US airport update

DESPITE a run of inclement weather at the end of 2010, cargo volumes at US airports rose across the board. Air Cargo News takes a look at the rise of cargo last year:

• In Michigan, Bishop Airport saw outgoing cargo shipments improve by 21 per cent compared to one year earlier, and incoming cargo increase by 39 per cent.

• Cargo rose 2.3 per cent with 25,902 total tons of cargo handled in December 2010, compared to 25,312 during the same month last year at Denver International Airport.

• On 4 February JetBlue Airways began using cargo handling facilities at Jacksonville International Airport.

• Air cargo volumes, including both mail and other freight, grew for the first time in five years at Portland International Airport. Total volumes rose by 6.4 per cent last year to 209,000 tons. FedEx remains the airport’s largest cargo carrier, accounting for more than half of all airport cargo volumes. Its 107,139 tons expanded 8.5 per cent last year. UPS saw its tonnage rise by 7.9 per cent to 56,700 tons.

• Cargo passing through New York’s Stewart International Airport went up by about 18 per cent to 13,000 tons for the year.

• Preliminary figures show an increase of air cargo at Toledo Express Airport in Ohio last year. More than 280,500 tons of cargo were shipped through Toledo Express. That compares to 266,000 tons in 2009.

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