LAX is on pace to be 4th busiest airport in 2013

Los Angeles International Airport is on pace to be the nation’s fourth busiest airport in 2013, according to statistics released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The airport is one of only a few big ones at which traffic has increased from last year.

Here’s the chart, which shows the number of enplaned passengers at the largest international airports from January 2013 through September 2013 and compares it to the same period the period year. The numbers are in millions.

Rank Airport Jan-Sep 2013 Enplaned Passengers Jan-Sep 2012 Enplaned Passengers Pct. Change 2012-2013
1 Atlanta 33.574 34.004 -1.3
2 Chicago O’Hare 22.319 22.602 -1.3
3 Dallas/Fort Worth 21.481 20.625 4.2
4 Los Angeles 19.417 18.942 2.5
5 Denver 18.914 19.256 -1.8
6 Charlotte 15.94 14.921 6.8
7 Phoenix 14.413 14.494 -0.6
8 San Francisco 14.079 13.99 0.6
9 Las Vegas 13.859 13.912 -0.4
10 Houston Bush 13.441 13.742 -2.2
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United Airlines adds flight from LAX to Minneapolis

One of the things I love about the airline business is the intense competition.

And Vinay Bhaskara, who writes for the website, Airchive.com, found something interesting over the weekend in a United Airlines schedule update.

As L.A. Airspace readers know, Delta has been making a push to add West Coast customers by adding a bunch of flights in L.A. and Seattle. United has typically been the market leader among network carriers on the West Coast, with hubs in San Francisco and Los Angeles. American is generally No. 2.

United added some flights over the weekend that Bhaskara found interesting. Starting in April, United adds two daily flights between Los Angeles and Minneapolis and two daily flights between San Francisco and Atlanta.

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