Passenger numbers continue to rise at Los Angeles International Airport
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is on target to handle close to 70 million passengers in 2022 after 60.1 million passed through its facilities in the first 11 months of the year.
The airport welcomed more than 5.5 million passengers (+13%) in November, the upturn largely being driven by the continued growth in international traffic.
Indeed, the 1.4 million passengers to travel on international flights at LAX in November 2022 represented a significant 66% rise on the same month a year ago.
“The growth in LAX passenger traffic this year has been driven in large part by an increased return to international travel, which totals about 15 million passengers through November,” said Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) CEO, Justin Erbacci.
“These are the best numbers we have seen since the pandemic began in early 2020. While our overall recovery will take additional time to reach the record-setting numbers of 2019, we are optimistic that travel will continue to strengthen in 2023.”
For the year through November, overall passenger traffic at LAX is up 40.5% compared with the same time in 2021 with a total of 60,151,830 passengers.
The number of international guests during that time is up 115.74% compared to 2021 (14,911,123 vs. 6,911,477), while domestic passengers are up 26.01% (45,240,707 vs. 35,902,018).
LAX, the fifth-busiest airport in the world in 2021 with 48 million passengers, is in the midst of a multi-billion-dollar capital improvement programme that will touch on all nine passenger terminals and build new facilities, including an Automated People Mover (APM) train, Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility and the West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal.