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Los Angeles International Airport emerges as fifth-busiest airport in the world in 2021

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) was the fifth-busiest airport in the world and the United States in 2021, according to preliminary figures released by Airports Council International (ACI) World.

A total of 48,007,284 passengers used LAX in 2021, an increase of 67% compared with 2020. The increase in passenger traffic last year moved LAX up 10 spots among the busiest airports in the world, from No. 15 during the height of the pandemic in 2020, to No. 5 last year. A record 88.1 million passengers used LAX in 2019, when the airport was No. 3 in the world and No. 2 in the United States by total passenger traffic.

“LAX continues to welcome more and more people back through its doors, and we expect to continue this rise in passenger numbers as international and business travel increase this year,” said Justin Erbacci, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). He further added, “Our team has been working hard to prepare LAX for this travel resurgence and is greeting passengers with new terminals, safer and healthier facilities, advanced amenities such as smart parking and touchless ID checks, and additional air service to more parts of the U.S. and the world.”

LAX also maintained its spot in the Top 10 airports in the world for air cargo in 2021, according to ACI. Matching 2020, LAX was No. 8 in the world with a total of 2,691,830 metric tons of cargo, an increase of 20.7 percent over 2020. LAX was 13th in the world in cargo in 2019.

For 2021, LAX recorded a total of 506,769 aircraft movements (takeoffs and landings), making it No. 6 in the world for total operations, an increase of 33.6% from 2020.

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