Los Angeles International Airport has had sharp drop in passenger traffic due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Los Angeles International Airport has had sharp drop in passenger traffic due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Ringo Chiu.

Passenger traffic at Los Angeles International Airport continued to rebound in July from pandemic-induced lows, led by domestic air travel, according to figures released Aug. 26 by airport officials.

Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that operates LAX, reported 1.52 million passengers went through the airport in July, down 82% from the same month in 2019.

The domestic passenger count reached a Covid-era high of 1.33 million in July, down 77.5% from July of last year. That’s a five-fold improvement over the 240,000 domestic passengers in April, which was a 96% drop from April 2019.

But only 192,000 international passengers went through LAX in July, a gain from 59,000 at the low Covid-era point in April, but still down 92.4% from July 2019.

For the first seven months of 2020, 19.2 million passengers went through terminal gates at LAX, down 62.7% from the same period last year. About 14.3 million of those were domestic passengers (down 60.8% from last year), while 4.9 million were international travelers (down 67.2% from last year).

Cargo continues to be a bright spot for LAX. In July, planes flying into and out of LAX carried 218,000 tons of air cargo, up 13% from July of last year.

The July gain brings LAX nearly back to break-even for the year in air cargo tonnage, with 1,322,439 tons recorded for the first seven months of the year, down just 0.2% from the same period in 2019. Cargo volumes fell earlier in the year as the Covid-19 pandemic swept through China, closing factories there.

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