Inside Logistics

UPS adding a flight to Gary/Chicago airport

Flight will support growth in next day package demand

May 19, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky – UPS is expanding its express air network to Gary/Chicago International Airport.

Beginning November 2, 2020, in time for the peak holiday shipping season, Gary will be served by a UPS Airlines Airbus A300. The wide body cargo jet can carry more than 14,000 UPS Next Day Air packages or more than 120,000 lb.

“The Gary/Chicago International Airport is well-positioned to add additional capacity and flexibility to the UPS network, helping businesses in Northern Indiana and the Chicago area compete at e-commerce’s fast pace as they serve their customers,” UPS Airlines president Brendan Canavan said.

Next Day Air average daily volume grew 20.5 percent in the first quarter of 2020, the fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit increases.

Each weeknight, the UPS “browntail” will depart Gary late in the evening with a load of packages bound for UPS Worldport, the company’s global air hub in Louisville, KY. After sorting at Worldport, the aircraft will return early the following morning carrying thousands of express shipments scheduled for delivery later that same day.

“UPS expanding its services to GCIA provides the airport with a critical competitive advantage and solidifies its role as the Chicago region’s 3rd regional airport,” said GCIA Board Authority Chairman Timothy Fesko.

“This is the latest private sector investment bolstering our operations capability and allows the airport to provide critical benefits to the Chicago metropolitan area.”

UPS anticipates employing about 60 people at the airport, including ground handlers, administrative positions, aircraft maintenance technicians and management employees. Some will be current UPS employees who transfer to Gary, while others will be new hires. Hiring will begin later this year.

An airport facility lease includes 14,000 square feet of office space in the airport’s passenger terminal and a 150,000-square-foot ramp area, with enough space to park two A300s.