The International Assn. of Air Travel Couriers, a Florida group that tracks courier fares, estimates that 35,000 plus flights left the U.S. last year with at least one courier aboard.
Byron Lutz of the IAATC said that while the number of flights each year is remaining steady, there is constant change in the number of flights to different parts of the world. “We’ve noticed an increase in flights to the Orient from LAX,” he said, and predicted that flights to South America will soon be on the increase.
The association, which charges members $45 yearly, provides them fare updates by fax, online service and a bimonthly newsletter. The IAATC can be reached at International Features, P.O. Box 1349, Lake Worth, FL 33460; telephone (561) 582-8320, fax (561) 582-1581.
Here are some courier companies handling departures from Los Angeles and a sampling of the destinations they serve.
* East West Express, P.O. Box 300849, JFK Airport Station, Jamaica, NY 11430; tel. (718) 656-6246, fax (718) 656-6247. (Contact: Tracy Arato.) Destinations from LAX: Auckland, New Zealand, and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia.
* Film Freight International, 8900 Bellanca Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90045; tel. (310) 568-8403, fax (310) 568-8275. LAX to Mexico City.
* Halbart Express, 1000 W. Hillcrest Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90301; tel. (310) 417-3048, fax (310) 418-9792. (Contact manager Don Sutton or courier coordinator Greg Gallegos.) LAX to London; Glasgow, Scotland; and Sydney, Australia. In June, Halbart will begin offering flights to Guam, Hong Kong, Singapore and Manila.
* International Bonded Couriers (aka IBC Pacific), 1595 El Segundo Blvd., El Segundo, CA 90245; tel. (310) 607-0125, fax (310) 607-0126. LAX to Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Bangkok, Thailand, Manila and Seoul.