The Medford airport handled more cargo in May than in the previous four months, but the amount of freight in and out of the Rogue Valley was down by one fourth from the previous year.

The Medford airport handled more cargo in May than in the previous four months, but the amount of freight in and out of the Rogue Valley was down by one fourth from the previous year.

A total of 440,983 pounds of cargo were handled last month, 24.7 percent fewer than the 585,619 pounds shipped in May 2008.

Through five months, freight activity — primarily handled by Ameriflight and Empire Air — trails 2008 shipments by 24.1 percent.

— Greg Stiles