12/02/2022 12:00 AM


(Los Angeles) Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has welcomed more than 54 million travelers this year through October, while year-over-year international passenger traffic nearly doubled as travel demand continues to grow into the fall.

The airport reported a total of 5,877,180 passengers in October, up from 4,848,035 in the same month last year. The increase of more than 21% is largely due to international travelers, which totaled 1,503,908 – nearly double the 765,618 international travelers reported in October 2021.

"The fall travel season already is taking off at the highest levels since 2019, and LAX is ready to welcome even more passengers into the winter holidays," said Justin Erbacci, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). "The combination of new facilities, new technology and new airlines are adding up to an improved airport journey from the curb to the gate, and we are excited to show off more of our modernization in the months ahead."

For the year through October, overall passenger traffic at LAX is up 44.04% compared with the same time in 2021 with a total of 54,569,493 passengers. The number of international guests during that time is up 122.97% compared to 2021 (13,454,406 vs. 6,034,196), while domestic passengers are up 29.09% (41,115,087 vs. 31,850,322) so far this year.

The complete October 2022 passenger traffic report can be viewed here.

About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
LAX, the fourth-busiest airport in the world and second busiest in the United States, was named a top-10 U.S. airport by SKYTRAX. LAX served more than 87.5 million passengers in 2018 and offers an average of 700 daily nonstop flights to 109 cities in the U.S. and 1,281 weekly nonstop flights to 93 markets in 47 countries on 69 commercial airlines. LAX ranks 10th in the world in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 2.4 million tons of air cargo. LAX handled 707,883 operations (landings and takeoffs) in 2018.

LAX generated 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 was honored as having the “Best Overall Customer Service Program” by Airports Council International-North America; named the “Best Airport for Breastfeeding Moms” by Mamava; selected for the Top 10 “Best of the U.S.’s Big Airports” (Wall Street Journal) and “Most Pet-Friendly Airports in the U.S. (Mental Floss); named the second-most improved airport in the U.S. by JD Power; received an “Innovation Award” from the L.A. Better Business Challenge for its Central Utility Plant; and named a “Business Leader in Air Quality” by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

LAX is also the second-most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram, according to 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, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund.

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