Denver air freight down

Denver air freight down

Cargo companies at Denver International Airport lost about as much freight business last year as passenger carriers gained, according to airport traffic reports.

Carriers including United Parcel Service and FedEx Corp. transported 5.3 percent less freight in 2003 from the same time period the previous year, according to year-to-date figures posted for November.

But passenger airlines that carry cargo in the bellies of their planes transported 6.4 percent more freight than in the year-ago period.

The downward trend for cargo carriers continues a two-year, 15 percent decline in cargo business at the country's fifth-busiest airport, the DIA Partnership reported last summer.

Freight carriers flew 221,000 tons of cargo in and out of DIA for the first 11 months of 2003, but passenger planes in the same time period flew about 105,000 tons of freight as well -- nearly half of the amount carried by companies in the business of flying freight.

Less freight is coming in and out of DIA, ranking it 21st, behind airports in Dallas; Atlanta; Dayton, Ohio; Cincinnati; and Anchorage, Alaska, according to Airports Council International North American traffic statistics.