Los Angeles International Airport

"LAX" redirects here. For the song, see L.A. International Airport. For other uses, see LAX (disambiguation).
Los Angeles International Airport
WMO: 72295
Airport type Public
Owner City of Los Angeles
Operator Los Angeles World Airports
Serves Greater Los Angeles Area
Location Los Angeles, California
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 128 ft / 39 m
Coordinates 33°56′33″N 118°24′29″W / 33.94250°N 118.40806°W / 33.94250; -118.40806Coordinates: 33°56′33″N 118°24′29″W / 33.94250°N 118.40806°W / 33.94250; -118.40806
Website www.lawa.org

FAA airport diagram

Location within the Los Angeles metropolitan area

Direction Length Surface
ft m
6L/24R 8,926 2,721 Concrete
6R/24L 10,285 3,135 Concrete
7L/25R 12,091 3,685 Concrete
7R/25L 11,095 3,382 Concrete
Passengers (2015) 74,937,004
Aircraft operations (2015) 655,564
Economic impact (2012) $14.9 billion[3]
Social impact (2012) 133.9 thousand[3]

Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX, ICAO: KLAX, FAA LID: LAX) is the largest and busiest airport in the Greater Los Angeles Area and the state of California, as well as being one of the largest international airports in the United States. It is most often referred to by its IATA airport code LAX, with the letters pronounced individually. LAX is located in the southwestern Los Angeles area along the Pacific Ocean between the neighborhood of Westchester to its immediate north and the city of El Segundo to its immediate south. It is owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, an agency of the government of Los Angeles, formerly known as the Department of Airports.

In 2015, LAX handled 74,936,256 passengers, an increase of 6 percent from the previous year,[7] making it the seventh busiest airport by passenger traffic in the world. The airport holds the claim for "the world's busiest origin and destination (O & D) airport," and has for many years. The airport also was the third busiest in the world by aircraft movements. Furthermore, it is also the only airport to rank among the top five U.S. airports for both passenger and cargo traffic.[8]

While LAX is the busiest airport in the Greater Los Angeles Area, other airports, including Bob Hope Airport, John Wayne Airport, Long Beach Airport, and Ontario International Airport, also serve the region. It is also notable for being one of the few U.S. airports with four parallel runways.

LAX serves as a hub for Alaska Airlines,[1] American Airlines, Delta Air Lines,[2] United Airlines, and Virgin America. The airport serves as a focus city for Allegiant Air, Air New Zealand, Qantas, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines and Volaris. LAX serves as either a hub or focus city for more Mainline US Carriers than any other airport in the Country and is the only airport that all three legacy carriers have designated a hub.

As the largest international airport on the U.S. West Coast, LAX is a major gateway to and from Europe, Latin America, Asia and Oceania. With its deep connections to Asia and Latin America in particular, LAX is considered to be the premier "Gateway to the Pacific Rim."[9]


Los Angeles Municipal Airport on Army Day, c.1931
Hangar No. 1 was the first structure at LAX, built in 1929, restored in 1990 and remaining in active use.[10]
Los Angeles International Airport with Marina Del Rey in the foreground and Palos Verdes Peninsula in the background

In 1928, the Los Angeles City Council selected 640 acres (1.00 sq mi; 260 ha) in the southern part of Westchester for a new airport for the city. The fields of wheat, barley and lima beans were converted into dirt landing strips without any terminal buildings. It was named Mines Field for William W. Mines, the real estate agent who arranged the deal.[11] The first structure, Hangar No. 1, was erected in 1929 and is in the National Register of Historic Places.[12]

Mines Field opened as the airport of Los Angeles in 1930 and the city purchased it to be a municipal airfield in 1937. The name became Los Angeles Airport in 1941 and Los Angeles International Airport in 1949.[13] In the 1930s the main airline airports were Burbank Airport (then known as Union Air Terminal, and later Lockheed) in Burbank and the Grand Central Airport in Glendale. (In 1940 the airlines were all at Burbank except for Mexicana's three departures a week from Glendale; in late 1946 most airline flights moved to LAX, but Burbank always retained a few.)[14]

