Los Angeles International Airport.

Los Angeles International Airport. Photo by Ringo Chiu.

The Covid-19 pandemic continued to take a toll at LAX in June as passenger traffic fell 87% from the same month a year ago.

For the first half of 2020, airport officials reported July 27, traffic was off 59% compared to the first six months of 2019.

Just over 1 million passengers went through the gates at Los Angeles International Airport in June, down from 8 million in June 2019, according to a report released by Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that runs LAX.

The drop was even more pronounced for international travel, as only 129,000 international passengers went through LAX in June, a decline of 94.5% from June 2019 — a slight improvement from the 97% drop recorded in April.

Domestic travel in June rebounded a bit from its April low as 905,000 passengers went through LAX, down 84% from June 2019.

For the first half of 2020, 17.7 million passengers went through the gates at LAX, a decline of 58.9% from the first half of 2019. Domestic traffic fell 57.6% during the period to 12.9 million, while international traffic fell 62% to 4.7 million.

The only bright spot at LAX continues to be air cargo, which recorded 211,000 tons in June, up 9.6% from June 2019. LAX has emerged as a primary entry point for personal protective equipment made in China and other Asian countries.

For the first half of 2020, air cargo was down 2.5% to 1.1 million tons, compared to the first half of 2019. Much of the drop came in February and March as factories shuttered in China.

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