Steve Armellini, the owner of a flower trucking firm in Miami, has monitored the airport's fledgling flower import business.
has known for months about MidAmerica's problems finding cargo to haul south, he
isn't surprised Cantwell has stated the cargo flights are flying full each way.
"They got to build it up," said Armellini, the president of Armellini Industries Inc.
"They got to keep making people think it's going to work."
blamed MidAmerica's problems in filling the return Arrow Cargo flights south on two factors: the recession-wracked global economy -- which has led air cargo firms at Miami International Airport to cut their rates sharply -- and MidAmerica airport's initiation in July of landing fees and other costs on Arrow Cargo, which drove up the rates for moving cargo in either direction.
"They just started charging the fees.
The first months were free everything: free rent, free landing fees," Armellini
Armellini, the truck company president from Miami, praised the selection of Baisch and Skinner to run the warehouse, calling the firm, "a class act company and if they do it I think they're probably going to do it right."
Even so, MidAmerica is facing an increasingly crowded field, with Houston International Airport on the verge of opening its 50,000-square-foot refrigerated warehouse, while other big airports are seeking to enter the air cargo industry.
What's also hurting MidAmerica St. Louis Airport is the fact no other cargo haulers land there, while it is off the beaten path for most big freight operations, Armellini
"They got a long row to hoe," he