Mines Field did not extend west of Sepulveda Boulevard;[15] Sepulveda was rerouted circa 1950 to loop around the west ends of the extended east–west runways (now runways 25L and 25R), which by November 1950 were 6,000 feet (1,800 m) long.[16] A tunnel was completed in 1953 allowing Sepulveda Boulevard to revert to straight and pass beneath the two runways; it was the first tunnel of its kind. For the next few years the two runways were 8,500 feet (2,600 m) long.[13][17]

The "X" in LAX

Before the 1930s, existing airports used a two-letter abbreviation based on the weather stations at the airports. At that time, "LA" served as the designation for Los Angeles Airport. But with the rapid growth in the aviation industry the designations expanded to three letters c. 1947, and "LA" became "LAX." The letter "X" has no specific meaning in this identifier.[18] "LAX" is also used for the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro and by Amtrak for Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.

Aircraft spotting

Southwest Airlines plane landing, as seen from Sepulveda Boulevard in Westchester

The "Imperial Hill" area (also known as Clutter's Park) in El Segundo is a prime location for aircraft spotting. Another popular spotting location sits under the final approach for runways 24 L&R on a lawn next to the Westchester In-N-Out Burger on Sepulveda Boulevard. This is one of the few remaining locations in Southern California from which spotters may watch such a wide variety of low-flying commercial airliners from directly underneath a flight path.

Space Shuttle Endeavour

At 12:51 p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2012, a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft carrying the Space Shuttle Endeavour landed at LAX on runway 25L.[19] An estimated 10,000 people saw the shuttle land. Interstate 105 was backed up for miles at a standstill. Imperial Highway was shut down for spectators. It was quickly taken off the Boeing 747 and was moved to a United Airlines hangar. The shuttle spent about a month in the hangar while it was prepared to be transported to the California Science Center.

Theme Building

Main article: Theme Building
Theme Building at night

The distinctive white googie "Theme Building", designed by Pereira & Luckman architect Paul Williams and constructed in 1961 by Robert E. McKee Construction Co., resembles a flying saucer that has landed on its four legs. A restaurant with a sweeping view of the airport is suspended beneath two arches that form the legs. The Los Angeles City Council designated the building a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1992. A $4 million renovation, with retro-futuristic interior and electric lighting designed by Walt Disney Imagineering, was completed before the "Encounter Restaurant" opened there in 1997.[20] Visitors are able to take the elevator up to the roof of the "Theme Building", which closed after the September 11, 2001 attacks for security reasons and reopened to the public on weekends beginning on July 10, 2010.[21] Additionally, a memorial to the victims of the 9/11 attacks is located on the grounds, as three of the four hijacked planes were originally destined for LAX.[22]


LAX has nine passenger terminals arranged in the shape of the letter U or a horseshoe. The terminals are served by a shuttle bus. The Tom Bradley International Terminal and Terminals 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 are all connected airside via an overground passage between Terminal 4 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal, an underground tunnel between Terminals 4, 5 and 6 and above-ground walkways between Terminals 6, 7, and 8. An additional airside shuttle bus operates among Terminals 4, 6, and the American Eagle remote terminal. There are no physical airside connections between any of the other terminals.

In addition to these terminals, there are 2,000,000 square feet (190,000 m2) of cargo facilities at LAX, and a heliport operated by Bravo Aviation. Qantas[23] has a maintenance facility at LAX, even though it is not a hub.

Airlines and destinations

LAX connects to 87 domestic and 69 international destinations in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

American Airlines/American Eagle operate the most departures from the airport, followed by United Airlines/United Express and Southwest Airlines. American operates the largest network of routes out of LAX serving more than 70 destinations, followed closely by Delta (58) and United (57).


