Los Angeles Air Freight Recovery Levels Off

Los Angeles Air Freight Recovery Levels Off

Freight traffic at Los Angeles International Airport grew 25.1 percent in the first half of the year, but the tonnage growth slipped back in June in a sign that the air cargo recovery is leveling off.

The airport, the largest U.S. gateway for trans-Pacific air trade, said freight tonnage grew 18.5 percent in June compared to the same month a year ago. That was slower than the 26.5 percent expansion LAX reported in May, and freight tonnage also slipped 2.4 percent from May to June.

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The recovery at Los Angeles, where freight traffic fell 7.1 percent in 2009, comes as airports in Asia are reporting a sharp upturn in exports.

LAX’s tonnage for the first half of 2010 exceeded the airport’s total during the same January-June period in 2008, before shipping demand hit the deepest part of the downturn.

But the 2010 half-year total still is more than 6 percent behind the tonnage Los Angeles handled in the first half of 2007.