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St Louis to create an air freight hub


St Louis, Missouri, is vying to become a city known as the "Gateway to the Far East" by creating an air freight hub that would generate trade between China and the US Midwest and rival Chicago O'Hare, according to the Shipping Gazette.
This comes after US Senator Kit Bond last month lobbied Missouri legislators to provide US$12 million for the development of an air cargo facility at Lambert-St Louis International Airport despite it currently being an under-utilised facility that is less than 300 miles from Chicago.
Since early 2008, several delegations have travelled between China and St Louis to discuss the benefits for both sides of putting such an arrangement in place. Last month a group of 50 Chinese business people, along with the Chinese Investment Promotion Agency, stopped in St Louis as part of a US tour, reports The Kansas City Star.
Furthermore, the Midwest China Hub Commission was established earlier this year and now has offices in St Louis and Beijing. Commission chairman Mike Jones was cited as saying that progress is being made as talks are continuing between St Louis officials and two Chinese air carriers.
"We've left the exploratory stage, but we haven't landed on a deal," said Mr Jones, adding, " We have to demonstrate that there is sufficient backhaul freight. We're not going to replace Chicago O'Hare, but it's a very crowded airport with a lot of delays, and you're always going to have congestion on the highways going out of Chicago." 


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