A line-up of international carriers at the Tom Bradley International Terminal (including British Airways, China Airlines, Emirates, Air France, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa, and Asiana Airlines)
A Sun Country Airlines Boeing 737-800 taxiing at LAX N805SY
A Delta Air Lines Boeing 747-400 taking off from LAX
A United Airlines Boeing 787-8 taxiing at LAX
An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-900 taking off from LAX. The Hollywood Sign is visible in the distance
A Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767-300ER takes off from LAX, framed against the control tower
An Emirates Airbus A380 taking off from LAX
An Asiana Airlines Airbus A380 taxiing at LAX
An Air France Airbus A380 aircraft taking off from LAX.
A British Airways Airbus A380 taxiing at LAX
A Qantas Airbus A380 taxiing at LAX
A Korean Air Airbus A380 taxiing at LAX
A KLM Boeing 747-400 taking off from LAX
A Lufthansa Boeing 747-8 taking off from LAX
An Air New Zealand Boeing 777-300ER taking off from LAX
An Air China Boeing 777-300ER taking off from LAX
Aer Lingus Dublin 2
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo TBIT
Aeroméxico Guadalajara, Mexico City
Seasonal: Cancún
Aeroméxico Connect Hermosillo
Seasonal: Culiacán
Air Berlin Berlin–Tegel (resumes May 2, 2017),[24] Düsseldorf TBIT
Air Canada Calgary, Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver 2
Air China Beijing–Capital TBIT
Air France Papeete, Paris–Charles de Gaulle TBIT
Air New Zealand Auckland, London–Heathrow, Rarotonga TBIT
Air Tahiti Nui Papeete, Paris–Charles de Gaulle TBIT
Alaska Airlines Anchorage, Baltimore, Guadalajara, Havana (begins January 5, 2017),[25] Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Liberia (CR), Loreto, Manzanillo, Mazatlán, Portland (OR), Puerto Vallarta, Salt Lake City, San José del Cabo, San José (CR), Seattle/Tacoma, Washington–National 6
Alaska Airlines
operated by Horizon Air
Mammoth Lakes, Medford, Monterey, Santa Rosa
Seasonal: Gunnison/Crested Butte, Sun Valley
Alitalia Seasonal: Rome–Fiumicino TBIT
All Nippon Airways Tokyo–Haneda, Tokyo–Narita TBIT
Allegiant Air Albuquerque, Bellingham, Boise, Eugene, Grand Junction, Medford, Provo, Reno/Tahoe, Tulsa
Seasonal: Billings, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, Des Moines, Fargo, Fayetteville/Bentonville, Great Falls, Honolulu, Idaho Falls, Kalispell, Little Rock, McAllen, Memphis, Missoula, Montrose, Sioux Falls, Springfield/Branson, Tri-Cities (WA), Wichita
American Airlines Atlanta, Auckland, Austin, Beijing–Capital (begins December 16, 2016),[26] Belize City, Boston, Cancún (begins December 15, 2016),[27] Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Columbus (OH), Dallas/Fort Worth, Hartford, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Indianapolis, Kahului, Kailua–Kona, Las Vegas, Lihue, London–Heathrow, Mexico City, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, New Orleans, New York–JFK, Omaha, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Pittsburgh (ends February 14, 2017),[28] Puerto Vallarta (begins December 15, 2016),[27] Raleigh/Durham, St. Louis, San Francisco, San José del Cabo, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Seattle/Tacoma, Shanghai–Pudong, Sydney, Tokyo–Haneda, Tokyo–Narita, Toronto–Pearson, Washington–Dulles, Washington–National
Seasonal: Anchorage, Eagle/Vail, Jackson Hole, Montego Bay
Charter: Havana
4, 6
American Eagle Albuquerque, Denver, El Paso, Eugene, Fayetteville/Bentonville, Fresno, Houston–Intercontinental, Kansas City, Mazatlán, Montrose, Oklahoma City, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Portland (OR), Reno/Tahoe, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose (CA), Seattle/Tacoma, Tucson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Aspen, Austin, Durango (CO), Grand Junction (begins June 3, 2017),[29] Jackson Hole, Redmond/Bend
Asiana Airlines Seoul–Incheon TBIT
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna (begins April 10, 2017)[30] TBIT
Avianca Bogotá 2
Avianca Costa Rica Guatemala City, San José (CR), San Salvador 2
Avianca El Salvador San Salvador 2
Boutique Air Merced 3
British Airways London–Heathrow TBIT
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong TBIT
China Airlines Taipei–Taoyuan TBIT
China Eastern Airlines Chengdu, Nanjing, Shanghai–Pudong TBIT
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou TBIT
Copa Airlines Panama City 6
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Austin, Belize City, Boston, Cancún, Cincinnati, Columbus (OH), Detroit, Guadalajara, Guatemala City, Honolulu, Indianapolis, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Kahului, Kailua–Kona, Kansas City, Las Vegas, León/Del Bajío, Lihue, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, New Orleans, New York–JFK, Oakland, Orlando, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Portland (OR), Puerto Vallarta, Raleigh/Durham, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Jose (CA), San José del Cabo (begins December 17, 2016),[31] San José (CR), San Salvador, Shanghai–Pudong, Sydney, Tampa, Tokyo–Haneda, Washington–National (begins April 24, 2017)[32]
