Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) officials have reported that total passengers during the first six months of 2014 rose 6.5% to 34,336,315 passengers from 32,217,517 during the same period last year. While there was a 5.6% growth in domestic passengers to 25,062,714 from 23,715,708 last year, international traffic grew 9% to 9,273,601 passengers from 8,501,809 in 2014.
Air cargo tonnage levels stayed about the same with 951,772 during the first six months of this year compared to 950,783 during the same period last year. Air mail tonnage decreased 1.3% to 35,613 tons from 36,115 tons in 2014. Freight is slightly up 0.16% to 916,159 tons this year from 914,668 tons in 2014.
The airport representatives attribute the passenger increase to the economy’s continuing improvement and to additional services on existing international routes by several US and foreign air carriers, including Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong, Transaero and Aeroflot to Moscow, Korean Air to Seoul, and American Airlines to Sao Paulo. In addition, service was introduced by Etihad Airways to Abu Dhabi; SAUDIA to Jeddah-Riyadh; and Norwegian Air to London/Gatwick, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Oslo.
For the month of June, domestic traffic at LAX rose 5.7% to 4,765,839 passengers from 4,507,505 passengers in June 2014. International traffic increased 9.4% to 1,758,564 passengers from 1,607,009 passengers in June 2014. According to airport officials, June was the tenth month in a row of increasing passenger volume.