Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) saw a nearly three-percent increase in passenger traffic for most of this past summer compared to the same time last year, according to recently released statistics.

During the third quarter from July to September this year, passenger traffic at LAX rose 2.9 percent to approximately 16 million from 15.6 million passengers during the same three-month period last year, statistics show.

According to airport officials, the total year-to-date passenger volume is up 4.3 percent to 44.3 million from 42.5 million during the same January-to-September period last year.

Between July and September this year, domestic traffic jumped 2.7 percent to 11.7 million passengers, while international passenger traffic rose 3.4 percent to about 4.3 million from the same period in 2009.

In addition, total air cargo volume for the third quarter was up 13.3 percent with 483,565 tons, compared to 426,772 tons last year. The total year-to-date air cargo volume is up 21.3 percent to about 1.4 million tons compared to the same January-to-September period in 2009.

“We have been watching a gradual increase in total domestic and international passenger volume due to some improvements in the global economy, especially in the international sector,” said Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, the city department that operates LAX.

“Promising indictors for the immediate future are the start of new service by existing airlines, as well as airlines new to LAX. The next several months will confirm the extent to which recent upward movement in traffic will be the foundation of a sustained pattern.”