Seasonal: Liberia (CR), Managua, Miami
5, 6
Delta Connection Austin, Boise, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas, León/Del Bajío, Mazatlán, Monterrey, Oakland, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, San Jose (CA), Spokane, Tucson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Aspen (begins December 17, 2016),[33] Bozeman, Jackson Hole, Kalispell, Missoula, Portland (OR), Sun Valley
5, 6
Delta Shuttle San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma 5, 6
EL AL Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion TBIT
Emirates Dubai–International TBIT
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Dublin TBIT
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi TBIT
EVA Air Taipei–Taoyuan TBIT
Fiji Airways Nadi TBIT
Frontier Airlines Atlanta, Chicago–O'Hare, Cincinnati, Denver, Orlando
Seasonal: Cleveland[34]
Great Lakes Airlines Prescott 6
Hainan Airlines Changsha 2
Hawaiian Airlines Honolulu, Kahului
Seasonal: Kailua–Kona, Lihue
Iberia Seasonal: Madrid TBIT
Interjet Cancún, Guadalajara, Mexico City 2
Japan Airlines Osaka–Kansai, Tokyo–Narita TBIT
JetBlue Airways Boston, Buffalo, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando (begins January 5, 2017),[35] New York–JFK 3
KLM Amsterdam TBIT
Korean Air Seoul–Incheon TBIT
LATAM Chile Lima, Santiago de Chile TBIT
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin (begins April 3, 2017)[36] TBIT
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich TBIT
Mokulele Airlines El Centro, Santa Maria 6
Norwegian Air Shuttle
operated by Norwegian Long Haul
Barcelona (begins June 5, 2017),[37] Copenhagen, London–Gatwick, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda TBIT
Philippine Airlines Cebu, Manila TBIT
Qantas1 Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney TBIT
Qatar Airways Doha 2
Saudia Jeddah, Riyadh TBIT
Scandinavian Airlines Stockholm–Arlanda TBIT
Sichuan Airlines Chengdu, Hangzhou, Jinan (begins December 6, 2016)[38] TBIT
Singapore Airlines Seoul–Incheon,[39] Singapore, Tokyo–Narita TBIT
Southwest Airlines Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Cancún,[40] Chicago–Midway, Dallas–Love, Denver, El Paso, Houston–Hobby, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Liberia (CR), Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Oakland, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), Puerto Vallarta,[40] Reno/Tahoe, Sacramento, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Francisco, San Jose (CA), San José del Cabo,[40] Tucson
Seasonal: Omaha
Spirit Airlines Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Intercontinental, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New Orleans, Oakland, Philadelphia, Portland (OR), Seattle/Tacoma 3
Sun Country Airlines Minneapolis/St. Paul 2
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich TBIT
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Manchester (UK) 2
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk TBIT
United Airlines Baltimore, Boston, Cancún, Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Denver, Hilo, Honolulu, Houston–Intercontinental, Kahului, Kailua–Kona, Las Vegas, Lihue, London–Heathrow, Melbourne, Mexico City, Newark, Orlando, Puerto Vallarta, San Francisco, San José del Cabo, Shanghai–Pudong, Sydney, Tokyo–Narita, Washington–Dulles
Seasonal: Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, San Antonio, Seattle/Tacoma, Vancouver
7, 8
United Express Albuquerque, Austin, Boise, Colorado Springs, Dallas/Fort Worth, El Paso, Fresno, Las Vegas, León/Del Bajío, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Monterey, Oklahoma City, Palm Springs, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Reno/Tahoe, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Seattle/Tacoma, Tucson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Aspen, Bozeman, Hayden/Steamboat Springs, Houston–Intercontinental, Jackson Hole, Montrose, San Antonio
7, 8
Virgin America Boston, Cancún, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas–Love, Fort Lauderdale, Kahului, Las Vegas, New York–JFK, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma, Washington–Dulles
Seasonal: Honolulu
Virgin Atlantic London–Heathrow 2
Virgin Australia Brisbane, Melbourne (resumes April 4, 2017),[41] Sydney TBIT4
Volaris Aguascalientes, Durango, Guadalajara, León/Del Bajío, Mexico City, Morelia, Uruapan, Zacatecas 2
WestJet Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver 2
WOW air Reykjavík–Keflavík TBIT
XL Airways France Seasonal: Paris–Charles de Gaulle 2



AeroUnion[42] Guadalajara, León/El Bajío, Mexico City, Monterrey
AirBridgeCargo Airlines[43] Amsterdam, Anchorage, Hong Kong, Shanghai–Pudong
Air China Cargo[44][45] Beijing–Capital, Quito, Shanghai–Pudong
Aloha Air Cargo
operated by ABX Air[46]
Asiana Cargo[47] Anchorage, San Francisco, Seoul–Incheon
Atlas Air (Operated by Qantas Freight) Adelaide
Cargolux[48][49] Anchorage, Calgary, Glasgow–Prestwick, Luxembourg, Mexico City, Milano-Malpensa, Seattle/Tacoma
Cathay Pacific Cargo[50] Anchorage, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Portland (OR)[51]
Centurion Air Cargo[52] Guadalajara, Mexico City, Miami, Tokyo–Narita
China Airlines Cargo[53][54][55] Anchorage, Osaka, San Francisco, Taipei–Taoyuan
China Cargo Airlines[56] Shanghai–Pudong
China Southern Cargo[57][58][59] Guangzhou, Hefei, Shanghai–Pudong, Tianjin, Vancouver, Zhengzhou
DHL Aviation
operated by ABX Air[46]
Cincinnati, Guadalajara, Honolulu, Huatulco, Mexico City, Portland (OR), San Francisco, San José (CR), Seattle–Boeing
DHL Aviation
operated by Air Transport International[60]
Portland (OR), Seattle–Boeing
DHL Aviation
operated by Atlas Air[61][62]
Anchorage, Calgary, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Seoul–Incheon, Tokyo–Narita
DHL Aviation
operated by Kalitta Air
Honolulu, Seattle/Tacoma, Seoul–Incheon
DHL Aviation
operated by Southern Air
Hong Kong, Leipzig/Halle
DHL Aviation
operated by Polar Air Cargo[63][64][65]
Anchorage, Cincinnati, Seoul–Incheon
DHL Express
operated by Ameriflight
Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Tucson
Emirates SkyCargo[66][67] Copenhagen, Dubai–Al Maktoum, Mexico City, Zaragoza
EVA Air Cargo[68] Anchorage, Taipei–Taoyuan
FedEx Express Boston, Burbank, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Edmonton, Fort Worth/Alliance, Fresno, Honolulu, Indianapolis, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, Newark, Oakland, Ontario, Orange County, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Portland (OR), San Diego, Seattle/Tacoma, Sydney
Seasonal: Cincinnati
Florida West International Airways[69] Bogotá
Korean Air Cargo[70][71] Anchorage, San Francisco, Seoul–Incheon, Tokyo–Narita
Lufthansa Cargo[72] Frankfurt, Manchester
MasAir[73] Campinas–Viracopos, Guadalajara, Mérida, Mexico City, Quito
National Cargo[74] Anchorage, Nagoya–Centrair
Nippon Cargo Airlines[75][76] San Francisco, Tokyo–Narita
Qantas Freight
operated by Atlas Air[77]
Auckland, Chongqing, Honolulu, Melbourne, Sydney
Qatar Airways Cargo[78][79][80][81] Doha, Luxembourg, Mexico City
Singapore Airlines Cargo[82][83][84] Amsterdam, Anchorage, Brussels
Sky Lease Cargo[85] Miami, Tokyo–Narita
UPS Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Louisville, Ontario

