updated 10/27/2010 3:16:14 PM ET 2010-10-27T19:16:14

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 27, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Passenger traffic at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) during the third quarter increased 2.9 percent to 16,006,102 from 15,552,711 passengers during the same three-month period last year, according to statistics released today by airport officials. Total year-to-date passenger volume is up 4.3 percent to 44, 343,103 from 42,512,710 during the same January-to-September period of 2009.

From July to September this year, domestic traffic rose 2.7 percent to 11,678,525 passengers from 11,368,649 during the third quarter last year. International passenger traffic rose 3.4 percent to 4,327,577 during the third quarter compared to 4,184,062 passengers during the same period in 2009.

Total air cargo volume for the third quarter was up 13.3 percent with 483,565 tons, compared to 426,772 tons last year.

Year-to-date air cargo is up 21.3 percent to 1,432,852 tons from 1,180,794 tons during the same January-to-September period in 2009.

"We have been watching a gradual increase in total domestic and international passenger volume due to some improvements in the global economy -- especially in the international sector," said Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, the City department that owns and operates three airports. "Promising indictors for the immediate future are the start of new service by existing airlines, as well as airlines new to LAX. The next several months will confirm the extent to which recent upward movement in traffic will be the foundation of a sustained pattern."    

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the seventh busiest airport in the world, offering more than 565 daily flights to 81 destinations in the U.S. and more than 1,000 weekly nonstop flights to 65 international destinations. LAX is part of a system of three Southern California airports -- along with LA/Ontario International and Van Nuys general aviation -- that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the general fund.

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