TRANSPORT BRIEFS

TRANSPORT BRIEFS

PROPOSALS SOUGHT FOR NY

AIRPORT CARGO FACILITIESThe Port Authority of New York & New Jersey announced Thursday that it is seeking private-sector proposals to redevelop cargo facilities on 110 acres at John F. Kennedy International Airport and another 60 acres at Newark International.

"At an estimated cost of $150 million, this initiative . . . would represent the largest such program ever developed and financed by the private sector," said George J. Marlin, the agency's executive director.

The program, which will take several years, will entail razing 20 cargo buildings that are 40 or more years old and replacing them with new buildings.

Gerald FitzGerald, acting director of aviation, said the new buildings will have 2 million square feet, compared with 900,000 at the old facilities.

Proposals from the prospective developers are due by Nov. 27. The agency expects to select the winning proposal by the end of the year.

FRITZ BUYS COMPANIES

IN LATIN AMERICA

SAN FRANCISCO - Fritz Cos. said Thursday it has bought Stanzione/Stair Cargo's operating subgroup of companies located in Venezuela, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Peru.

The announcement was the third this week of an acquisition by the San Francisco-based logistics concern. This is the 42nd acquisition since Fritz

went public in 1992, and the sixth in the past four weeks. Terms of this

purchase were not announced.

Stanzione/Stair Cargo, of Caracas, Venezuela, is a 20-year-old firm providing air import and export services, ocean import, consolidation, inland trucking and bonded warehousing.

"South America remains one of the fastest-growing world markets of the 1990s, and we are investing in the continuance of such growth to better serve our client constituents," said Lynn Fritz, president and chief executive of Fritz.

ALITALIA TO SWITCH

FROM MILAN TO TURIN

Alitalia plans to move its northern Italian freighter operations from Milan's Malpensa Airport to Turin's Caselle Airport on Jan. 1. Alitalia said the Turin airport recently built dedicated facilities for Alitalia that will increase the airline's cargo capacity and help improve its service.

"Milan is congested," said Ross Pizzillo, an Alitalia cargo official in New York. Consequently, it usually takes two to three days before shipments arriving in Milan can be picked up, whereas that process will only take a couple hours in Turin, where Alitalia plans to have 15 all-cargo flights a week in 1996 to its main destinations in the United States and Asia.

CHALLENGE DOUBLES RUNS

TO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

MIAMI - Two months after beginning service to the Dominican Republic, Challenge Air Cargo has doubled its service there from Miami International Airport, B.F. Spohrer, Challenge chairman, said.

The all-cargo carrier now has four flights a week there.

"Air cargo traffic between the U.S. and Latin America has been increasing at the rate of 8.5 percent per year, and this is reflected in our added service," Mr. Spohrer said.

Challenge is the largest U.S. scheduled cargo carrier between the United States and Latin America, operating regularly to 12 countries there.

CN PLACES ORDER

FOR 175 LOCOMOTIVES

LONDON, Ontario - Canadian National Railways said Thursday it signed an agreement for its largest single order ever, to purchase 175 new locomotives

from GM Canada for C$300 million ($222 million).

The order was smaller than expected. Reports on Wednesday suggested CN would order 200 locomotives, worth C$500 million.

The first 105 of the 4,300-horsepower SD75-I locomotives will be delivered to CN in mid-1996, with the remaining 70 to be acquired at CN's option by early 1999.

The order represents about half of the 394 high-productivity locomotives CN plans to purchase over the next 15 years to replace 543 of its aging locomotives.