Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has reported passenger and cargo traffic statistics for 2006 for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and LA/ Ontario International Airport (ONT).

Airlines using LAX served 61,041,066 passengers last year, a decline of seven-tenths of one percent from 61,489,523 passengers in 2005.

International passenger traffic experienced its first decline since 2003, falling 3.3 percent from 17,486,263 in 2005 to 16,911,092 last year.

Airlines have not added capacity due to high fuel costs and a desire to increase profitability, airport officials say.

LA/Ontario International Airport passenger traffic surpassed the seven-million mark for the second consecutive year as the airport served 7,049,904 in 2006 down 2.3 percent from 7,214,171 passengers in 2005.

LA/Ontario international passenger traffic (primarily to and from Mexico) increased 31 percent to 156,660 passengers in 2006, from 120,367 passengers in 2005.

Air cargo (mail and freight) processed at LAX during 2006 was 2,103,082 tons, down 1.6 percent from 2,136,661 tons in 2005.

LA/Ontario air cargo (mail and freight) last year totaled 544,600 tons, a decline of 5.6 percent from 576,791 tons in 2005.

Los Angeles World Airports is the City of Los Angeles department that owns and operates LAX, LA/Ontario and two other Southern California airports — LA/Palmdale Regional Airport and Van Nuys Airport.

Statistical tables are available at www.lawa.org under each airport’s statistics section.

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