Chinese Pull Out of Deal To Set Up China Cargo Hub At Lambert

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There is new information on the future of non-stop cargo flights from China and the future of resuming non-stop service from Lambert to Europe or Asia.

There's not much good news about either international cargo or passenger flights. But Lambert is slowly restoring domestic non-stops that were eliminated when American Airlines removed its hub from St. Louis.

The proposed International Air Cargo Hub with China has hosted all of three flights from Shanghai to St. Louis. Besides those three, the Chinese have cancelled all of the weekly flights one at a time, turning the project into the great stall of China.

But the big reason seems to be the refusal of the Missouri legislature to approve tax credits for international freight forwarders to operate at Lambert.

The chances of getting back non-stop passenger service from here to Europe are also pretty dim according to airport numbers.

The good news is that Southwest has added back a San Antonio non-stop, lost when American dropped the route.

But the biggest disappointment for airport officials remains the Missouri legislature's sabotage of years of negotiations on the china hub project.