International passenger traffic at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) nearly doubled in July compared with the same time last year, signaling a strong rebound in international travel this summer for the first time since early 2020.

The airport reported a total of 6,337,451 passengers in July, up from 5,561,739 in the same month last year. The increase of nearly 14% was largely powered by international travelers, who totaled 1,819,942 — an increase of 97% compared with July 2021, and nearly 200,000 more international travelers than in June 2022.

“The strong rebound in international travel that we have seen during the peak summer months is very encouraging and adding to our overall growth in passenger numbers this season,” said Justin Erbacci, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). “With more airlines from around the world adding service to Los Angeles, we are positioned to enter the fall and winter holiday travel seasons in the strongest position in more than two years.” This summer, LAX has continued to add new international airlines and destinations, including most recently Norse Atlantic Airways which launched nonstop service from LA to Oslo, Norway and Berlin, Germany earlier this month.

For the year through July, overall passenger traffic at LAX is up 57.2% compared with the same time in 2021 with a total of 36,983,913 passengers. The number of international guests during that time is up 142% compared to 2021 (8,752,683 vs. 3,618,684), while domestic passengers are up 41.8% (28,231,230 vs. 19,910,514) so far this year.

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