Then & Now

The July 1998 issue of AIRPORT BUSINESS featured Huntsville (AL) International Airport and discussions with executive director Richard Tucker, then director of the Intermodal Center Ronald Hamby (cover below), and marketing director Barbie Peek.

The vision of the community and airport leaders as early as the 1960s to make the airport and the city one in which it is easy to do business is still evident with Huntsville International’s Foreign Trade Zone, JetPlex Industrial Park, and International Intermodal Center, which specializes in receiving, transferring, storing, and distributing domestic and international cargo via air, rail, and highway. The Port of Huntsville was recently selected by the North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA) to receive its prestigious Global Trade Award for 2006. The annual NAITA Global Trade Award honors North Alabama organizations and companies for dedication to international trade development.

The International Intermodal Center, in late May announced it has seen record lift counts for the past ten consecutive months. March 2006 showed the highest lift volume for a single month in the center’s history with 4,985 lifts, which is a 51.2% increase in volume over March 2005.

On the passenger side, in 2005, Huntsville International served 1,265,153 passengers ­— 71,783 more passengers than used the airport in 2004.