Led by continued record volumes of international passenger traffic, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) experienced an overall five-percent increase in passenger traffic in September 2005, compared to the same month last year, airport officials said.

There were 1,393,980 international passengers using LAX in September — up 7.9 percent from 1,291,671 in September of last year.

The number of domestic passengers increased 3.9 percent from the same month last year to 3,508,565 passengers.

For the first nine months of this year, international passenger traffic increased 7.6 percent to a record 13,402,767 international passengers — compared to 12,452,356 for the same period last year.

The previous record for international traffic at LAX for the first nine months of a calendar year was 13,222,762, set in 2000.

Domestic traffic in the January through September period of this year was virtually flat at 33,340,886 passengers.

Overall, LAX had 46,743,653 passengers in the first nine months of this year, an increase of 1.9 percent from 45,879,006 passengers during the same period of last year.

Airport officials attribute the below-forecast domestic volumes to airlines trimming their flight schedules in the face of record jet fuel prices.

LAX officials expect to end 2005 with a total of 62 million annual travelers.

Air freight handled at LAX for the first nine months of 2005 increased 2.1 percent to 1,508,730 tons, compared with the same period a year earlier.

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