‘Banner year’ for cargo at Stewart Airport

Kalitta Air has dramatically driven up cargo tonnage flowing through Stewart

Caption: ‘Banner year’ for cargo at Stewart Airport

The coronavirus pandemic has all but wiped out passenger service at New York Stewart International Airport; however, cargo tonnage carried through the Newburgh area facility has increased substantially.

Airport Business Development Director Michael Torelli told the Stewart Airport Commission on Tuesday that when freight and mail are combined, 10.5 million tons were transported at the airport during the months of July and August.

“We are having a banner year at Stewart with cargo. A good amount of flights coming in and out and the flights are full. There is a lot of activity going on with FedEx, UPS, and Kalitta with the mail, and it is only getting better as we go into the August numbers and some of the preliminary September numbers,” he said.

Cargo volume is being fueled in large part by online purchasing and that is expected to increase even more as the holiday season approaches.

Allegiant is the only airline that has maintained service during the pandemic. Total passenger service at Stewart is down over 90 percent because of the effects of COVID-19.