Lambert-St. Louis Airport had its best first quarter cargo results in two years.
The total of all cargo and mail for the first three months of 2013 was more than 37 million pounds, an improvement of 3.5 percent compared to 2012, and the best first quarter since 2011.
Outbound freight was up 3.6 percent compared to 2012, while outbound mail rose 9.5 percent. Inbound cargo was up 2.5 percent, and inbound mail was up 7.7 percent.
Air Cargo World reported on Lambert-St. Louis’s cargo business.
“We have seen healthy growth in all sectors of our business so far this year: domestic and international cargo, and mail. It’s too early to say whether this trend will hold up throughout the year, but there is certainly more optimism among our community than has existed for some time,” Lambert-St Louis cargo development director David Lancaster said. “The real improvement in our tonnages, however, will come when our international marketing effort gains traction. Our main target is freighter operators, for whom we can offer a convincing business case centered on our ideal location, our impressive resources and our incentives program.”
Lambert has identified that a large amount of cargo from its region is trucked to and from Chicago and other larger hubs to connect with their international wide body and freighter services.
“Just one scheduled freighter operation will dramatically impact STL’s cargo statistics,” Lancaster said. “We are quite confident that the first will quickly lead to the second and third. It’s about changing habits, and it’s a waiting game, but we are in this for the long term.”