Passengers at LAX

Passengers at LAX

Passenger traffic at Los Angeles International Airport was up 4.7 percent in October compared to last year, and is up 4.6 percent so far this year, according to the airport organization.

Last month, 7.19 million passengers boarded or disembarked from planes at LAX, up from 6.87 million a year ago in October. International traffic was up 5.1 percent to 2.03 million passengers, while domestic traffic grew 4.5 percent to 5.16 million passengers.

For the first 10 months of 2017, 70.7 million passengers moved through LAX, up from 67.5 million over the first 10 months of last year. International traffic was up sharply - 9.2 percent - to 20.8 million passengers, while the domestic passenger volume rose 2.8 percent to 49.8 million.

If this trend holds through the year’s final two months, LAX is poised to post another record travel year with more than 84 million passengers passing through the airport.

On the air cargo side, total tonnage slipped 1.3 percent in October to 201.5 tons, compared to a year ago. But for the first 10 months of this year, air cargo eked out a slight gain of 0.9 percent to 585,600 tons over the same, year-ago period.

Economy, education, energy and transportation reporter Howard Fine can be reached at hfine@labusinessjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter @howardafine.