Traffic and statistics

LAX handles more "origin and destination" (not connecting) passengers than any other airport in the world.[86][87]

The airport handled 28,861,477 enplanements, the total number of passengers boarding an aircraft, in 2008. This makes LAX the third busiest airport in the United States in terms of enplanements.[88]

It is the world's fifth-busiest airport by passenger traffic[89] and fifteenth-busiest by cargo traffic,[90] serving over 70.6 million passengers and 2 million tons of freight and mail in 2014. It is the busiest airport in the state of California, and the second-busiest airport by passenger boardings in the United States, based on final 2013 statistics.[91]

In terms of international passengers, as of 2012, LAX is the third busiest in the United States. (behind JFK in New York City and MIA in Miami)[92] and, as of 2006, 26th worldwide.[93]

The number of aircraft operations (landings and takeoffs) has steadily increased to 636,706 in 2014, up from 614,917 in 2013, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.[94] The Airports Council International places LAX at third most aircraft movements in the world, as of 2013.[95]

The LAX control tower and Theme Building as seen from Terminal 4
Traffic by calendar year
Enplaned and Deplaned Passengers Aircraft movements Freight
1994 51,050,275 689,888 1,516,567 186,878
1995 53,909,223 732,639 1,567,248 193,747
1996 57,974,559 763,866 1,696,663 194,091
1997 60,142,588 781,492 1,852,487 212,410
1998 61,215,712 773,569 1,787,400 264,473
1999 64,279,571 779,150 1,884,526 253,695
2000 67,303,182 783,433 2,002,614 246,538
2001 61,606,204 738,433 1,779,065 162,629
2002 56,223,843 645,424 1,869,932 92,422
2003 54,982,838 622,378 1,924,883 97,193
2004 60,704,568 655,097 2,022,911 92,402
2005 61,489,398 650,629 2,048,817 88,371
2006 61,041,066 656,842 2,022,687 80,395
2007 62,438,583 680,954 2,010,820 66,707
2008 59,815,646 622,506 1,723,038 73,505
2009 56,520,843 544,833 1,599,782 64,073
2010 59,069,409 575,835 1,852,791 74,034
2011 61,862,052 603,912 1,789,204 80,442
2012 63,688,121 605,480 1,867,155 88,438
2013 66,667,619 614,917 1,848,764 77,286
2014 70,662,212 636,706 1,921,302 79,850
2015 74,936,256 655,564 2,038,221 94,265
Source: Los Angeles World Airports[96]

