LAX Sets International Passenger Record

A record number of international passengers used LAX in 2005 while Ontario International Airport set a record for passengers, the agency that runs the airports announced today.

According to year-end statistics released by Los Angeles World Airports, Los Angeles International Airport handled nearly 17.5 million international travelers, eclipsing its previous high of about 17.4 million in 2000.

Air travel plummeted after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, but the data indicate more passengers are returning to the skies.

Year over year, international passenger volume at LAX was up 6.1 percent from 2004, according to LAWA, the city of Los Angeles department that also owns and operates airports in Palmdale and Van Nuys.

Total passenger volume rose 1.3 percent from 2004 to reach about 61.5 million people. The airport's record year was 2000 when 61.7 million travelers used LAX.

Ontario International Airport saw a 4 percent increase in passenger traffic with 7.2 million passengers last year, compared to about 7 million in 2004. It was the second consecutive record year for the San Bernardino County airport with both domestic and international travelers contributing to the higher tally, according to LAWA.

LAX also saw increases in air freight and total air cargo, while Ontario International Airport saw a nearly 5 percent decrease in air cargo tonnage last year compared to 2004.

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