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Gulfport airport inks a cargo partnership with Panama

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) – Representatives from the Tucomen International Airport in Panama City, Panama signed an agreement with the Gulfport Biloxi International Airport on Thursday.

The agreement will allow cargo from Latin America to be flown into South Mississippi. That cargo would be stored and then transported out of an air cargo facility built by Gulfport Biloxi International Airport a few years ago.

Gulfport's airport director Bruce Frallic said the objectives of this partnership include integrating cargo logistics centers between Gulfport and Panama, creating reciprocal business opportunities, and promoting trade and tourism between the two countries.

"We have a lot of synergy between the two airports," Frallic said. "It would be products produced in that part of the world, funneled through Panama and flown into our cargo facility."

The trade possibilities show great promise. The coast has the airport, the Port of Gulfport and Interstate 10.

"We're talking about ocean, air and ground transportation," Frallic said.

Panama has the Panama Canal, which makes the country a hub for materials moving through the Americas and beyond.

The plan is to have Gulfport and Panama spend the next five years doing intensive work to build on this partnership. Frallic said a test project to fly international cargo through Gulfport could be implemented by the end of the year.

The delegation from Panama is on a three day tour of businesses and agencies around South Mississippi.

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