Los Angeles Business Journal

LAX Passenger Traffic Up 6.5 Percent in Quarter

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Los Angeles International Airport is off to a solid start this year, with officials reporting that more passengers and cargo moved through the airport in the first quarter than in the same period a year earlier.

LAX served about 14.6 million passengers during the quarter, a 6.5 percent increase, with the biggest gain coming from domestic travelers, according to figures released Thursday by Los Angeles World Airports, which oversees the airport. That’s a change from last year, when LAX saw faster growth in international travel.

Last month alone, the number of domestic passengers was up 6.8 percent than a year earlier, while the number of international passengers grew 4.1 percent.

The airport’s cargo traffic, which fell nearly 4 percent last year as importers increasingly turned to cheaper ocean shipping, is also up, LAWA said. Total cargo was up 4.8 percent in March and 4.2 percent in the first quarter, driven by growth in air mail and air freight.