The number of airplanes taking juicy Eastern Washington cherries to Asian markets is expected to increase as much 300 percent this summer.
The airport reports that between 25 and 30 million pounds of fresh cherries will be shipped by air from Sea-Tac Airport. Much of it is destined for Taiwan or Korea. From there, the cherries are distributed to other Asian countries.
Washington produces more than 50 percent of the sweet cherries consumed in the United States.