Los Angeles Airport takes on cargo project

Existing LAX cargo facilities. Source: Los Angeles World Airports

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is moving forward with a plan to develop cargo facilities that will help it improve ground handling capacity and efficiency.

Airport authority, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has 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.

“In addition to being the busiest passenger origination and destination airport, LAX also is a key transportation centre for global cargo and a critical hub for domestic and international commerce,” said Justin Erbacci, LAWA chief executive.

“This project will provide more technically advanced and efficient cargo facilities and capabilities that will allow LAX to better power the economic vitality for the City of Los Angeles and greater Southern California region.”

In 2022, LAX processed more than 2.7m tons of cargo. Currently, the airport has three cargo areas with 27 buildings, totalling approximately 2.6m sq ft, and roughly 3.5m sq ft of aircraft ramp area.

Ranging from 20 to 80 years old, many of these facilities are at the end of their useful life, in addition to not being compatible with current industry standards.

“LAX’s transformation is being thoughtfully advanced, providing best-in-class offerings to the traveling public and businesses that rely on our infrastructure every day. Our cargo facilities are no exception,” said Terri Mestas, chief development officer, LAWA.

“Through our Cargo Modernization Program, we will provide our partners with facilities that move cargo efficiently while having positive impacts on the surrounding community, L.A.’s economy and LAX’s broader sustainability goals.”

“Our revolutionary development at LAX would be the first of its kind in cargo history and would become the leading example for all future air cargo facilities,” said David Rose, managing director of Airport Infrastructure, Realterm (Lead Developer for LACP).

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]