STL wit­nesses bright cargo prospects

This year, so far, the St. Louis Lam­bert In­ter­na­tional Air­port (STL) air­port has wit­nessed a 30 per cent in­crease in freight char­ters, com­pared with the same pe­riod in 2016.

Cargo Talk - - International -

St. Louis Lam­bert In­ter­na­tional Air­port has ex­pe­ri­enced a boom in cargo char­ter ac­tiv­ity in 2017. The av­er­age weight of cargo on flights has in­creased al­most four-fold to 45,982 lbs (20,857 kgs). In Septem­ber, the air­port also saw its two heav­i­est char­ter move­ments in some years: 216,681 lbs (98,264 kgs) and 233,000 lbs (105,665 kgs), up­lifted by 747-8F air­craft op­er­ated by Air Bridge Cargo; these were the first ever op­er­a­tions into STL by the 747-8F. STL also re­cently saw the first visit to the air­port of the An124 in five years.

The main­stay of the char­ter flights has been the re­gion’s thriv­ing au­to­mo­tive and aero­space in­dus­tries. Says David Lan­caster, Cargo De­vel­op­ment Di­rec­tor, STL, “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.” He con­cludes, “With this up­surge in char­ter ac­tiv­ity, the re­cent open­ing of our live­stock han­dling cen­tre, the im­mi­nent launch of new in­ter­na­tional ser­vices by WOW and the steady growth of non- stop do­mes­tic mar­kets, the prospects for cargo through STL look bet­ter than at any time since the clo­sure of TWA’s hub op­er­a­tions in 2002.”

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