Los Angeles Business Journal

Passenger Count Increases at LAX

By James Rufus Koren Friday, December 23, 2011

Passenger traffic at Los Angeles International Airport in November rose nearly 4 percent from a year earlier, according to figures released Friday.

City agency Los Angeles World Airports, which runs LAX, reported that about 4.9 million passengers traveled through the airport in November, up 3.7 percent from last November’s 4.7 million.

That marks a slight rebound for LAX, which saw traffic grow by less than 3 percent in October after six months of solid growth. From April through September, traffic increased year over year between 5 percent and 10 percent each month.

For the first 11 months of the year, passenger traffic is up 5.2 percent. Cargo traffic, though, has been down all year and continued to slip last month.

About 159,000 tons of cargo moved through LAX in November, down three quarters of a percent from the year before. Through last month, cargo traffic is down 3.9 percent from 2010.