March 2019: LAX Soars in World Airport Rankings, Moves to Fourth in the World, No. 10 Busiest Cargo Operation Globally Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has regained its position as the fourth busiest commercial airport in the world, while also growing in the global rankings for its cargo operations, according to Airports Council International (ACI) World data. LAX's world ranking for cargo operations also jumped three spaces to become No. 10 for the most cargo tonnage processed. In 2018, LAX processed a total of 2.2 million metric tons, an increase of 2.4 percent over 2017.
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April 2018: LAX Breaks 18-Year-Old Cargo Record, Processing 2.158 Million Metric Tons in 2017 Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) processed more than 2.158 million metric tons of cargo in 2017, breaking an 18-year-old record for cargo tonnage processed. The figure, which is inclusive of goods destined for both domestic and international destinations, has also increased LAX’s worldwide and national cargo processing ranking to #13 in the world and #4 in the nation, an increase from #14 and #5, respectively. The increase is an indicator that Los Angeles remains an important economic conduit for the world’s goods, and reaffirms Los Angeles World Airports’ (LAWA) strategic goal of sustaining a strong business."
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Other Cargo News
December 2, 2019: Cargo Insights: ‘I get no respect!’ – Dangerfield on air cargo at LAX?: ?: “The late comedian Rodney Dangerfield made a successful career by making light of his lack of respect from others. After hearing about delays in a long-awaited airport redevelopment project, it’s probably safe to say that air cargo stakeholders in Los Angeles now understand how Dangerfield felt. Unfortunately, the additional wait for the cargo facility overhaul will be no joke for the thousands of shippers and forwarders who depend upon the airport to run their businesses.” Brandon Fried, Air Cargo World
November 27, 2019: Airports report weak start to 4Q with mixed October volumes: “Preliminary results for October airport volumes worldwide are out, indicating continued market weakness across the globe. While air cargo holds out hope for volumes to stabilize, the start of this year’s fourth quarter is not as positive as many would have hoped due to continued global trade tensions and political uncertainty.”… “Regarding month to month changes in volumes, some airports, like ICN, PVG, LHR, LAX and ONT saw increases that may signal a boost to volumes is on its way with the start of holiday season.” Chelsea Toczauer, Air Cargo World
September 27, 2019: LAX Delays Cargo Facility - Airports: Major project pushed back by two years: “Los Angeles airport officials have delayed by at least two years an air cargo handling facility costing up to $450 million that was intended to reduce cargo congestion. The unusual delay, which came after four preliminary bids had been received, puts the project on the back burner while other multibillion-dollar airport improvement projects are moving forward. The decision comes amid a downturn in cargo moving through Los Angeles International Airport where tonnage has declined 5% through the first eight months of 2019 compared to the same period last year.” Howard Fine, Los Angeles Business Journal
September 25, 2019: Cargo project at LAX airport put on back burner, official confirms: A long-overdue modernization of crowded and obsolete cargo warehouses at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has been shelved for 18 to 24 months because the number of major construction projects…is too overwhelming for the airport authority to manage at once and would negatively impact the local community... Addressing about 200 freight forwarders at a “town hall” meeting near LAX on Sept. 24, Ramon Olivares, director of property services at Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), said a new Request for Proposals to redevelop 29 cargo facilities scattered around the airport would be issued within two years and that it could take another three years “to actually put a shovel in the ground for the first development.” Eric Kulisch, FreightWaves.com
September 19, 2019: US Airline’s Cargo Volume Down During June: According to US Department of Transportation data, air cargo volume for US carriers declined 7.3 percent during June 2019 compared to June 2018. Domestic cargo was up 2.8 percent and international cargo was down 9.8 percent during June. Cargo decreased 2.4 percent for the year ended June 2019. Domestic cargo volume increased 3.5 during the 12 month period and international was down 3.8 percent. https://www.planestats.com/arrival
January 29, 2019: Pelican BioThermal launches LAX facility for Crēdo on Demand program: Temperature-controlled packaging company Pelican BioThermal has added a Los Angeles facility to its network of packaging repair stations for its Crēdo on Demand line of reusable, rentable containers. The network station and service center at Los Angeles International (LAX) “puts customers in Asia and elsewhere in the world in closer proximity to more convenient and flexible shipping options.” Nina Chamlou, Air Cargo World.