turbulent times in the air cargo sector due to the worldwide slowdown in trade, Opain and Lynxs are optimistic about the long-term prospects of the air cargo market at BOG. “Besides a vibrant export community, Bogotá has unique geographical characteristics that make it an ideal regional logistics hub. Further, Opain has a very proactive and commercially savvy airport management team and all those factors combined make the business case for this air cargo development very compelling and something we want to be part of,” said Althuis.

About Lynxs Group LLC

Lynxs Group LLC is a privately owned Austin, Texas based international real estate development company specializing in air cargo and related transportation infrastructure facilities at airports worldwide. Lynxs partners with airports worldwide to create new air cargo infrastructure, and/or redevelop existing yet outdated air cargo or related infrastructure. As a full service real estate firm with in-house development, acquisition, property management, and leasing capabilities Lynxs is a recognized leader in its sector. A highlight of previous Lynxs projects includes
Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Chicago O’Hare (ORD), and Anchorage, Alaska (ANC) among others. Lynxs is currently developing a new air cargo development at Vienna International Airport (VIE) in Austria and recently secured the rights to develop the new air cargo facilities at ORD, YYC, and SNN.

Leasing inquiries for Lynxs Bogotá CargoPort can be direct at Maurice Thorin at +57 (310) 268 4156 or maurice.thorin@lynxs.com.

Please see www.lynxs.com for more information. Corporate inquiries can be directed to Lindsey Chastain at +1 (512) 539-2210 or at lindsey.chastain@lynxs.com.

Lynxs and Shannon Airport Authority to Explore Major Cargo Hub

Shannon, Ireland –Lynxs Group, a global airport cargo facility company, and Shannon Airport have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the purpose of jointly developing a major international logistics hub and business facility at Shannon Airport, which is managed by the Dublin Airport Authority, the owner of Ireland’s three State Airports.

The agreement is a significant step towards the delivery of a state-of-the-art international cargo facility on a 200,000 square-feet (approximately 19,000 square-meters) site at Shannon Airport.

“The outstanding site design and location form an attractive real estate offering for new entities looking for cargo space, as well as the existing tenants currently at Shannon,” Lynxs Group Executive Director Anthony Jackson said, adding that the modern infrastructure to be put in place with customized options for tenants will make cargo handling easier.

The prime location of the Lynxs site will offer great access for tenants at Shannon Airport, which serves as the main airport in the West of Ireland with more than 3.1 million passengers traveling through in 2008, along with six North American routes
and 40 European routes.

The planned cargo port would be built at a cost of $15 million and would include aircraft parking configurations, an immediate taxiway and access to public roads. Preliminary building specifications for the cargo facility also include clear spans, chilled and freezer storage, air-conditioned offices, heated warehouse space, and automobile parking for office and warehouse

Shannon Airport has also provided Lynxs with rights for the development of any and all on-airport cargo facilities on the site until it is fully occupied. Lynxs anticipates a groundbreaking event by mid 2010 with the final stages of construction to be completed by early 2011 for what will be the first new cargo development project in over 10 years.

“The Lynxs CargoPort at Shannon would be the next chapter in the proud legacy of this airport. We are also confident that the onset of passenger pre-clearance for the US this year at Shannon, which will become the first airport outside the Americas with this facility, will also have future positive implications for cargo as well. This would be another significant strategic advantage for a major international cargo port at Shannon,” Lynxs Group President and CEO Ray Brimble said.

Lynxs Group is currently in discussions with major airlines and several cargo handling companies, including existing tenants at the airport, Brimble added. The state-of-the-art new cargo facility will be made available at competitive rates to current tenants and they will also be encouraged to play a major role in the development of an innovative cargo plan for Shannon. This would be the first phase in the overall project.

