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For Immediate Release
October 19, 2023

LAX Public Relations
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(Los Angeles, CA) - Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is proud to announce the airport surpassed pre-pandemic passenger levels for the first time since 2019 during a two-day October travel period.

The milestone was first reached on Monday, October 9 when the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reported screening 111,017 passengers at LAX, which represents about 103% of the number of passengers screened on the same day in 2019 (107,675 vs. 111,017). On Tuesday, October 10, the TSA screened 94,686 passengers representing more than 100% of the passengers screened on the same day in 2019 (94,211 vs. 94,686). From October 1 – 16, the airport welcomed 3,317,276 passengers compared to 3,509,522 passengers during the same time in 2019, which represents a 94.5% recovery.

“The remarkable milestone of surpassing pre-pandemic passenger volume is an achievement that Los Angeles World Airports celebrates with our employees, guests, and airport partners. Over the course of the last few years, we have been dedicated to building resiliency and laying the foundation for a full recovery,” said Bea Hsu, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles World Airports. “The fall travel season is already taking off at the highest levels since 2019, and LAX looks forward to more record-setting days as we welcome passengers into the Thanksgiving and winter holidays.”

LAX continues to experience improvements in domestic and international traffic. Flights to Mexico, Central and South America are fully recovered, and flights to Europe are expected to reach pre-pandemic levels by this winter. Available seats on current LAX flights are at 88% of pre-pandemic levels, but due to high travel demand and increased load factors, the airport still achieved 100% passenger recovery.

LAX has service to 85 domestic destinations compared to 93 domestic destinations in 2019 and 75 international destinations compared to 83 international destinations in 2019.

The complete monthly passenger traffic reports can be viewed here.

About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
LAX, the sixth-busiest airport in the world serving nearly 66 million guests in 2022, is owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), a proprietary, revenue-generating department of the City of Los Angeles that also governs Van Nuys Airport (VNY). As the international gateway to the Southern California region, LAX and its partners are dedicated to meeting global airport standards for customer satisfaction, safety, regional economic leadership, organizational performance and sustainability.

To better serve the millions of domestic and international guests that travel through LAX each year, the airport is undergoing a multi-billion-dollar capital improvement program to modernize its entire campus. Initiatives underway include an Automated People Mover, a Consolidated Rental Car Facility and two projects that will each add over one million square feet to the airport's existing property: Terminal 9 and Concourse 0. For more information about LAX, its transformation and its environmental, social and local workforce commitments, please visit Follow LAX on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.

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