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Record-setting traffic year in 2014 at Los Angeles

Record-setting numbers of both domestic and international passengers have been announced at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in 2014, resulting in a new record for total passenger volume.

Year-end statistics show LAX airlines served 70,662,212 total passengers in 2014 – 6% above the 66,665,726 passengers in 2013, and beating the previous record of 67,303,182 total passengers in 2000.

Of the 2014 total, a record 19,105,667 (or 27%) passengers were aboard international flights – a 7% increase over the previous record set in 2013 of 17,852,139.

In addition, last year’s record 51,556,545 domestic passengers are 5.6% higher than the 48,813,587 passengers in 2013, beating the previous record of 49,887,433 set in 2000.  

Total air cargo (mail and freight) processed at LAX during 2014 was 2,001,152 tonnes, an increase of 3.8% from 1,928,720 tonnes in 2013, while freight (goods) rose 3.8% in 2014 to 1,921,302 tonnes from 1,851,443 in 2013, and airmail also increased 3.3% in 2014 to 79,850 tonnes from 77,286 tonnes in 2013.

The number of aircraft operations (landings and take-offs) grew 3.5% to 636,706 operations in 2014 from 614,917 in 2013, while commercial airline operations grew 5.9% to 531,373 from 501,598 in 2013.

All other categories of aircraft operations declined: air taxi (charter) dropped 8.1% to 851,125 from 92,624 in 2013; general aviation dropped 0.8% to 18,090 operations from 18,226 in 2013; and military dropped 14.2% to 2,118 flights from 2,469 in 2013.

Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), comments: “The record passenger level and increased cargo activity at LAX are attributable to an improving worldwide economy, especially in the Asia-Pacific region, and to a strengthening of the Southern California economy.

“In addition, US and overseas airlines are starting or expanding international services at LAX as a result of our on-going, multi-billion-dollar LAX Modernization Program.”

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