A report suggests demand for the airport may reach 112 million travelers a year by 2025
The forecast, released Tuesday by the Federal Aviation Administration, attempts to measure only the economic demand for air travel.
It does not take into account how the airport would handle that demand, or whether it physically could.
By most estimates, LAX can comfortably accommodate only about 79 million passengers a year. Planners and politicians want to siphon the additional demand toward the smaller airports scattered throughout the suburbs.
That won’t be easy. The forecast suggests that none of the region’s other airports will attract even a fraction of the demand at LAX on their own
The FAA uses its long-range forecasts to help it make planning, budgeting and staffing decisions. It updates the forecasts for most public airports in the country every year. In Los Angeles, the forecast also gives some idea of how much the region’s air traffic will have to shift to push enough demand toward the smaller airports.