Top domestic destinations

Busiest domestic routes from LAX (September 2015 – August 2016)[97]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 San Francisco, California 1,834,000 American, Delta, Southwest, United, Virgin America
2 New York–JFK, New York 1,655,000 American, Delta, JetBlue, United, Virgin America
3 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 1,399,000 American, Frontier, Spirit, United, Virgin America
4 Las Vegas, Nevada 1,337,000 American, Delta, Southwest, Spirit, United, Virgin America
5 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington 1,234,000 Alaska, American, Delta, Spirit, United, Virgin America
6 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 1,178,000 American, Delta, Spirit, United
7 Atlanta, Georgia 1,070,000 American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit
8 Honolulu, Hawaii 1,070,000 Allegiant, American, Delta, Hawaiian, United, Virgin America
9 Denver, Colorado 1,033,000 American, Delta, Frontier, Spirit, Southwest, United
10 Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Arizona 904,000 American, Delta, Southwest, Spirit, United, US Airways

Top international destinations

Busiest international routes from LAX (2015)[98]
Rank Airport Passengers Change 2014/2015 Carriers
1 London (Heathrow), United Kingdom 1,493,010 Increase4.5% Air New Zealand, American, British Airways, Delta, United, Virgin Atlantic
2 Tokyo (Narita), Japan 1,102,172 Increase0.5% ANA, American, Delta, Japan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, United
3 Seoul (Incheon), South Korea 1,083,522 Increase3.4% Asiana, Korean Air, Thai Airways
4 Taipei (Taoyuan), Taiwan 946,426 Increase4.5% China Airlines, EVA Air
5 Sydney, Australia 934,215 Decrease8.7% American, Delta, Qantas, United, Virgin Australia
6 Vancouver, Canada 896,490 Increase19.1% Air Canada, Alaska, American, Delta, United, WestJet
7 Guadalajara, Mexico 746,017 Increase0.8% Aeroméxico, Alaska, American, Delta, Interjet, Volaris
8 Mexico City, Mexico 725,575 Decrease5.5% Aeroméxico, American, United, Volaris
9 Toronto (Pearson), Canada 619,227 Increase2.5% Air Canada, American
10 Paris (Charles de Gaulle), France 579,311 Increase2.9% Air France, Air Tahiti Nui
11 Hong Kong, Hong Kong 553,214 Increase8.5% Cathay Pacific
12 Shanghai (Pudong), China 512,456 Increase4.5% American, China Eastern, Delta, United
13 Dubai (International), United Arab Emirates 486,975 Increase13.8% Emirates
14 Beijing (Capital), China 464,832 Increase4.2% Air China
15 Melbourne, Australia 445,525 Increase3.5% Qantas, United

Airline market share

Largest Airlines at LAX (Aug 2015 – Jul 2016)[97]
Rank Airline Passengers Share
1 American Airlines1 11,230,000 20.30%
2 Delta Air Lines 9,369,000 16.94%
3 Southwest Airlines 8,944,000 16.17%
4 United Airlines 8,412,000 15.21%
5 SkyWest Airlines 2,725,000 4.93%

Ground transportation

Transportation between terminals

Shuttles operate to and from the terminals, providing frequent service for connecting passengers. However, connecting passengers who use these shuttles must leave and then later reenter security. Underground tunnels connect between terminals 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, and an above-ground connector between TBIT and terminal 4 opened in February 2016.[99]

One of the large LAX signs that greet visitors to Los Angeles International Airport. This sign is at the Century Boulevard entrance to the airport.

Freeways and roads

LAX's terminals are immediately west of the interchange between Century Boulevard and Sepulveda Boulevard (State Route 1). The 405 Freeway can be reached to the east via Century Boulevard, and the 105 Freeway can be reached to the south via Sepulveda Boulevard.

The 405 freeway near LAX


LAX City Bus Center

The closest bus stops to the terminals are the pair of opposites on Sepulveda Boulevard and Century Boulevard, served by Metro 117, Torrance 8, Metro 232, Commuter Express 574 and Metro 40 to Los Angeles Union Station (owl service only).

