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.