LOS ANGELES (CNS) — More than 4 million people traveled through LAX in February, a 150% increase from the same month last year, which the airport attributes to Los Angeles hosting the Super Bowl and an increase in people traveling compared to earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic.
February’s 4.080 million travelers included 3.336 million on domestic flights and 744,454 on international flights, accounting for a 228.8% increase in international travelers compared to the same month the previous year and a 139.4% increase in domestic travel.
“A boost from the Super Bowl and a greater demand for travel as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to an increase in the number of guests using LAX in February,” said Los Angeles World Airports CEO Justin Erbacci.
“We anticipate continued improvement in our passenger numbers in March, based on data from the Transportation Security Administration, and we are looking forward to very busy spring and summer travel seasons.”
February also saw more travelers at LAX than the previous month, despite January having three more days. Domestic travel at LAX was nearly 8% higher in February than January, but international travel decreased 14.2%. Overall, there were 3.1% more passengers in February compared to January.
Despite the increase in travel during February, the month still saw fewer travelers than February 2020, a month before stay-at-home orders were issued in California due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That month, more than 5.8 million travelers passed through LAX.