The number of passengers flying through Los Angeles International Airport continued to rise in July, keeping the airport on pace for its best year since the recession.

Los Angeles World Airports on Tuesday said that LAX handled 6.2 million passengers in July, up about 2 percent compared with same month a year earlier.

For the first seven months of the year, passenger traffic rose 3.3 percent to 37.1 million passengers, more than in the same period in 2007, the year LAX hit a pre-recession peak of 62.4 million passengers.