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Page 18 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC APRIL-MAY, 2018 Latam Cargo adds Brussels, Madrid services and may boost schedules LAtA M Cargo has added direct cargo services from Brussels and Madrid to South America, expand- ing its freighter service from two to four cities (Frankfurt , Am- sterdam, Brussels and Madrid) and becoming the only cargo airline on the new routes. Guido Henke, senior commer- cial director Europe said there was a need to provide alternatives to avoid the rising congestion levels at European airports. “Brussels was selected to absorb the high traffic of pharmaceutical products through ‘Pharma’, a service distinguished by the International Air transport Associ- ation (IAtA) with the CEIv Pharma certification, which positioned our company as the first airline in the Ameri- cas to obtain it,” said Henke. For its part, the Madrid market has seen an increase in the transportation of traditional industrial products, as well as other services like parcel delivery, e-commerce and textiles, all of which require expanded capacity and just-in-time logistics. “We are very optimistic about our new direct freight routes from Brussels and Madrid. And our customers’ enthusiastic response has led us to consider the possi- bility of increasing our current schedule,” added Henke. LAX breaks its own 18-year-old record to place #13 and 4 noRtH America’s Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) processed more than 2.158 million tonnes of cargo in 2017, breaking an 18-year record. the figure, which is inclusive of goods destined for both domestic and international destinations, im- proved LAX’s cargo processing rankings to #13 in the world and #4 in the nation from #14 and #5 respective- ly. “LAX is an economic engine in domestic and in- ternational trade, and our record-breaking numbers reflect the importance of our role in the global econ- omy,” said Deborah Flint, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) chief executive. “As we place high value on car- go-related jobs, we remain committed to partner with trade, logistics and air cargo stakeholders to bring the next generation of efficiency to our cargo business.” Every day, more than 1,200 flights carrying cargo arrive and depart from LAX. More than half are for in- ternational trade, served by carriers from the Asia-Pa- cific, north American, Latin American, European, and Middle Eastern regions. “As a gateway to the world, connecting markets all over the globe is important. ”With the upcoming Century Cargo Redevelopment project to modernise our cargo-processing abilities, we are making critical decisions that ensure we can meet tomorrow’s challenges and achieve new mile- stones.” the Century Cargo Redevelopment will allow LAWA to maintain and enhance LAX’s air cargo market posi- tion among United States airports and the world. the aims of the project are to solicit innovative design and operational concepts to modernise LAX’s air cargo functionality and provide additional capacity to help meet current and anticipated demand. LAWA has to date received several responses to its Request for Qualifications in 2017 from industry leaders in the field of air cargo design, development and operations, and is currently in the process of evaluating them. LAX has more than 195,000 square metres (2.1 mil- lion square feet) of space devoted to air cargo across 194 acres. It also is home to the largest airport refrig- eration facility and perishable centre on the US West Coast, maintained by Mercury Air Cargo, at nearly 1180 square metres (12,700 square feet). FedEx also has an LAX presence with one of its major regional cargo centres and the LA area also has more than 800 freight forwarders and 360 Customs house brokers. ICS going off line on May 12 AUStRALIA’s Department of Home Affairs and ABF has advised its ICS will be unavailable for a five-hour period between Saturday 12 May and Sunday 13 May 2018. the outage period will be from 23:00 AESt on Satur- day 12 May until 04:00 AESt Sunday 13 May 2018 and is necessary to promote ICS Release 18.4 .01. Industry clients should make arrangements to have cargo cleared outside of these hours.