Cargo Airline Association

Air cargo and air transport has played an important part of our global economy since the dawn of aviation. Air cargo accounts for 35 percent of the world trade value carried by air and directly employs over a million people nationwide. Every one of our districts is supported by air cargo, either directly by an air cargo carrier, indirectly by industries that support air cargo, by industries that rely on air cargo, or by any one of our constituents as they go about their daily lives. It is unmistakable: without air cargo, the 21st Century economy and way of life wouldn’t be what it is today.

The Air Cargo Caucus aims to recognize the vital contributions of this industry by promoting an understanding of air cargo in Congress. The caucus will enhance Member relations with the all-cargo community, give Members the opportunity to specialize on issues impacting carriers, and allow collaboration on these issues with fellow Members of Congress. Future events will include issue briefings for Members and staff, facilitation of meetings with members of the air cargo community, and site visits to facilities nationwide that keep air cargo viable.

The Air Cargo Caucus is an excellent venue for Members to become educated about the industry and the impact air cargo has on regions, states, and worldwide.


 

Air Cargo Caucus Announces Rep. Brian Mast as Co-Chair for the 117th Congress

Air Cargo Caucus Announces Rep. Brian Mast as Co-Chair for the 117th Congress

 

WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Mitchell (MI-10), Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Rep. Brian Mast (FL-18), and Gina Zuckerman of the Cargo Airline Association made the following statement announcing Rep. Mast will be the new Air Cargo Caucus Co-Chair in the 117th Congress:

“The air cargo industry is a vital part of the global economy, and without it 21st century commerce would not be what it is today. As a Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I had the opportunity to work with many air cargo stakeholders and focus on related policy issues,” said Air Cargo Caucus Co-Chair Representative Mitchell. “That is why I co-founded the Air Cargo Caucus with Rep. Bustos. This caucus plays an important role in our work as Representatives, and while my time in Congress and as Co-Chair is coming to an end, I know the caucus is in good hands with Rep. Mast. I thank Co-Chair Bustos for being an excellent partner in this effort, as well as all the stakeholders and staff for lending their expertise.”

“I thank Representative Mitchell for his bipartisan partnership and service as Co-Chair of the Air Cargo Caucus,” said Air Cargo Caucus Co-Chair Representative Bustos. “It has been a pleasure working with him to create a platform for our region’s leaders to share best practices and connect with folks from across America to advance issues related to the industry. As we prepare for the next Congress, I look forward to serving alongside Representative Mast and welcome him to this new role. I am excited for what the future of this caucus can accomplish together.”

“There’s no doubt that the air cargo industry is a critical component of our local, state, and global economies. In Florida alone, the industry supports more than 625,000 jobs and creates over $4 billion in revenue. These numbers are only going to grow larger as our national and global economies expand, which is what makes the Air Cargo Caucus so important,” Representative Mast said. “Thank you to Representatives Mitchell and Bustos for entrusting me with the role of co-chair. There is a lot of work to be done, and I could not be more excited to get started!”

“We are thankful for Representative Mitchell’s leadership that enabled the Air Cargo Caucus to thrive since its formation in 2019 and look forward to working with Representative Mast as he assumes his new co-chair role” said Gina Zuckerman, Vice President of Legislative Policy for the Cargo Airline Association. “The Air Cargo Caucus is proof that a bipartisan group of Members can coalesce in support of a shared topic, and we anticipate growing its ranks in the 117th Congress as the Caucus continues to highlight the impact that air cargo plays throughout the country.”

Background:

The Air Cargo Caucus was launched in March 2019 by Rep. Mitchell and Rep. Bustos. The bipartisan House of Representatives caucus has 42 members and was formed to enhance relations with the all-cargo community, give Members the opportunity to specialize on issues impacting carriers, and allow collaboration on these issues with fellow Members of Congress. It helps educate Members and staff about the air cargo industry and the impact is has on regions, the nation, and the world.

In July 2019, Rep. Mitchell announced he would not seek reelection and that at the end of the 116th Congress he would retire from Congress.

Air Cargo Caucus Webinar  

Congressional Air Cargo Caucus Webinar  

On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, the Congressional Air Cargo Caucus hosted a webinar in partnership with the Cargo Airline Association. The webinar was focused on ‘Cargo Air Carrier Impacts and Response to COVID-19’. The event featured remarks by caucus co-chairs Representative Paul Mitchell (R-MI) and Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL) as well as caucus members  Representative Garret Graves (R-LA) and Representative Sharice Davids (D-KS).

The caucus members recognized the importance of air cargo in their districts and the positive impacts air cargo has on the economy. Caucus co-chairs Mitchell and Bustos highlighted how critical air cargo carriers have been in transporting PPE and medical supplies throughout the height of the coronavirus pandemic. Representative Graves specifically thanked the air cargo industry for their, “Remarkable and agile response to the coronavirus,” noting the contributions the industry made to local economies, families and small businesses by quickly reacting to surge capacity needs.

The second half of the webinar featured an industry panel with representatives from ABX Air, Atlas Air Worldwide, DHL, FedEx and UPS. Read each speaker’s biography below. The panel was moderated by Senior Vice President of the Cargo Airline Association, Yvette Rose. The purpose of the panel was for industry leaders to share some of their COVID-19 response efforts, impacts and lessons learned. The panel members also discussed looking ahead towards economic recovery and the storage, distribution and delivery of a vaccine where air cargo will play a key role.

Watch the full webinar! 

Air Cargo Caucus Webinar Speaker Bios

2019 Air Cargo Symposium: Elevating America’s Economy

On August 21, 2019, the Cargo Airline Association, in partnership with the Congressional Air Cargo Caucus and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) held the 2019 Air Cargo Symposium, which attracted more than 100 attendees to CVG.  The event focused on how the industry elevates America’s economy and touched on economic impact issues, trade and open skies, workforce development, and growth and innovation in air cargo.

2019 Air Cargo Symposium Event Summary

Air Cargo Caucus Briefing: Cargo Pilot Flight and Duty Time

On June 10, 2019, the Congressional Air Cargo Caucus held a briefing by the all-cargo air carrier industry on efforts in the area of pilot rest and fatigue mitigation.  A panel discussion among the nation’s leading air cargo experts helped inform congressional staff on this topic.

    

Jeff Carlson, Senior Vice President Flight Operations, Atlas Air Worldwide

John Maxwell, Senior Vice President Labor Relations, FedEx Express

Steve Alterman, President, Cargo Airline Association

Captain Houston Mills, Vice President Flight Operations and Safety, UPS Airlines

Bob Boja, Vice President Flight Operations, ABX Air

Air Cargo Caucus Take Off Event, March 13th

The newly formed bipartisan Air Cargo Caucus held the first take-off event on Wednesday, March 13th, in Rayburn House Office Building. Caucus Co-Chairs Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and Representative Paul Mitchell (R-MI) welcomed the crowd along with other Caucus Members.