Airfreight and Cargo

Two international cargo airports


Five airports with developable land within FTZs

The St. Louis region includes two international cargo airports (St. Louis-Lambert International Airport and MidAmerica St. Louis Airport) and several other regional airports with amenities beneficial to freight movement including financial benefits from Foreign Trade Zones and Enterprise Zones, access to adjacent developable land, multiple modes of transportation, cold storage for perishable goods, and 24/7 operation 365 days a year, free of noise limitations.

St. Louis Lambert International Airport celebrated its first-ever live animal export in November 2020, shipping more than 200 breeding pigs from Henderson, Tenn. to Sao Paulo, Brazil. The shipment to Brazil demonstrates an aggressive new strategy for overseas exports at St. Louis Lambert International Airport and was the first of several planned shipments.

The Illinois Legislature has allocated $96 million to pay for a long-sought Metro East extension of the region’s MetroLink light rail system to MidAmerica St. Louis Airport. Construction on the approximate 5-mile route could begin by the end of 2022.