Passenger volume continued rising in August at Los Angeles International Airport, putting the airport on track to exceed last year’s record traffic, according to figures released Tuesday by Los Angeles World Airports.

The number of passengers traveling through the airport grew to 7.1 million last month, up 5.8 percent from the 6.7 million passengers of the same period a year earlier.

Domestic volume grew 3.9 percent to 5 million, compared to 4.8 million a year ago. International passenger numbers climbed 10.8 percent to 2.1 million, up from 1.9 million a year ago.

Cargo also showed growth, with total volume up 2.7 percent to nearly 174,000 tons compared to a year ago. Mail cargo climbed 19 percent to 7,100 tons, while freight cargo grew 2 percent to 166,000 tons.

Year-to-date, 50.1 million people have traveled through LAX, a 4.6 percent increase over last year’s first eight months, when 47.9 million people passed through LAX. International traffic in that period is up 7 percent, while domestic travel is up 3.7 percent. Using August’s figures, LAX is on track to break last year’s record of 70.7 million passengers.

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