LAX freight creeps up but Abu Dhabi takes off
05 / 09 / 2012
FREIGHT tonnage at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) was down 5.1 per cent to 136,089 metric tons in August from the same month last year.
However, even being only slightly better July’s -9.9 per cent, this is the smallest decline since the slump began, which saw a -28.3 per cent low in February. Since then the declines have been shrinking for seven consecutive months.
While this could only tentatively be called good news, the airport is North America’s largest gateway for trans-Pacific air so any improvement heralds a much-looked-for sign of stability for the industry.
LAX is not out of trouble yet though as even before the present slump, it had recorded annual declines in cargo of more than 25 per cent since 2006.
Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi International Airport has recorded a 6.2 per cent growth for airfreight in August.
The Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) attributed the improvement to more airlines establishing new routes from the airport, notably Maximus and China Airlines.