The parties are also currently planning a Phase II stage which would begin in the next five to ten years to further develop cargo and airport related facilities.
About Lynxs Group

Raymond J. Brimble serves as the President and CEO of Lynxs Group, LLC and Anthony Jackson serves as the Executive Director; Brimble’s business portfolio combines entrepreneurial, managerial and academic accomplishments spanning a thirty-year career. Mr. Jackson previously was an executive for a Danish-owned, multi-national group for more than twenty years and collaborated with Mr. Brimble in a joint venture involving computer-printer supplies manufacturing; building on their business relationship, in 2001 Mr. Jackson was asked by Brimble to join forces in the expansion of Lynxs Group to Europe and beyond. Through the years, both Brimble and Jackson have become known for bringing together numerous elements such as people, ideas, capital, research and expertise into one focused effort toward a common goal. http://www.Lynxs.com

Leasing inquiries can be directed through Executive Director Anthony Jackson on behalf of Lynxs Group at +44 (0) 1992-560-566 at anthony@jackson-proes.com or anthony.jackson@lynxs.com

Lynxs CargoPort Poised for Success as the First Site Manager at New Cargo Area for O’Hare International Airport

CHICAGO, Illinois – Lynxs Chicago CargoPort, LLC, an industry leader in the development of airport cargo facilities, recently was granted a 35-year-ground lease at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD).

The Chicago City Council passed an ordinance in mid-January of this year and Lynxs Chicago CargoPort promptly began proceeding with construction plans for building the 900,000 square-foot-site in the new northeast cargo development area at O’Hare Airport. The state-of-the-art cargo facility also includes plans for four exclusive, large cargo aircraft parking positions on the site.

“The outstanding location chosen by the City for the cargo facilities expansion at O’Hare brings our company great pride and true appreciation to the City,” Lynxs Chicago CargoPort Managing Partner, Ray Brimble said, adding, “the facility fulfills the City of Chicago’s commitment made over five years ago to our company to identify a new home for its cargo facilities.”

As the first new on-airfield cargo project in the past several years, the Lynxs Chicago CargoPort project anticipates a groundbreaking event by early 2010 with the final stages of construction to be completed by 2011.

Lynxs Chicago CargoPort is currently in discussions with three major airlines and several cargo handling companies to commit in the first half of 2009, and numerous inquiries coming in from other potential tenants, Brimble said.

The new $70 million Lynxs project will be built in compliance with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver standards, a visionary aspect of the Lynxs project plan, as it is one of the highest-rated sustainability standards, making way for an efficient and environmentally-friendly facility. The project will include in-ramp, hydrant fueling, aircraft parking configurations for the newest generation of 747-8 aircraft, as well as for accommodations for front-loading aircraft, and an immediate taxiway and runway access through its own taxiway connector system.

The prime location of the Lynxs Chicago CargoPort site provides great access for its new clients at O’Hare, the second busiest airport in both the United States and the world, just behind Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Currently, Lynxs Chicago CargoPort is reviewing financing options to construct the facility once tenants are finalized.

As the airport also plans for the development of other new cargo facilities, the Lynxs Chicago CargoPort site is uniquely positioned as an independent location with its own infrastructure package, and therefore any other projects to be built near the company’s new site at O’Hare Airport will not affect the site’s stand alone project construction plans.

About Lynxs Chicago CargoPort, LLC

In 1997, Lynxs Chicago CargoPort, LLC was founded for the purpose of owning and operating the Lynxs CargoPort at O’Hare; Raymond J. Brimble serves as the Managing Partner of Lynxs Chicago CargoPort and he is also the Founder of Lynxs Holdings; Brimble’s business portfolio combines entrepreneurial, managerial and academic accomplishments spanning a thirty-year career. Through the years, Brimble has become known for bringing together numerous elements such as people, ideas, capital, research and expertise into one focused effort toward a common goal. http://www.lynxs.com

Leasing inquiries can be directed through John Suerth, SIOR, Senior Vice President at CB Richard Ellis, +1 847 706 4929, john.suerth@cbre.com and also with Marianne Scudder on behalf of Lynxs Chicago CargoPort, LLC, at +1 (512) 539-2222, marianne.scudder@lynxs.com

GECAS announces public – private partnership in Swedish air cargo infrastructure

STOCKHOLM , SWEDEN – GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS), working with its Lynxs Group affiliate, has contracted to acquire a 50% interest in Nordic Airport Properties (NAP). The remaining 50% is held by Swedish Airports and Air Navigation Services (LFV).

