Kaamco asks airlines to step-up
Special August 6
These women mean business! Hotel business. Dawn Siemsen, Travel Alliance; Nancy Lupo, Hampton Inn; Anna Tapia, Hotel Connections; Emma Dugue,
Radisson; Marcy Beam, LaGuardia Plaza; Maria DiVittorio, JFK Radisson checking in after the Kaamco meeting to discuss upcoming plans.
AIRPORT VOICE, AUGUST 2019 9
BY JEFF YAPALATER
President Ana Lemos
opened the July Kaamco meeting
to a “ surprising number of
attendees, given that I thought
many would be on vacation.’
However the undercurrent
and take away from the
meeting was the general feeling
that overall attendance
for committees is low. Ana
Lemos said that the lack of
airline attendance and participation
is detrimental to
the overall effectiveness of
The vacancy of the Cargo
Committee Chair, low turnout
for various committee
meetings, and monthly meeting
is a big issue. To address
this issue, the Board has
=called for a extraordinary
meeting August 6, to discuss
According to lemos, “ We
all need to share and discuss
problems that affect all of us.
We are looking for input. “
Lemos the said ExecCommittee
is trying to address each
company and they need the
need involvement for ideas.
To this end, the Board called
for this extraordinary meeting
to “discuss all issues we
are facing because of alack
of attendance.” Our Kaamco
is the voice for their group
said Kaamco VP Roger Scott
and that we need to have an
open discussion about future
of Kaamco, committees, time
commitment and Port Authority
While Lemos thanked the
business partners who support
the organization, she
remarked that Kaamco need
to have airline to exchange
information, and make overall
airline decisions at the
same time acknowledging
that it is hard for some station
managers with limited
staff to participate.
Another big concern which
is also being addressed by the
Cargo Committee is the mail
handling at the airport by the
According to Lemos the
last year had been good for the
holiday season mail-wise, but
the recent change of mail handling
by dnata opens brings
concerns about the ability of
the PUS Post Office to effectively
handle the upcoming
seasonal mail demands about
Port and winter with mail.
She said, “ We don’t want to
go back to same problem we
had before dnata took over.”
Lemos wants to discuss the
matter with Port to determine
the best course of action.
Continued on page 24.
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Blackstone eyes JFK warehousing
In Deal to buy 11 warehouses
The Blackstone Group is negotiating
to purchase a portfolio of
11 warehouse buildings near JFK
Airport. according to real estate
sources. This is part of a deal by the
private-equity giant’s planned acquisition
to buy industrial property
in several states across the country
from TA Realty, a Boston-based real
estate investment management firm.
The 11 warehouse properties it is set
to acquire in the latest deal reportedly
vary in size from about 6,000
square feet to up to 100,000 square
feet and are located a couple of minutes
drive from the North Cargo
area of JFK Airport. Companies are
searching for millions of square feet
of warehouse space to stage last-mile
distribution—delivery hubs that are
a short distance from customers and
allow goods to arrive within hours
or even minutes of being ordered.
Demand is high for vertical warehouse
development. Even without its
office space plans, Amazon is looking
to rent as much as 1 million square
feet of industrial space in Brooklyn,
and is also looking at space at RXR
Realty. LBA Logistics’ new vertical
warehouse development in Queens.
The Terminal Logistics Center is developing
a 300,000-foot property, one
of the first new facilities adjacent
to JFK to meet this new demand.
This development will feature first
two floors will have truck courts for
tractor trailers, which will be connected
to the street by ramps, said
Joshua Weingarten, director of capital
markets for Triangle Equities.
The top three levels call for storage,
according to the permit. The design
is meant to be flexible for different
tenants, Weingarten said.
Delivery companies such as FedEx
and UPS are looking to acquire
facilities in the city to improve the
speed and efficiency of deliveries.
How will this growth impact the
cargo capabilities at JFK and La-
Guardia Airports? Said, Segis Property
Group’s Omer Mir Ahmed, “If
you look at the cargo numbers at
JFK, it has one of the largest volumes
of air cargo in the world and
demand is surging. That’s really
what a deal like this is all about.”
Two new cargo buildings have
been approved by the Port Authority
and infrastructure work is being
done on the ramp to meet growing
The deal is the latest sign of interest
in city warehouse properties,
which have become vital for the
fast-growing e-commerce and logistics