Los Angeles Business Journal

Passenger Traffic at LAX Picks Up Speed

By James Rufus Koren Monday, July 30, 2012

Passenger traffic continued to grow last month at Los Angeles International Airport, which is on pace to handle more passengers than it has since before the recession.

In all, 5.7 million passengers flew in and out of LAX last month, up about 2 percent over June 2011. For the first half of the year, the number of passengers flying in and out of LAX is up 3.6 percent over the same period a year ago to 30.9 million. That’s more passengers than in the first half of 2007, the airport’s best year since 2000. That year, 62.4 million passengers traveled through LAX.

June was a strong month for international travel, with the number of international passengers flying in and out of LAX up 4.6 percent over last June. Several international carriers, including Air Berlin and Turkish Airlines, have added flights to and from LAX over the past year. The number of domestic passengers was up just 1 percent in June.

Meanwhile, Ontario International Airport, which, like LAX is operated by city agency Los Angeles World Airports, continues to bleed passengers.

Traffic there was down to 373,652 passengers last month, down 4.4 percent from June 2011. For the first half of the year, the passenger count is at 2.1 million, down 6.4 percent from the first half of 2011.

That puts Ontario on pace for its worst year since before 1992, the first year that passenger statistics were tracked at the airport.