Photo by Chris Burritt/NWO | A truck departs FedEx’s mid-Atlantic hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport, where FedEx and HAECO Americas are adding more than 500 jobs in response to rising demand for cargo shipments.
by CHRIS BURRITT
NW GREENSBORO - FedEx Express and HAECO Americas, two major employers at Piedmont Triad International (PTI) Airport, are adding more than 500 new jobs as demand for cargo shipments surges.
The FedEx Express mid-Atlantic hub recently hired about 350 new employees to support an expanded schedule of daytime flights, according to Tom Maxwell, the hub's managing director.
HAECO, which maintains and repairs airplanes, plans to hire about 150 to 200 people to fill a need for aircraft mechanics, said Bill Collins, president of airframe services at HAECO.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, cargo traffic at PTI climbed nearly 30 percent in February compared to a year earlier, translating into a need for more workers, according to a March 29 statement from PTI Airport Authority.
The hiring "appears to be driven by the increasing demand for expedited delivery service," said Paul Mengert, the authority's chairman. Employment at PTI totals about 8,600 jobs.
In addition, as passenger service is starting to recover, HAECO needs more mechanics to handle the additional workload, Collins said.
"Cargo is one of the sectors where we expect to see a good amount of job growth in the coming years," said Kevin Baker, PTI Airport Authority's executive director.
PTI leads the state in cargo service, processing 303,500 tons of freight annually, said Baker, citing a recent report by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
FedEx is responsible for a majority of the cargo service at the airport, where UPS and Kalitta Air also have operations.