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LAX 2003 Passenger Counts Lowest In 9 Years

Sun Feb 01, 2004 4:09 am

2003 passenger counts at LAX continued to slide to the lowest in 9 years.

Additionally, LAX now only handles 71% of Southern California traffic, compared to 88% in 1960 and 77% in 2000.

Area airport passenger counts in 2003:
LAX 54.9 million
BUR 4.7 million
LGB 2.9 million
SNA 8.5 million
ONT 6.5 million

Full article at:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-airports31jan31,1,625570.story
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RE: LAX 2003 Passenger Counts Lowest In 9 Years

Sun Feb 01, 2004 4:18 am

my first instinct is to say: good.

LAX is really a mad place. its good to see that burbank long beach john wayne and ontario are being used more than in the past. no doubt jet blue has something to do with LGB's 2.9 million...
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RE: LAX 2003 Passenger Counts Lowest In 9 Years

Sun Feb 01, 2004 5:43 am

I'm tempted to say yippee! But then again, LAX provides most of the economy to Westchester (the part of LA where it is located). And having grown up there, I don't want to see it decline.

I'm pretty sure part of this is the fact that LAX needs to expand and the people of Westchester won't allow it. But that's understandable.

I am glad that the other area airports are seeing business though. That means less traffic on the freeways around LAX.  Smile But when I'm visiting family in LA, I will always use LAX because they live less than 15 minutes from there.
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RE: LAX 2003 Passenger Counts Lowest In 9 Years

Sun Feb 01, 2004 3:18 pm

Personally I don't know why people think LAX is a zoo... I flew out of LGB on Jetblue for the first time 3 months ago and I hated it! That was a zoo! You still have to have remote parking, the terminal is just ghetto... the only convience is walking, you don't have to walk! But at LAX parking is very organized both on site and off and the only difference is having to walk a little further from gate to curb. Plus you have so many more flight choices..
 
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RE: LAX 2003 Passenger Counts Lowest In 9 Years

Mon Feb 02, 2004 4:49 am

Don't worry!,In 2003 a lot of International Airports will drop down in passengers volume. The main reasons are the war in Iraq and SARS. I think this year, if there are no new reasons, the figures will be recover.

I give you some airports from the worlds top 30 where the figures for 2003 are already known.

LHR -0,18%, LAX -2,25%, FRA -0,2%, CDG -0,74%, AMS -1,61%, HKG -21,17%, MSP -1,74%, BKK -6,24%, MIA -2,35%, SIN -14,77%, PEK -10,16%.

LAX is an big hub for far east flights and there was a big decline.
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RE: LAX 2003 Passenger Counts Lowest In 9 Years

Mon Feb 02, 2004 5:02 am

It shows too.

The first time i visited LAX on a spotting trip it was mad,i had a great time.The last trip was just over a year ago,the traffic was much slower.

Quite sad.
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RE: LAX 2003 Passenger Counts Lowest In 9 Years

Mon Feb 02, 2004 11:00 am

While some traffic at LAX is down due to more international concerns, I found this quote from the article about the number of flights lost at LAX interesting.
"Today, LAX is serving 18% fewer passengers than it did at its peak in 2000. About 54.9 million travelers visited the world's fifth-busiest airport last year.

The falloff is due largely to a move by United Airlines and other carriers to cut flights after the 2001 terrorist attacks. Only Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport and Boston's Logan International Airport lost more flights than LAX in the last 2 1/2 years, according to FAA statistics.

Traffic fell further at LAX last year after fears about SARS — severe acute respiratory syndrome — prompted Asian travelers to stay home and airlines that serve Asia to slash flights. LAX handles more flights to Asia than any other U.S. airport.
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