United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS) has launched its Next Day Air Service operations at Gary/Chicago International Airport.
Each weeknight, UPS aircraft will depart GCIA for the company’s global air hub in Louisville, KY carrying thousands of express packages.
The aircraft will return to Gary early the next morning carrying thousands of packages to be delivered that day.
The logistics company announced in May it would start its daily flight of express package delivery before the holiday season.
“By offering further cargo operations service, we continue to fill our role as a critical component in the Chicago regional air system, while also serving as a key economic engine for the Northwest Indiana region,” said GCIA Board Authority Chairman Timothy Fesko.
The UPS agreement includes 14,000 square feet of office space in the airport’s passenger terminal as well as a 150,000 square foot ramp.
The company says the ramp space will provide room to park two A300s and an additional 5,800 square feet of hangar space to help support their operations.
UPS says it expects to employ about 60 people at the Gary facility, including ground handlers, administrative positions, aircraft maintenance technicians and management employees.
The company says some will be current UPS employees who transfer to Gary, while others will be new hires. Hiring will begin later this year.