03/01/2022 08:00 AM

March 1, 2022
LAX Public Relations
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(Los Angeles, CA) Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) announced today that year-over-year passenger volume continues to show a strong recovery, with 3.96 million passengers using Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in January 2022, a 131% increase from 1.72 million passengers in the same month last year.


“Coming off of the strong winter holiday season, the surge in COVID-19 cases had a noticeable impact on flights and passengers, but we still saw positive growth compared with January 2021 and see signs of significant recovery as we look ahead this year,” said Justin Erbacci, Chief Executive Officer, LAWA. “While we are not back to our pre-pandemic numbers, the airlines are adding additional flights as we anticipate robust spring and summer travel seasons that will hopefully further fuel a return to air travel.”


For January 2022, LAX reported 3,092,543 domestic passengers, which is 1.7 million more guests than the 1,378,414 in January 2021. A total of 867,265 international travelers used LAX in January of this year, a gain of 156% from the same month in 2021, which had 339,198 international travelers.


The January 2022 passenger traffic at LAX is 40.7% lower than the 6,678,451 passengers who used LAX in January 2020. Much of the difference remains international travel, which was down 57.8% in January 2022 compared with 2020, while domestic travel was down 33.1% compared with two years ago.


View the complete January 2022 passenger traffic report here.


About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX, the third-busiest airport in the world and second busiest in the United States in 2019, is in the midst of a $15-billion capital improvement program that will touch on all nine passenger terminals and build new facilities, including an Automated People Mover (APM) train, Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility and the West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal.


In 2019, LAX served nearly 88.1 million passengers and offered an average of 700 daily nonstop flights to 113 destinations in the U.S. and 1,200 weekly nonstop flights to 91 markets in 46 countries on 72 commercial airlines.


LAX generates 620,600 jobs in Southern California, with labor income of $37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion, according to an economic study based on 2014 operations. This activity added $6.2 billion to local and state revenues and $8.7 billion in federal tax revenues. The study also reported that LAX’s ongoing capital improvement program creates an additional 121,640 annual jobs with labor income of $7.6 billion and economic output of $20.3 billion; $966 million in state and local taxes; and $1.6 billion in federal tax revenues.


LAX is part of a system of two Southern California airports – along with Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund. 


LAWA is leading the aviation industry in sustainability practices, with initiatives related to water management, energy (electricity) management, air quality, recycling and natural resources management. In 2019, LAX received Level III ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation from Airports Council International-Europe.


LAWA is also a leader in inclusivity, operating eight programs that provide opportunities for business enterprises including local, small, minority-owned, veteran-owned and disadvantaged firms, and working together with community partners to offer the HireLAX Apprenticeship Readiness Program, which targets local workers to make them ready for rewarding careers in the construction trades, and the Build LAX Academy, designed to prepare small contracting businesses for success when working on projects at LAX.


LAX was named a top-10 U.S. airport by SKYTRAX in 2018, and was honored as the “Most Innovative Airport for Passenger Experience” in 2019 by the American Association of Airport Executives. LAX is the second-most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram, according to Other recent honors have included selection as the No. 9 Best Airport (Wall Street Journal); No. 7 Best On-Time Performance for a Mega-Hub Airport (OAG); one of “The World’s Best Airports for Business Travelers” (GlobeHunters); Public-Private Partnership of the Year (P3 Bulletin); Urth Caffe, Best Airport Coffee Concession of the Year (Global FAB Awards); Innovation of the Year, Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility (ARTBA); Best Project, United Airlines Terminal 7 and 8 Redevelopment Program (Engineering News Record California); North American Public-Private Partnership Deal of the Year (IJ Global); and Innovative Transportation Solution of the Year, Automated People Mover (WTS LA).


As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. Alternative formats in large print, braille, audio, and other forms (if possible) will be provided upon request.



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