The week of Thanksgiving is one of the busiest weeks of the year for Lambert - St. Louis International Airport, as travelers make their way home for the holidays.
But movement of another sort is also going on at Lambert - a dual push to both make the airport a stronger economic engine for the region and a more inviting entry-point for the city.
Airport As Economic Driver
Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon says he's confident his office can reach agreement with state House and Senate members over a series of tax breaks - known as "Aerotropolis" - designed to boost St. Louis as a hub for Chinese cargo.
St. Louis is one big step closer to securing a potentially lucrative trade partnership with China.
The Midwest-China Hub Commission announced today that China Eastern Airlines has agreed to open up talks with Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
The step signals that the plan has moved out of the plausibility phase and into a logistical phase.
It appears diplomatic concerns, not travel issues, are what's keeping Gov. Jay Nixon in the United States next week.
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