News from Gary/Chicago International Airport

UPS Begins Gary Airport Operations

UPS plane at Gary Airport
UPS plane at Gary Airport

The first UPS jet arrived Monday, November 2, 2020 at the Gary/Chicago International Airport as part of the shipping company’s agreement to utilize GYY as part of its Next Day Air Service. Airbus A300 and Boeing 757 jets will make round-trips between Gary, Louisville, and Philadelphia each weekday.  The UPS lease has a five-year term, with two five-year extensions possible. As part of the agreement, UPS will lease 14,000 square feet of office space in the airport’s passenger terminal; a 150,000-square-foot ramp, providing space to park two A300s; and an additional 5,800 square feet of hangar space to support operations.

Our AvPORTS CEO Jorge Roberts stated, “GCIA serves a vital role for cargo traffic in the Chicago and Northwest Indiana region, and UPS’s investment in the airport secures a key partner for its future while adding needed jobs at a critical moment for our economy.”

ARFF Training at GYY

The GYY ARFF/Operations personnel trained at the MAAC Center in September. They completed 18 live fire extinguisher evolutions, 6 live fire dumpster/car fire evolutions and 1 interior live fire training. 

Fire drill at GYY Airport
Fire Training Exercise
Fire drill training at Gary Airport
Car fire training at MAAC Center

Gary/Chicago International Airport Became Home to COVID-19 Command Center

NISSA Terminal
NIISSA Terminal

A multi-agency command center helped Northwest Indiana first responders, hospitals and emergency personnel better respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as it spreaded. NIISSA creates a communications line between various public and private entities throughout the five county district. From within the command center, officials tracked quantities of personal protective gear and needed supplies from the 16 District 1 hospitals. District 1 is comprised of Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton and Jasper counties. Volunteers and staff from the Northwest Indiana Information Sharing and Security Alliance set up the command center in the main terminal of the airport while working to address the immediate needs of front-line responders as they respond to the coronavirus crisis. 

In the near future the Gary Chicago International Airport will be the official home to Northwest Indiana’s first multi-agency coordination center, a project officials say has been more than five years in the making. The project, estimated to cost up to $10 million, is part of a public private partnership initiated by the Northwest Indiana Information Sharing & Security Alliance (NIISSA). 

NIISSA will be partnering with the city of Gary and LM Commercial Real Estate to construct the approximately 33,000-square-foot facility on nine acres on the west side of the airport.

Gary / Chicago International Airport Manager Receives Prestigious “Everyday Safety Hero” Award

AVPORTS Safety Manager Clifton Lee received the Governor’s prestigious “2020 Everyday Safety Hero” award acknowledging his steadfast dedication to ensuring strong safety and health standards in the workplace at the 2020 Indiana Safety and Health Conference. The 2020 Everyday Safety Hero Award was presented to Lee at the annual Governor’s Workplace Safety Awards (GWSA) Luncheon which is a part of the 2020 Indiana Safety and Health Conference held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. GYY’s Executive Director stated that “Cliff has been the airport’s champion of workplace safety and health excellence and this award is a strong reminder of the care we take in ensuring best practices are implemented for our employees.”

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