St. Louis International airport sees cargo volumes boom

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St. Louis Lambert International airport in Missouri has experienced a surge in cargo charter activity in 2017.

A 30% year-to-date increase in freight charters has been observed, compared with the same period in 2016. The average weight of cargo on flights has increased almost four times to 20,857 kilogrammes.

In September, the airport also saw its two heaviest charter movements for several years: 98,264 kilogrammes and 105,665 kilogrammes, uplifted by 747-8F AirBridgeCargo aircraft. These were the first ever operations into St. Louis Lambert International by the 747-8F. The airport also recently saw the first visit of the Antonov-124 in five years.

The main support for the charter flights comes from the region’s thriving automotive and aerospace industries.

The airport’s Cargo Development Director, David Lancaster, commented: “The recent growth in total charter tonnage, the regular appearance of larger aircraft and the heavier loads being carried all point to a growing recognition of the benefits of using St. Louis Lambert for cargo charters.

“The cargo handling facilities and space here are exceptional for an airport with our traffic levels, and all cargo charters are handled by WFS. Local manager Steve Rogers and his team do an outstanding job and are great partners in developing this business. We pride ourselves on being an easy airport to work with, having no slot restraints or congestion and a great location in the geographic centre of the United States.”

Between the upsurge in charter activity and the airport’s new livestock handling centre, the imminent launch of new international services by WOW and the steady growth of non-stop domestic markets, cargo throughput at St. Louis Lambert is looking its most promising since the closure of Trans World Airlines’ hub operations in 2002, concluded Rogers.

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