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Number of LAX Passengers Up 3.6 Percent

Around 30.9 million passengers flew through LAX through June.

The number of passengers flying in and out of Los Angeles International Airport was up 3.6 percent during the first half of the year, compared with the first six months of 2011, airport officials said Thursday.

About 30.9 million passengers flew through LAX through June. That was up from 29.9 million during the same period in 2011.

The growth was slightly off from last year's 5.4 percent increase in passenger traffic over the first half of 2010.

Air cargo was up 5.4 percent during the first six months of 2012 to 964,360 tons from 915,147, reversing a 3.3 percent  percent drop during the first half of last year.     The growth in international traffic outpaced that of domestic travelers. In June, international traffic was up 4.6 percent over the same month in 2011. Domestic traffic rose one percent.

LAX is the third busiest airport in the country, behind airports in Atlanta and Chicago. Last year, the airport moved close to 2 million tons of cargo valued at more than $85 billion.

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