After languishing for several years, international passenger numbers are going up at LAX. The aviation gateway to Pacific destinations reported handling 17.8 million foreign travelers in 2013. Overall, total passenger volume reached 66.7 million travelers that year, just short of the record of 67.3 million travelers set in 2000, before the September 11 attacks and the Great Recession. Note, however, that LAX is also undergoing renovations to improve passenger comfort. This is a far cry from what is going on in New York City’s long-neglected LaGuardia Airport. The airport lacks space for expansion and its cramped terminals are in dire need of repairs. Moreover, the airport has no rail access of any kind, a far cry from what is offered at JFK and Newark Liberty. A $3.6 billion modernization project is set to start, but won’t finish until 2021.