Monday January 29, 6:54 pm ET
LOS ANGELES, CA--(MARKET WIRE)--Jan 29, 2007 -- Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) today reported passenger and cargo traffic statistics for 2006 for Los Angeles International (LAX) and LA/Ontario International (ONT) airports.
LAX airlines served 61,041,066 total passengers in 2006, a decline of seven-tenths of one percent from 61,489,523 passengers in 2005. International passenger traffic experienced its first decline since 2003, falling 3.3 percent from 17,486,263 in 2005 to 16,911,092 last year. According to airport officials, airlines have not added capacity due to high fuel costs and a desire to increase profitability.
ONT passenger traffic surpassed the seven-million mark for the second consecutive year as the airport served 7,049,904 in 2006, down 2.3 percent from 7,214,171 passengers in 2005. ONT international passenger traffic (primarily to and from Mexico) increased 31 percent to 156,660 passengers in 2006 from 120,367 passengers in 2005.
Air cargo (mail and freight) processed at LAX during 2006 was 2,103,082 tons, down 1.6 percent from 2,136,661 tons in 2005.
ONT air cargo (mail and freight) for 2006 totaled 544,600 tons, a decline of 5.6 percent from 576,791 tons in 2005.
LAWA is a City of Los Angeles department that owns and operates LAX, LA/ONT International and two other Southern California airports -- LA/Palmdale Regional and Van Nuys. Statistical tables are available on LAWA's Internet website at http://www.lawa.org under each airport's statistics section.
Source: Los Angeles World Airports
Passenger Count Declines at LAX, Ontario
By ALLEN P. ROBERTS Jr. - 1/30/2007
Los Angeles Business Journal Staff
The number of passengers at Los Angeles International and Ontario International airports declined in 2006, according to operator Los Angeles World Airports.
The airports served a total of 68.1 million passengers during the year, down nearly 1 percent from 68.7 million.
LAX served 61 million passengers in 2006, a 0.7 percent dip while Ontario Airport passenger traffic served just over 7 million, a 2.3 percent fall. However, international travel from LAX dipped 3.3 percent while international traffic from Ontario, which mainly serves Mexico, increased 31 percent to 156,660 passengers.
Airport officials blamed the drop on airlines not adding additional capacity because of high fuel costs and a desire to increase profitability.
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