Los Angeles sets sights on perishable air freight traffic

Los Angleles, CA, US:  Apollo Freight has opened a new 1,486 square metre refrigerated warehouse just outside Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The move is expected to push the growth in perishable transport in the region.  “There is ample room for Los Angeles to grow in moving perishables,” said David Herbst, executive vice president of Mercury Air Group, who unveiled the warehouse.

Miami International handled 73% of the more than 181,000 tons of fruit and vegetables imported to the U.S. by air last year, according to Los Angeles World Airports, the city department that operates LAX. In flower imports, which are predominantly roses, the Miami airfield was even more dominant, receiving 89% of all U.S. imports last year.

By contrast, LAX came in third in fruit and vegetables, behind Miami and New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport with a 5.02% share. LAX was second in flower imports, with a 4.91% share.  The new refrigerated facility is what the region needs if LAX is to improve its small share of air freight in perishables, said Jock O’Connell, international trade advisor for Beacon Economics.