LA-Area Airport Traffic Down as Covid Surges, Crew Shortages Slam Airlines

The rebound in air travel at local airports hit some turbulence in August with passenger counts down 7% from July thanks in part to the rapid spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus.

The four airports serving Los Angeles County — Los Angeles International, Ontario International, Hollywood Burbank and Long Beach — had 6.2 million passengers go through their gates in August, down from 6.7 million passengers in July.

The August passenger count was triple the level from the same month last year, though down 34.6% from pre-pandemic August 2019.

Justin Erbacci, chief executive at Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that runs LAX, said the spread of the delta variant was only one of several factors behind the August slowdown.