Lambert-St. Louis International Airport reported its total cargo and mail volume for the first three months of 2013 was 37.3 million pounds, increasing 3.5 percent from the same period in 2012.
It is the best first quarter cargo results in two years, since the post-recession “bounce” of early 2011, the Missouri airport said in a written statement.
Quarterly outbound freight was up 3.6 percent at 17.5 million pounds, while outbound mail rose 9.5 percent to 555,734 pounds. Inbound cargo in the first quarter was 18.6 million pounds, improving 2.5 percent, and inbound mail was 574,837 pounds, increasing 7.7 percent.
“We have seen healthy growth in all sectors of our business so far this year: domestic and international cargo, and mail,” said David Lancaster, Lambert-St. Louis cargo development director. “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.”
“The real improvement in our tonnages, however, will come when our international marketing effort gains traction,” he added.