Flight Time Records
Even though we've been told everything changed after 9/11 that doesn't mean it can't change back. With a record setting first quarter for International travel, LAX expects to get back to pre-9/11 traffic levels by next year. The 4.1 million international passengers in the first quarter this year surpassed the 4 million international customers during the same period in 2001. March of this year saw a 13.2% increase in foreign travel over March of 2004.
Kim Day, executive director of LA World Airports, said, "Because people from abroad spend more money than domestic travelers, the Southern California economy is benefiting from the surge in international travel..."
Great for California but, perhaps, not a great confidence booster for the American dollar. One of the benefits for international travellers is the Yen and Euro both being much stronger than our own currency.
Ontario International Airport is also reporting record travel so far in 2005.