Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) officials have announced record international passenger volume at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) for 2005, while Ontario International Airport (ONT) set its own record for total passengers.

LAWA is the City of Los Angeles department that owns and operates these airports as well as two other Southern California airports — Palmdale Regional and Van Nuys.

Year-end statistics released by airport officials show that airlines at LAX served 17,486,263 international passengers last year, eclipsing the previous high of 17,415,749 international passengers in 2000.

International passenger volume was up 6.1 percent last year compared with the 2004 volume, according to statistics.

The total passenger volume at LAX in 2005 was 61,489,398, an increase of 1.3 percent from 2004.

The record year for total passenger traffic at LAX was 2000, when the airport served 67.3 million travelers.

Air freight handled at LAX last year was 2,048,817 tons, surpassing the previous record of 2,022,911 tons set in 2004.

Total air cargo, including mail and freight, processed at LAX during 2005 was 2,137,188 tons, an increase of one percent from 2004.

Ontario International Airport passenger traffic increased four percent to 7,213,528 passengers from 6,935,713 in 2004.

It was the second consecutive record year at Ontario, with both domestic and international travelers contributing to the higher tally, airport officials said.

Ontario air cargo tonnage for 2005 totaled 575,369 tons, a decline of 4.93 percent over 2004.

Statistical tables are available on the LAWA Internet Web site at www.lawa.org under each airport’s statistics section.

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