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July 24, 2023: LAWA Selects Development and Design Teams for LAX’S Cargo Modernization Program: After a comprehensive review of proposals for the Cargo Modernization Program and Environmental Technical and Expert Consulting Services at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) selected a development team led by LAX Community Partners, LLC (LACP), and an Environmental Technical and Expert Consultant team led by Ricondo & Associates, Inc. to deliver the work. The teams’ experience with cargo development at aviation hubs, as well as the experience and qualifications of key staff members, were among the top considerations when identifying LAWA’s project partners.
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August 22, 2022: Cargo Continues to Soar at LAX With Record $14.9 Billion in June Trade: Cargo operations at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in June set another single-month record for trade by value, with a total of $14.9 billion in global imports and exports. "The continuation of record-setting cargo operations at LAX highlights our airport’s critical role in the global supply chain," said Justin Erbacci, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). "LAX is one of the busiest ports in the nation, and our long-term cargo modernization plan will ensure that we have the infrastructure and modern facilities needed to continue in this role for decades to come.”
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May 19, 2022: Cargo Continues to Soar at LAX with Record Trade in March: Cargo operations at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in March set a new all-time record for trade by value moved in a single month, with a total of $13.75 billion in global imports and exports. International trade at LAX in March 2022 increased 22.33 percent from the same month one year ago, and increased nearly 16 percent compared to February 2022. Total imports at LAX reached $8.18 billion in March, while total exports topped $5.57 billion. From January through March this year, trade at LAX was valued at $38.28 billion, an increase of more than 26 percent compared to the same time last year.
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April 11, 2022: LAX Rises to Fifth-Busiest Airport in the World: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) was the fifth-busiest airport in the world and the United States in 2021, according to preliminary figures released today by Airports Council International (ACI) World. LAX also maintained its spot in the Top 10 airports in the world for air cargo in 2021, according to ACI. Matching 2020, LAX was No. 8 in the world with a total of 2,691,830 metric tons of cargo, an increase of 20.7 percent over 2020. LAX was 13th in the world in cargo in 2019.
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October 2020: LAX becomes nation’s leading cargo operation for imported personal protective equipment, outpaces national average overall. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has become the leading destination in the United States for imports of N95 respirators, masks and similar personal protective equipment (PPE), which are included in a trade category that has increased an astonishing 20,433% at LAX this year, according to a new industry analyst report. Data from WorldCity, which tracks import-export intelligence for ports around the United States, shows LAX is significantly outperforming the national average in overall cargo trade in 2020, and that the airport has become the nation’s leading port for the category that includes many types of respirators and masks.
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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

April 11, 2023: American Airlines Cargo announces expansive summer widebody schedule: American Airlines Cargo has announced its summer schedule, with an increase of more than 400 widebody flights per month compared to summer 2022. As the carrier prepares for the peak season, new routes and frequencies starting as early as this spring will service routes between the U.S. and Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific. At the height of the summer peak, the airline will operate more than 160 international widebody flights per day…The carrier will…have increased frequencies for its existing operations out of…Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). In the month of July alone, American will operate more than 4,100 widebody flights between the U.S. and Europe. AJOT

March 27, 2023: Invest now to keep logistics and goods movement sectors strong: Make no mistake: Southern California’s logistics industry is a critical economic driver, not just for the region, but for the state, the nation and the world. In fact, more than one-third of all jobs in the six counties that comprise the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) region are connected - directly or indirectly - to the movement of goods. While some are questioning whether we’ve gone too far, as a region, in expanding logistics and warehouse operations, the reality is that we are more reliant than ever on the trains, trucks, planes and fulfillment centers that enable the safe, efficient movement of goods through our region and across the nation. Los Angeles International Airport and Ontario International Airport are two of busiest air freight hubs in North America. Curt Hagman/Orange County Register

March 10, 2023: Latam Cargo launches flower flights to Los Angeles: Latam Airlines Group has opened a new all-cargo route connecting Los Angeles and Houston to South America to support exporters of flowers and industrial products. Latam Cargo, which operates 17 Boeing 767-300 freighters and plans to add four more by 2024, announced Thursday it is offering twice-weekly frequencies on the following route: Quito, Ecuador; Los Angeles; Houston; Manaus, Brazil; and Sao Paulo. The number of flights will increase to four times per week in the second half of the year after the carrier receives more new cargo planes. The new service is focused on diversifying export destinations for Ecuador’s flower business beyond Miami and Amsterdam. Eric Kulisch/FreightWaves.

November 7, 2022: Los Angeles World Airports moving ahead with cargo facilities project at LAX: After a three-year delay, a massive effort to consolidate and modernize air cargo facilities at Los Angeles International Airport has resumed. Last month, executives with Los Angeles World Airports sent out requests for proposals from private cargo facilities developers to reimagine cargo operations at the airport, ultimately replacing more than two dozen aging facilities that have increasing difficulty handling higher air cargo volumes brought about by the pandemic. Howard Fine/Los Angeles Business Journal.

October 6, 2022: LAX solicits proposals for massive cargo redevelopment: A long-stalled redevelopment of crowded and obsolete cargo warehouses at Los Angeles International Airport is finally underway after city officials recently requested proposals for the wholesale redevelopment of 27 cargo buildings. The solicitation in September only covers the first phase of modernization but implies that most of the existing cargo real estate at the airport will be replaced. The cargo improvement project is the most ambitious of its kind ever attempted in the U.S., considering the potential scope of rehabilitation and the fact that Los Angeles is the nation’s largest traditional international gateway. Eric Kulisch,

June 30, 2022: U.S. Airports, Not Seaports, Lead The Way In Top 10 Export Ranking: Among the nation’s top 10 gateways for U.S. exports are five airports, and there’s a bit of good news in there for what it says about the U.S. economy. Based on value, the ranking has two seaports and three land-based border crossings, according to U.S. Census Bureau data through April, the latest available. By way of comparison, among the nation’s top gateways for imports are six seaports, three airports and one border crossing…only one of these trade gateways is on the West Coast, LAX, and it’s an airport. Ken Roberts, Contributor, Forbes.

April 13, 2022: Your package was delivered on time? You've got this supply chain workaround to thank: If your seafood is fresher and your online order arrives on time, thank the pandemic: Supply-chain disruptions are actually getting some things delivered faster. Manufacturers, retailers and seafood distributors have increasingly turned to air cargo planes to transport products - a more expensive, but faster and more reliable, alternative to long-haul trucks, trains and ocean vessels bogged down by pandemic-related problems. Hugo Martin/Los Angeles Times

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