Nearly 63.7 million passengers traveled through Los Angeles International Airport last year, an increase of 2.9 percent from the previous year, airport officials said.
Annual passenger volume continues to rise at the nation’s third busiest airport, which saw approximately 61.9 million passengers in 2011.
Domestic passenger volume grew 3.1 percent to about 46.5 million from 45.1 million in 2011, while international traffic rose 2.5 percent last year to approximately 17.2 million passengers from 16.7 million in 2011, airport statistics show.
Total air cargo tonnage also increased five percent last year to 1,963,210 from 1,869,646 in 2011, while air mail tonnage rose 20.3 percent in 2012 to 96,779 from 80,442 in 2011. Freight (goods) increased 4.3 percent to approximately 1.9 million tons from about 1.8 million tons in 2011.
The number of aircraft operations, which include landings and takeoffs, increased 0.2 percent to 605,480 in 2012 from 603,912 in the previous year.
Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey attributed the boost in passenger volume to service to new international markets and changes to the economy.
“The increase in passenger activity at LAX is attributable to airlines starting new international service; an improving Asia-Pacific regional economy; and a modest, but perceptible, strengthening of the Southern California economy,” said Lindsey.
LAX is the sixth busiest airport in the world, offering more than 600 daily flights to 91 domestic cities and more than 1,000 weekly nonstop flights to 63 cities in 32 countries on nearly 75 air carriers.