International Passenger Traffic Leading Recovery at LAX; Other Local Airports Continue to Surpass Pre-Pandemic Levels
Los Angeles Business Journal » Travel
by Howard Fine
6M ago
When the Covid lockdown hit, in spring 2020, international passenger traffic at Los Angeles International Airport plunged to nearly zero. And for most of the last two years, international travel was very slow to rebound and acted as a drag on overall passenger traffic at the region’s largest airport. But in the last few months, and especially in July, international passengers have led the recovery at LAX. During July, more than 1.8 million international travelers went through the gates at LAX, the highest level since the pandemic began. That’s just about double the level of July of last year a ..read more
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April Passenger Traffic at Burbank and Ontario Airports Surpasses Pre-Pandemic Levels; LAX Still Catching Up
Los Angeles Business Journal » Travel
by Denise Kozlowski
6M ago
Air traffic at local airports continued to rebound in April from pandemic-induced lows, with two surpassing pre-pandemic passenger counts and Los Angeles International edging closer to its pre-Covid level. For the second straight month, the number of passengers at both Hollywood-Burbank and Ontario International airports in April surged past pre-lockdown April 2019 levels, by nearly 7% and 6%, respectively. The third regional airport, Long Beach, was not far behind, falling short of April 2019’s level by almost 8%. Taken as a group, these three regional airports registered a 3% increase in pas ..read more
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Airport Passengers Nearing Pre-Pandemic Numbers
Los Angeles Business Journal » Travel
by Hannah Madans Welk
6M ago
This article has been revised and corrected from the original version. For the first time since the pandemic hit, the cumulative number of passengers using the four airports serving Los Angeles County has come within 10% of pre-pandemic levels, according to September figures from the airport authorities. Nearly 7.6 million passengers went through the gates in September at Los Angeles International, Ontario International, Hollywood-Burbank and Long Beach airports, about 8.7% less than the nearly 8.3 million passengers recorded for the same month in 2019. Each of the four airports improved their ..read more
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Regional Airports Enjoy High Traffic
Los Angeles Business Journal » Travel
by Howard Fine
6M ago
At the four airports serving Los Angeles County, it’s a tale of two worlds. The three regional airports – Hollywood Burbank, Long Beach and Ontario International – are beginning to soar above pre-pandemic passenger traffic levels. In February, they cumulatively recorded passenger counts 9% above February 2019 and 13% more than a year ago. Los Angeles International Airport, while growing year over year, still lags 19% behind pre-pandemic passenger levels. Since the pandemic hit, international traffic has been the main drag, but now domestic passenger traffic is holding back a full recovery at t ..read more
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Cruising Enjoys Post-Covid Rebound
Los Angeles Business Journal » Travel
by Denise Kozlowski
6M ago
In another sign of rebound from Covid lockdowns, Carnival Cruise Line has announced it is adding a ship to its fleet that sails from L.A.’s port complex. Carnival is a year away from bringing its newest ship to passengers, but guests can already find out about the Carnival Firenze. The company, owned by the Miami-based Carnival Corp. & PLC has launched an online portal on which guests can register to be among the first to know all about the ship. Carnival Firenze will join the Carnival lineup in spring of next year and will sail yearround from the Port of Long Beach.   The Carnival Fi ..read more
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Recovery at Local Airports Slowed in November
Los Angeles Business Journal » Travel
by Howard Fine
6M ago
The recovery in passenger traffic at local airports slowed in November as the rebound in international passengers at Los Angeles International Airport began to moderate. About 6.9 million passengers went through the gates in November at the four airports serving Los Angeles County: LAX, Ontario International, Hollywood Burbank and Long Beach. That was down 14% from pre-pandemic Nov. 2019, though up 12% from November of last year. LAX had nearly 5.6 million passengers in November, down 17% from Nov. 2019. The recovery was strongest in international passenger traffic, with the November tally of ..read more
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LA Area Airport Traffic Recovering
Los Angeles Business Journal » Travel
by Howard Fine
6M ago
The recovery in passenger traffic at local airports resumed in September, with Los Angeles International Airport surpassing for the first time 80% of pre-pandemic passenger counts. Nearly 7 million passengers went through the gates in September at the four airports serving Los Angeles County: LAX, Ontario International, Hollywood Burbank and Long Beach. That was down 16% from pre-pandemic September 2019, the smallest percentage shortfall since the pandemic began. LAX had 5.62 million passengers in September, down 19.8% from September 2019. “LAX finished the summer travel season in a strong pos ..read more
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Recovery in Passenger Counts at Local Airports Hit Headwinds in August
Los Angeles Business Journal » Travel
by Howard Fine
6M ago
The long route back to pre-pandemic passenger travel levels at local airports hit some headwinds in August. Roughly 7.4 million passengers went through the gates in August at the four airports serving Los Angeles County: Los Angeles International, Ontario International, Hollywood Burbank and Long Beach. That was down 22% from pre-pandemic August 2019, the largest such shortfall since March. Only one airport – Ontario International – managed to surpass 2019 levels, and even then just barely, as its 511,000 passengers in August was up only 1.4% from August 2019. “Ontario International continues ..read more
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June Passenger Traffic at Burbank and Ontario Airports Continues Above Pre-Pandemic Levels; LAX Slowly Catching Up
Los Angeles Business Journal » Travel
by Howard Fine
6M ago
Air traffic at local airports continued to rebound in June from the Covid lockdown two years ago, with two airports again exceeding pre-pandemic passenger counts and Los Angeles International hitting its highest passenger total since the pandemic began. For the fourth straight month, the number of passengers at both Hollywood-Burbank and Ontario International airports in April surged past pre-lockdown June 2019 levels, by nearly 8% and more than 4%, respectively. The third regional airport, Long Beach, was not far behind, falling short of June 2019’s level by 4%. Taken as a group, these three ..read more
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Local Airports Anticipating Summer Travel Rebound With Total Passenger Traffic Above or Near Pre-Pandemic Levels
Los Angeles Business Journal » Travel
by Howard Fine
6M ago
With passenger counts rising every month, local airports are anticipating the most robust summer travel season in the Covid era, with traffic either surpassing pre-pandemic levels or coming very close. Nearly 7.2 million passengers went through the gates in May at the four airports serving Los Angeles County: Los Angeles International, Ontario, Hollywood-Burbank and Long Beach. That’s up 7% from April and 47% from May 2021. Local airport executives expect this trend to continue through the summer travel season. “We are immensely pleased with the pace of Ontario International’s performance as w ..read more
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