Passenger traffic at LAX jumped 7.3 percent between January 2013 and January 2014

LAX had an impressive January in passenger traffic. Photo: Brad Graverson.

LAX had an impressive January in passenger traffic. Photo: Brad Graverson.

Los Angeles International Airport could be on pace for a record year in passenger traffic, according to statistics released this week.

LAX accommodated 5.4 million passengers in January, an increase of 7.3 percent compared to January 2013. The airport did this despite the fact that January, especially the first two weeks, is a notoriously slow time for air travel.

In 2013, LAX set an all-time record for international traffic, with 17.9 million international travelers. It had set the previous record of 17.5 million in 2005. But LAX has still yet to match its overall pre-9/11 peak of 67.3 million. Last year, it accommodated 66.7 million total passengers.

Where’s the growth coming from? Everywhere except Terminal 4 (American Airlines and American Eagle), Terminal 6 (Alaska and United) and Terminal 8 (United and United Express), according to the data.

The biggest jump in the airport’s nine terminals? That happened in Terminal 5, where Delta has been expanding its number of flights. The number of passengers in Terminal 5 rose 28.37 percent from January 2013 to January 2014. In real numbers, the passenger count increased from 525,208 to 674,234.

This is good news for the Los Angeles economy. But I’ve heard from people who used LAX in the late 1990s that the traffic in the Central Terminal Area could get horrendous. There’s only so much space for cars to go. It’ll be interesting to see what happens to traffic as the number of passengers continues to grow. (And barring changes in the economy or market forces it will — airlines are bullish on LAX these days.)

For my data inclined readers, here’s the full report:

Los Angeles International Airport Air Traffic report

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October passenger traffic reports: Up at LAX, down at ONT

Traffic at L.A./Ontario International Airport east of Los Angeles fell again in October, with the airport attracting only 334,385 passengers, a decline of 9 percent from the same month the previous year. This continues a painful declines for the outlying airport, which has lost more than 40 percent of its traffic since 2007. And there’s not much hope, at least for the near term. 

But another airport operated by the city of Los Angeles – -Los Angeles International Airport — did much better. It processed 5,515,805 passengers in October, up 6.25 percent from Oct. 2012. Both international and domestic traffic rose. So far for the year, LAX traffic is up almost 5 percent compared to 2012.

Love data? Here are some links to the reports on both airports. Beware: Each is frighteningly detailed.

Lax Oct13 Traffic Reports-Fytd 

Ont Oct13 Traffic Reports-Fytd

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