Albany is the second largest cargo airport in the State of Georgia, with Atlanta being the largest. The huge growth of air cargo has made the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport a primary sort facility for United Parcel Service (UPS). UPS’ cargo volume has increased so much, that it is now the airport’s largest tenant, contributing more than 50 jobs to the local economy. In calendar year 2011, Albany boarded more than 5.7 million pounds of air cargo out of Albany and sorted more than 9.7 million pounds of inbound air cargo.
UPS operates the Airbus A300-600 and the Boeing B757-200 aircraft, and UPS feeders operate the Caravan and several other smaller aircraft types.
The City of Albany completed a new cargo apron of over 400,000 square feet utilizing federal FAA grants and Georgia Department of Transportation grants. Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) V funding was used to build a new air cargo sort facility for UPS. The facility was completed in July, 2006.
Customers should not pick up parcels at the airport unless specifically told to do so. The airport is used primarily to sort air cargo.