Cargo volume up for Rickenbacker Airport in 2016

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Jan 27, 2017: Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK), Columbus airport, has seen handled more than 202 million pounds of cargo 2016 which represents a 1.8 percent increase over 2015.

In 2016, Rickenbacker became a permanent port of embarkation for animal exports, with 129 horses, 202 goats and 53 sheep shipped to foreign countries.

The airport has seen 16 percent increase in international cargo, which represents 40 percent of Rickenbacker’s air freight.

Domestic cargo, which represents 60 percent of the air freight, was down six percent.

FedEx leads cargo by weight with 43 percent market share followed by UPS (15), Cargolux (14), Cathay Pacific (12), Emirates (11), charters (4) and Etihad (1).

Rickenbacker’s passenger numbers grew by 22 percent with more than 200,000 people traveling through that airport’s passenger terminal which serves up to nine destinations weekly.

“Thanks to the thriving Columbus Region economy and numerous collaborative partners, including our dynamic air carriers, we’re connecting Ohio with the world in more ways than ever before,” said Elaine Roberts, president & CEO, AAE.

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