AMERICAN GATEWAYS FOR ASIA~ LAWA in hot pursuit for Asia business

Long revered as a major gateway for Asia-related air traffi c, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is in hot pursuit for stepped up Asian business. Thanks to its West Coast location in one of the strongest markets in the United States, LAWA’s airport system is already tops for trans-Pacifi c traffi c, excluding Anchorage, which […]


Long revered as a major gateway for Asia-related air traffi c, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is in hot pursuit for stepped up Asian business. Thanks to its West Coast location in one of the strongest markets in the United States, LAWA’s airport system is already tops for trans-Pacifi c traffi c, excluding Anchorage, which servesprimarily as a fuel stop.

Besides just reeling a carrier that will offer new service to Australia, LAWA offi cials are anxiously awaiting news from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) next month that would allow United Airlines to begin non-stop 747 service from LAXto Shanghai, China.

United Airlines fi led a petition with the DOT for the fl ight from LAX to Shanghai. Los Angeles is the largest US city without any service to China by a US carrier. Offi cials believe they have a good argument for the case. Almost 50 percent of all US-China traffi c originates in the western UntiedStates.

“Our strategy is very clear: propose service from the cities and regions of the country with the most pressing demand,” said Michael Whitaker, senior vice president, United Airlines. “Our proposal will meet regional demand for service in an area signifi cantly un-derserved.” United expects the DOT to approve the route this fall with serviceto begin in March 2009.