Shreveport Regional Airport (SHV) has seen an 18 percent increase in cargo activity at the airport this year.
This increase is being driven by a strong local economy and good performance by Federal Express, UPS and multiple other cargo providers located on site. A recently released Federal Aviation Administration report ranked SHV as the 80th busiest air cargo airport in the United States with more than 288 million pounds of air cargo aircraft landings. That placed Shreveport just behind Nashville with 292.4 million pounds.
“We are extremely excited to see the increase in cargo activity at Shreveport Regional Airport, which is a testament to the strong local economy and the benefits of having an airport with full domestic and international cargo capabilities,” said Mayor Ollie Tyler.
With its ideal geographical location and access to 24/7 Customs and Border Protection (CBP) services at SHV, the airport has seen a significant increase in international cargo providers who choose to use the airport as their first port of entry into the United States and frequently stop for fuel and other services. Airport staff is in negotiations with U.S. Customs and Border Protection staff to relocate and expand their offices at the airport, which will help support increased capabilities here in Shreveport.
Adding to the growth are shipments from online companies into the region, which is sparking an increase in cargo distribution operations. JW Logistics, located in the airport’s East Cargo Complex, is expanding their package distribution operation with the announcement of recent contracts from Amazon and Wayfair.
“We are very proud of our cargo capability and the service and benefits the airport brings to the regional economy. This growth shows the very real potential that exists at our airport,” said Henry Thompson, Director of Airports for the Shreveport Airport Authority.