Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) set a new all-time record for passenger traffic in 2018 with 87.5 million travelers, up 3.52% over 2017’s previous record.
International passenger traffic slightly outpaced overall traffic growth at LAX, with a record-setting 26 million international travelers last year. More than 61 million domestic passengers traveled through LAX.
In 2018, nonstop flights from LAX served 109 U.S. markets and another 93 internationally. Top international markets included London, Mexico City and Seoul, while New York (JFK/Newark), San Francisco, Chicago and Las Vegas were the most popular U.S. markets.
Over the last five years, LAX has experienced continued growth. From 2014 to 2018, LAX added 21 new airlines and 36 new nonstop routes to international destinations. Passenger traffic has grown 31.2% during that time, maintaining LAX’s position as the second-busiest commercial airport in the country. In 2018, these new routes included Lomé, Togo; Shenyang and Xian, China; and Buenos Aires. New domestic routes included Arcata/Eureka, Calif., and Flagstaff, Ariz.