LAX Ranks as Fifth-Busiest Airport in the World – Los Angeles

Based on preliminary data released Monday by the Airports Council International World, Los Angeles International Airport was ranked fifth in terms of international airport traffic in 2021. 

“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, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports, which owns and operates LAX and the Van Nuys Airport.

“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 saw more than 48 million passengers in 2021. This is a 67% increase over 2020. It also moved up 10 places from number 15, which was at the height of the 2020 pandemic. With 88.1 million passengers passing through LAX in 2019, it was the third busiest airport in the world.

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport was ranked the most crowded airport in the world for 2021. It was followed by Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (LAX), Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW International Airport), Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (Chicago), LAX, LAX, LAX, Charlotte Douglas International Airport; Orlando International Airport; Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.

International Airport Chengdu Shuangliu, China; and Las Vegas’ Harry Reid International Airport. 

LAX also ranked number eight in the global air cargo rankings in 2021. The airport handled more than 2.69 million metric tons of cargo per year, an increase 20.7% since 2020. The airport was used by 506,769 aircraft, ranking it sixth in total operations.


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