Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX, ICAO: KLAX, FAA LID: LAX), commonly referred to as LAX (with each of its letters pronounced individually), is the primary international airport serving Los Angeles and its surrounding metropolitan area.

Los Angeles International Airport
Summary
Airport typeInternational
OperatorLos Angeles World Airports
ServesGreater Los Angeles
LocationWestchester, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Opened1930 (1930)
Hub for
Focus city for
Built1928
Elevation AMSL128 ft / 39 m
Coordinates33°56′33″N 118°24′29″W
Websitewww.flylax.com
Maps

FAA airport diagram
LAX/KLAX
Location within the Los Angeles metropolitan area
LAX/KLAX
LAX/KLAX (California)
LAX/KLAX
LAX/KLAX (the United States)
LAX/KLAX
LAX/KLAX (North America)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6L/24R 8,926 2,721 Concrete
6R/24L 10,885 3,318 Concrete
7L/25R 12,923 3,939 Concrete
7R/25L 11,095 3,382 Concrete
Statistics
Passengers (2020)28,779,527
Aircraft operations (2020)379,364
Economic impact (2012)$14.9 billion[2]
Social impact (2012)133,900[2]

LAX is located in the Westchester neighborhood of Los Angeles, 18 miles (30 km) southwest of Downtown Los Angeles, with the commercial and residential areas of Westchester to the north, the city of El Segundo to the south and the city of Inglewood to the east. LAX is the closest airport to the Westside and the South Bay.

The facility is owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), an agency of the government of Los Angeles, formerly known as the Department of Airports. The airport covers 3,500 acres (1,400 ha) of land and has four parallel runways.[3]

In 2019, LAX handled 88,068,013 passengers, making it the world's third busiest and the United States' second busiest airport following Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. As the largest and busiest international airport on the U.S. West Coast, LAX is a major international gateway to the United States, and also serves a connection point for passengers traveling internationally. The airport holds the record for the world's busiest origin and destination airport, since relative to other airports, many more travelers begin or end their trips in Los Angeles than use it as a connection. It is also the only airport to rank among the top five U.S. airports for both passenger and cargo traffic.[6] LAX serves as a major hub or focus city for more passenger airlines than any other airport in the United States.

While LAX is the busiest airport in the Greater Los Angeles Area, several other airports, including Hollywood Burbank Airport, John Wayne Airport, Long Beach Airport, and Ontario International Airport, also serve the region.