Los Angeles International Airport is seeing an increase in passenger traffic as the busy airport continues to add new flights and amenities for passengers to utilize.

Increased Passenger Traffic at LAX

According to recent reports, Los Angeles International Airport saw an increase in passenger traffic of 10.7 percent in November when compared to the same time last year. This amounts to the number of passengers increasing from 5.38 million to 5.96 million when comparing year-to-year data. Meanwhile, the number of domestic passengers utilizing the airport increased by 10.6 percent while the number of international travelers increased by 11 percent to 1.57 million.

While the number of passengers utilizing LAX increased in November, the airport did see a drop in cargo. Overall, the airport experienced a 2.2 percent drop to 179,703 tons. Freight also experienced a decline of 2.45 percent to 172,119 tons. Mail cargo, on the other hand, increased by 4.58 percent to 7,585 tons.

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When panning back to look at the entire year from January through November, passenger traffic at LAX increased by 5.79 percent to 68.49 million. During this same time period, domestic traffic increased by 4.81 percent to 49.49 million while international traffic increased 8.43 percent to 19 million.

A Company-Wide Trend

Los Angeles World Airports, which operates LAX, also operates Van Nuys Airport and Ontario International Airport. Located just 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Ontario International Airport is also enjoying a successful year. Passenger traffic increased to 359,046 from 345,574 in November 2014, representing a 3.9 percent increase. International traffic also experienced growth, with AeroMexico and Volaris seeing a 25.89 percent increase when compared to last year. In addition, cargo traffic increased by 12.86 percent when compared to last year

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Increasing International Travel Options

Just as international passenger traffic is on the rise at LAX, the airport will now offer additional flight options for international travelers. Qatar Airways recently started to offer daily, non-stop service between Los Angeles International Airport and Hamad International Airport in Doha. Officially launched at the first of the year, the new route is Qatar Airways’ first passenger service to the West Coast. Using a Boeing 777-200, flight QR739 will leave Doha at 7:45 am local time each day, arriving in Los Angeles at 1:10 pm. Flight QR740 will leave at 3:10 pm local time and arrive at Doha at 6:10 pm the following day.

In addition to adding on the new flights at the beginning of the year, Qatar Airlines has also announced plans to offer flights to Boston starting on March 16 and to Atlanta beginning June 1. The airline is also enhancing existing services along U.S. routes that it has already established. Last month, for example, the company brought the state-of-the-art Airbus A350 to the United States for the first time and began offering daily services on January 1 to Philadelphia. The company will also soon begin offering A350 services along a second route between Doha and New York in April. Altogether, the company has a fleet of 175 aircraft flying to six continents and 150 destinations. Among its fleet are six Airbus 330, one Boeing 747 freighter and eight Boeing 777 freighters.

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