Air Cargo in the Mid-America Freight Coalition Region

This report contains a contextual review of air cargo transportation in the 10-state Mid-America Freight Coalition (MAFC) region including the industry’s recent history, security implications, and integration within the greater MAFC economy. The report contains an inventory of air cargo facilities throughout the 10-states, including airports, air cargo screening facilities, and foreign trade zones. The researchers analyzed air cargo activity by weight at the region-wide, state, and individual airport levels. An analysis of air cargo movement patterns by tonnage is also provided. Similarly the report contains analyses of MAFC air cargo movements by value and commodity. In the MAFC region, major metropolitan areas such as Chicago, IL; Minneapolis, MN; Detroit, MI; Indianapolis, IN; and Louisville, KY form the core markets for the air cargo industry. An important component of this study focuses on the improved or expanded role smaller general aviation (GA) airports can play to enhance air cargo opportunities for themselves and their community. The report contains insights into how general aviation airports can play a role within the MAFC air cargo industry. The study contains case studies of exceptional air cargo stories including the experience of airports in St. Louis, MI and Fort Wayne, IN; the role of air cargo in supporting auto manufacturing, regional contexts and considerations, and multi-airport “twinning” arrangements. Recommendations and conclusions are intended to be suggestive considerations for integration into the greater decision-making process.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This research was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE)

    University of Wisconsin, Madison
    1415 Engineering Drive, 2205 Engineering Hall
    Madison, WI  United States  53706

    Wisconsin Department of Transportation

    4802 Sheboygan Avenue
    Madison, WI  United States  53707

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

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  • Authors:
    • Adams, Teresa M
    • Janowiak, Scott
    • Bittner, Jason
    • Sperry, Benjamin R
    • Warner, Jeffery E
    • Borowiec, Jeffrey D
  • Publication Date: 2012-8


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 128p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01489741
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CFIRE 04-11
  • Contract Numbers: T002688; 0092-11-09
  • Created Date: Aug 8 2013 11:50AM