One of the innovations about which the air cargo industry learnt more during the Air Cargo Americas & SeaCargo Americas 2017 conference and exhibition, held this week in Miami, was Miami International Airport’s publicly unveiling of its Cargo Flight Tracker.
MIA’s Cargo Flight Tracker is billed by the airport operator, Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD), as “the first web-based cargo flight information display system in the US that allows cargo shippers, freight forwarders, customs brokers and logistics providers to easily view real-time cargo flight information on their mobile devices while on the go”.
Previously, cargo flight data was only available by contacting or researching individual airlines, the airport pointed out. “Now, cargo handlers have MlA’s minute-by-minute schedule of daily cargo flights in the palm of their hands – saving valuable time and fuel costs when planning freight pick-ups and deliveries.”
MDAD officials hosted a live demonstration of the Cargo Flight Tracker for Air Cargo Americas & SeaCargo Americas exhibition attendees on a large-screen monitor.
“The MIA Cargo Flight Tracker is the latest example of how we are leveraging technology to streamline and optimise our cargo operations,” said MDAD director González.
“Thanks to this new tool, our local cargo industry can spend less time and money waiting in traffic for cargo shipments, because now they have real-time flight information at their fingertips.”
As the busiest US airport for international airfreight, MIA’s cargo activity generates a local workforce of nearly 8,000 freight forwarders and couriers, and is the primary supporter of 425,344 cargo-related jobs in the Florida economy.