By Bill Raack, St. Louis Public Radio
St. Louis – St. Louis leaders say they're pleased with the progress made in a week-long trip to China to lobby for Lambert Airport as a new air freight hub.
Mayor Francis Slay and other officials met with several Chinese airline executives and federal aviation officials to discuss the proposal.
Mike Jones of the Midwest-China Hub Commission says the group has agreements with four Chinese airlines to study the issue further.
"What we now are in a position to do is put all of the major principals, Lambert, Chinese airlines, and freight porters who handle all the shipping, in a single conversation."
The vice chairman of the Chinese Aviation Administration released a statement saying "the time is right to open up the central United States to Chinese companies and airlines."