Passenger numbers at LAX, Ontario International decline in May
The number of passengers handled by Los Angeles International Airport dipped slightly in May while travel out of struggling LA/Ontario International Airport continued its downward plunge.
Van Nuys Airport, one of the busiest general-aviation centers in the nation, also recorded a significant drop in aircraft operations.
Los Angeles World Airports, the operator of the three facilities, reported that May's passenger volume at LAX was 5,412,723, a 1.17% decline from May 2011, when 5,477,064 passengers were counted.
However, the number of passengers handled at LAX from July 2011 to May 2012 was 57,188,861, an increase of slightly more than 4% compared with July 2010 to May 2011.
At Ontario International, the passenger volume for May was 373,975, a decline of 5.74% compared with May 2011 when 396,746 travelers were handled.
From July 2011 to May 2012, the number of passengers at Ontario dropped 7.16% to 4,032,390 from 4,343,159 recorded from July 2010 to May 2011.
Since 2007, Ontario International has lost more than a third of its passengers — a downward trend that is expected to continue for the rest of the year.
At Van Nuys, the number of takeoffs and landings totaled 24,213 for May, a decline of 16.55% from May 2011 when 29,016 flight operations were reported.
From July 2011 to May 2012, Van Nuys reported 254,775 takeoffs and landings compared with 283,951 operations from July 2010 to May 2011. The 10.28% decline reflects a nationwide decline in the popularity of general aviation that has been underway for years.