International cargo traffic soars at Rickenbacker

Katy Smith
Cargolux runs flights to and from Rickenbacker International Airport.

Cargo traffic at Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK) has increased 86 percent since 2010, led by 465 percent growth in international freight since 2014.

The airport reports global trade restrictions resulted in lower overall freight volume through Columbus, especially in the retail sector, in 2019. The Columbus Regional Airport Authority is working to diversify Rickenbacker’s cargo mix including aerospace, auto parts, electronics and pharmaceuticals.

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New cargo carriers include Asiana and Western Global, and Korean, Qatar and LATAM airlines have been testing charter cargo service at Rickenbacker.

Fun Fact: As of last year, Rickenbacker had moved more than 500 horses through the airport since 2015, when it received export authorization from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Officials also are seeking permission to import animals through LCK.

Here's a chart showing the growth and to see how domestic cargo fared 2014-19 from the March 2020 issue of Columbus CEO.

Katy Smith is editor of Columbus CEO.