NAP has a portfolio of nine existing properties at the three major air cargo gateways of Sweden: Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmo airports. In addition, NAP plans to develop a number of additional cargo properties to accommodate strong growth in the Swedish market. The total transaction is valued at over $115 million, with a closing scheduled for mid July.

GECAS and LFV will consider cooperation in other areas than cargo properties.

About GECAS
GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) is the commercial aviation financing and leasing business of GE and part of GE Infrastructure. GECAS has a fleet of 1,450 owned aircraft leased to more than 230 airlines in 70 countries, and manages over 300 aircraft for others. GECAS offers a wide range of aircraft types and financing options, including operating leases and secured debt financing, and also offers productivity solutions including spare engine leasing, and spare parts financing. GECAS has also expanded into airport infrastructure. GECAS has offices in 24 cities around the world. http://www.gecas.com

About LFV
LFV is a Swedish State enterprise and a provider of airport services and is the national provider of air navigation services. LFV owns and manages 16 airports in Sweden, 2 air traffic control centres, and 38 air traffic control towers. In 2006, LFV’s airports handled 29.6 million passengers, over 400,000 metric tons of air cargo, and approx. 680,000 over-flights. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at http://www.lfv.se

About Lynxs
Lynxs Group, a GECAS affiliate based in Austin, Texas, is an international air cargo developer that currently owns and operates 12 air cargo facilities including: Austin, Texas, Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago O’Hare (ORD), San Francisco, the Alaska CargoPort at Anchorage (ANC) and the Vienna, Austria Airport (VIE). http://www.lynxs.com

GECAS announces public – private partnership in Swedish air cargo infrastructure

STOCKHOLM , SWEDEN – GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS), working with its Lynxs Group affiliate, has contracted to acquire a 50% interest in Nordic Airport Properties (NAP). The remaining 50% is held by Swedish Airports and Air Navigation Services (LFV).

NAP has a portfolio of nine existing properties at the three major air cargo gateways of Sweden: Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmo airports. In addition, NAP plans to develop a number of additional cargo properties to accommodate strong growth in the Swedish market. The total transaction is valued at over $115 million, with a closing scheduled for mid July.

GECAS and LFV will consider cooperation in other areas than cargo properties.

About GECAS
GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) is the commercial aviation financing and leasing business of GE and part of GE Infrastructure. GECAS has a fleet of 1,450 owned aircraft leased to more than 230 airlines in 70 countries, and manages over 300 aircraft for others. GECAS offers a wide range of aircraft types and financing options, including operating leases and secured debt financing, and also offers productivity solutions including spare engine leasing, and spare parts financing. GECAS has also expanded into airport infrastructure. GECAS has offices in 24 cities around the world. http://www.gecas.com

About LFV
LFV is a Swedish State enterprise and a provider of airport services and is the national provider of air navigation services. LFV owns and manages 16 airports in Sweden, 2 air traffic control centres, and 38 air traffic control towers. In 2006, LFV’s airports handled 29.6 million passengers, over 400,000 metric tons of air cargo, and approx. 680,000 over-flights. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at http://www.lfv.se

About Lynxs
Lynxs Group, a GECAS affiliate based in Austin, Texas, is an international air cargo developer that currently owns and operates 12 air cargo facilities including: Austin, Texas, Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago O’Hare (ORD), San Francisco, the Alaska CargoPort at Anchorage (ANC) and the Vienna, Austria Airport (VIE). http://www.lynxs.com

European Expansion Announced by International Cargo Ports Firm

AUSTIN, Texas – Lynxs CargoPorts strengthened its management team with a recent senior appointment at the company, extending full commercial and technical support throughout Europe to leading air cargo handling operators.

