Qatar Airways adds cargo customer at Pittsburgh International Airport |

Qatar Airways adds cargo customer at Pittsburgh International Airport

Tom Davidson
A passenger plane comes in for a landing at the Pittsburgh International Airport in this file photo.

Pittsburgh International Airport’s cargo business is getting a boost thanks to a commitment from a Sri Lankan company that’s shipping its goods with Qatar Airways Cargo, the Allegheny County Airport Authority announced Wednesday.

The company, EFL, is making the airport a cargo distribution point using Qatar Airways.

EFL is using one of Qatar’s two weekly Boeing 777 freighters into Pittsburgh for its cargo. The company’s first 90-ton shipment started in May, the authority said.

“This is cargo that used to enter into the U.S. through major airports such as New York and Chicago but instead they’re choosing to use our region as a gateway,” airport authority CEO Christina Cassotis said. “That means jobs and business for our region.”

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said Qatar Airway’s success in adding EFL as a customer strengthens the airport’s ability to attract similar business in the future.

The Doha-to-Pittsburgh route Qatar used gives customers in Asia a 72-hour transit time from that region to distribution centers in the U.S., and Pittsburgh’s location is ideal for it, the authority said.

Qatar Airways Cargo began its Pittsburgh flights in October 2017. It is the first scheduled international cargo route for the airport, the authority said.

“Pittsburgh is a logical location for this operation as it allows us to have a fast turnover of cargo in comparison to more traditional and congested gateways,” EFL Group CEO Senthil Shanmugam said in a statement.

Tom Davidson is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tom at 724-226-4715, [email protected] or via Twitter .

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.