Strong summer for LAX leads to 14% rise in July passengers numbers
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) enjoyed a strong rebound in international traffic this summer, with passenger numbers in July nearly double those experienced during the same month a year ago.
The airport handled a total of 6.3 million passengers in July, up from 5.5 million in the same month last year.
The increase of nearly 14% was largely powered by international travellers, who totalled 1.8 million — an increase of 97% compared with July 2021, and nearly 200,000 more international travellers than in June 2022.
“The strong rebound in international travel that we have seen during the peak summer months is very encouraging and adding to our overall growth in passenger numbers this season,” enthused Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) CEO, Justin Erbacci.
“With more airlines from around the world adding service to Los Angeles, we are positioned to enter the fall and winter holiday travel seasons in the strongest position in more than two years.”
LAWA points out that LAX LAX continued to add new international airlines and destinations throughout the summer, most recently welcoming Norse Atlantic Airways, which launched non-stop services from Los Angeles to Oslo and Berlin earlier this month.
For the year to July 31, 2022, overall passenger traffic at LAX is up 57.2% compared with the same period in 2021, with a total of 36,983,913 passengers passing through the gateway.
The number of international passengers accommodated during the first seven months of 2020 was up 142% compared to 2021 (8.7 million vs. 3.6 million), while domestic passengers increased by 41.8% to 28.2 million.