Anthony Pink joined Lynxs CargoPorts as European Technical Director effective in March of this year with offices based in the vicinity of Frankfurt, Germany, to provide coverage for Lynxs operations throughout Europe.

As a chartered structural engineer, Pink has more than 20 years experience in construction management gained during consulting projects and assignments throughout Europe.

“With a stellar track record at numerous premier companies, Anthony Pink provides a true competitive edge to Lynxs clients based on a combination of both his management expertise and pragmatic technical solutions,” said Ray Brimble, chairman and founder of Lynxs CargoPorts.

Previously with the Simons Group, a leading design and construction company for distribution facilities across the UK, Pink served as director of distribution projects and will continue to remain as a consultant to the company.

“I am very pleased to be joining Lynxs at this pivotal economic turning point for both the European business climate and the global cargo industry. I look forward to developing cost effective and ecologically designed cargo handling facilities for air-sea-road systems throughout Europe and beyond,” Pink said.

About Lynxs CargoPorts:
Lynxs CargoPorts, LLC, is an international CargoPort™ developer with its global headquarters in Austin, Texas. A highlight of Lynxs CargoPort projects includes Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and the Alaska CargoPort at Anchorage (ANC). Recently Lynxs CargoPorts expanded in Vienna, Austria and Lynxs Chairman Ray Brimble co-partnered the GlobalPort project, effectively bringing DHL to Riverside (RIV) airport in California as the DHL West Coast Hub. Look for other announcements in coming months regarding additional European project expansions.  As an international distribution facility provider for emerging regions, Lynxs CargoPorts is the reliable, one-stop global real estate solutions manager.  http://www.lynxs.com

Lynxs Holdings to Build Air Cargo Facility at Vienna International Airport

Austin, Texas (PRWEB) – Lynxs Holdings, LLC is the first third-party developer to build an air cargo/logistics facility at the Vienna International Airport (VIE) in Austria. The facility will be a Lynxs CargoPort™, an on-airport intermodal building that facilitates smooth transition from air transport to ground transport.

The facility will be located in the Cargo Nord area of VIE airport which is the same area where FedEx, UPS, Menlo, DHL and TNT are located and will be approximately 300 meters from the cargo aircraft parking ramp. The 15,000 square meter design will include plentiful truck docks, clear span construction and lots of parking and outside storage.

Lynxs Holdings Chairman, Ray Brimble states, “We’ll be working closely with Vienna International Airport to provide regional cargo transit solutions. We are excited about the prospect of expanding our European operations even further and we feel VIE is an excellent location to anchor the process.”

The project team includes Raymond Brimble, Vienna Project Manager Anton Bondi, and Lynxs European Director Anthony Jackson. Jackson notes, “This is certainly a new arrangement for Vienna, but we feel it will be very well received in this marketplace.

Private developments bring an added competitive dimension to any airport in Europe and we believe that Central European air cargo and logistics users will want our product as an addition to the public/private partnership being fostered at VIE these days.“

Bondi, the Viennese project manager adds, “Our designs will combine the best of both American and European features and will be built to the highest standards by an Austrian contractor under supervision of the Lynxs team.”

Lynxs Holdings, an international CargoPort™ developer is based in Austin, Texas. CargoPort projects include Houston Intercotinental Airport (IAH), Chicaco O’Hare (ORD) and the Alaska CargoPort at Anchorage (ANC) In addition, chairman Ray Brimble is also co-partnered in the March GlobalPort project which brought DHL to Riverside (RIV) airport as the DHL West Coast Hub. Lynxs is currently expanding throughout Europe and will be announcing other European projects in the near future.

Contact information:
Ray Brimble
Phone: 512.530.2536
http://www.lynxs.com

DHL Picks March ARB

02:30 AM PST on Saturday, December 11, 2004
By KIMBERLY TRONE / The Press-Enterprise

Express delivery giant DHL announced plans Friday to open a cargo distribution center at March Air Reserve Base by the fall of 2005, ending months of angling by the region’s largest airports and renewing vows of opposition from area residents.

Supporters say DHL will be an economic catalyst to replace hundreds of jobs lost when March was downsized to a reserve base in 1996. “This is a really huge deal for Riverside County and the areas impacted by the base closure,” said Gregory Diodati, managing partner for the airport’s private developer, March GlobalPort, which will lease the future hub to DHL.Diodati said the contract should be sealed Wednesday when the March Joint Powers Authority is expected to approve a 16-year airport operations agreement with DHL. The proposal outlines a number of incentives including discounted fueling and landing fees.

The authority is made up of Riverside County and the cities of Moreno Valley, Perris and Riverside. Its mission is to redevelop surplus military property at March. March GlobalPort has a long-term agreement with the authority to attract private development to the airport that is also used by the military.

Move Will Mean Jobs
DHL spokesman Jonathan Baker said the cargo center is expected to employ 250 people initially and generate some $65 million in new construction and other associated costs. Economists say hundreds of other jobs that would be located near the shipping giant would generate millions more dollars to the local economy.

The hub slated for March is the eighth regional sort center to be announced as part of the German-based company’s $1.2 billion North America expansion. In its initial phase, the March operation would have eight planes a day, Baker said. Friday’s announcement by DHL ends a nearly yearlong race between March and San Bernardino International Airport to land DHL as an anchor tenant.

“Certainly it (the decision) is not what we were hoping for in San Bernardino,” said Don Rogers, interim executive director of the San Bernardino International Airport Authority. “This is bad news for our effort to bring a major cargo company to San Bernardino and a disappointment.”

Rogers said he thought that DHL is making a mistake in going to March, given the community opposition from residents of the nearby Orangecrest area who filed a lawsuit against the March Joint Powers Authority to block the project.

Foes Promise Battle
Catherine Barrett-Fischer, leader of the opposition group, said it would ramp up opposition to the DHL project by whatever legal means necessary. The group opposes the cargo port because there will be some nighttime flights. “We fear that now the area will simply become a center for low-paying, low-density, highly polluting warehouses and transportation facilities,” Barrett-Fischer said. “Our neighbors will have to continue long-distance commuting to find suitable employment in the coastal counties.” Others think otherwise.

“This will be the final step in what has been a fair and open approval process,” Rep. Ken Calvert R-Corona, said by e-mail, adding that the DHL’s presence would improve March’s survival in next year’s round of base closures.

Since DHL is not named in the lawsuit filed by Orangecrest-area residents, spokesman Baker said he could not comment on the suit. “We look forward to building positive relationships, particularly in areas where we have a company presence,” Baker said. “We will work with local officials and the local community to help ensure that happens.”
Perris Mayor Daryl Busch, vice-chairman of the March Commission, said he is confident the lawsuit against the March authority is without merit.

“(DHL) brings something very needed to the airport and will lend great support to the (Air Force) Reserves as far as costs,” Busch said. “And, of course there are the jobs and economic development it is going to bring to the community.”

Lingering Concerns
One March commissioner said Friday he has lingering concerns about who will shoulder the burden if March does not survive next year’s closures.  “If the reserves withdraw or reduce their flights, then the cost of operating the airport could fall completely on the (March Joint Powers Authority) and DHL,” Riverside County Supervisor Bob Buster said. “How those costs would be shared is one of my concerns.”

GlobalPort’s managing partner Diodati said the joint power authority and its local members are protected from financial liability. “We are the ones taking all the risks,” Diodati said
The March authority is poised to issue up to $35 million in tax-exempt bonds for construction of the 380,000-square-foot cargo hub. Diodati said GlobalPort might seek conventional funding instead.

Economist John Husing said the presence of DHL at March could change the competitive circumstances of the Riverside County region while not having much long-term impact on San Bernardino. “There is going to be enough for everybody and the area that really needs a competitive boost is the March (Joint Powers) area.”

Reach Kimberly Trone at (951) 368-9456 or ktrone@pe.com
Reporter Phil Pitchford contributed to this report.