In addition, out of a number of bus systems, many routes (local, rapid and express) of the LACMTA Metro 232 to Long Beach, Line 8 of Torrance Transit, Line 109 of Beach Cities Transit, the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus system's Line 3 and Rapid 3 via Lincoln Boulevard to Santa Monica and the Culver CityBus's Line 6 and Rapid 6 via Sepulveda Blvd to Culver City and UCLA all make stops at the LAX Transit Center in Parking Lot C. on 96th St., where shuttle bus "C" offers free connections to and from every LAX terminal, and at the Green Line, where shuttle bus "G" connects to and from the terminals.

The Taiwanese airline China Airlines operates a bus service from LAX to Monterey Park and Rowland Heights. This service is only available for China Airlines customers.[100]

FlyAway Bus

Main article: FlyAway Bus

The FlyAway Bus is a nonstop motorcoach/shuttle service run by the LAWA, which provides scheduled service between LAX and Downtown Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley (Van Nuys), West Los Angeles (Westwood), Hollywood and Santa Monica. The Irvine FlyAway was discontinued on August 31, 2012. The shuttle service stops at every LAX terminal. The service hours vary based on the line. All lines use the regional system of High Occupancy Vehicle lanes to expedite their trips. The Los Angeles Union Station service and a late-night branch of Metro Local route 40 are the only direct transport links between the airport and Downtown Los Angeles.

Metro Rail

Shuttle bus "G" offers a free connection to and from the Aviation/LAX station on the Los Angeles Metro Rail Green Line. The line was originally intended to connect directly to the airport terminals, but budgetary restraints and opposition from local taxi and parking lot owners impeded its progress and won.

Airport Metro Connector

Airport Metro Connector
Consolidated Rental Car Facility
Aviation/96th Street
Intermodal Transportation Facility
Terminals 1, 6, 7
Terminal 2
Terminals 3, 4, Int'l

In June 2014, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved a $200 million Metro Rail infill station called Aviation/96th Street on the under construction Crenshaw/LAX Line to connect to an automated people mover (APM) system called the Airport Metro Connector, connecting terminals 1–8 to the light rail systems.[101] The people mover will have six stations: three serving the central terminal area, one serving a ground transportation hub, one serving the infill light rail station, and one serving a rental car hub, decreasing the need for shuttle bus services. Construction, estimated to cost $1.5 billion, is planned to start in early 2017 and to be completed by early 2024.[102][103] Currently, shuttle bus "G" runs every 10–15 minutes (synched with the train schedule) from 5 am – 1:30 am.[104]

Taxis and private shuttles

Taxicab services are operated by nine city-authorized taxi companies and regulated by Authorized Taxicab Supervision Inc. (ATS). ATS maintains a taxicab holding lot under the 96th Street Bridge where, at peak periods, hundreds of cabs queue up to wait their turn to pull into the central terminal area to pick up passengers. A number of private shuttle companies also offer limousine and bus services to LAX Airport.

Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles

The airport also functions as a joint civil-military facility, providing a base for the United States Coast Guard and its Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles facility, operating four HH-65 Dolphin helicopters, which covers Coast Guard operations in various Southern California locations, including Catalina Island. Missions include search and rescue (SAR), law enforcement, aids to navigation support (such as operating lighthouses) and various military operations. In addition, Coast Guard helicopters assigned to the air station deploy to Coast Guard cutters.

The Coast Guard is planning to close Coast Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles and move its aircraft and personnel to Naval Air Station Point Mugu, part of Naval Base Ventura County in Oxnard, California, when the lease on the existing facility ends in 2016.[105][106]

Flight Path Learning Center & Museum

The light towers, first installed in preparation for the Democratic National Convention in 2000, change colors throughout the night

The Flight Path Learning Center is a museum located at 6661 Imperial Highway and was formerly known as the "West Imperial Terminal". This building used to house some charter flights (Condor Airlines) and regular scheduled flights by MGM Grand Air. It sat empty for 10 years until it was re-opened as a learning center for LAX.

The center contains information on the history of aviation, several pictures of the airport, as well as aircraft scale models, flight attendant uniforms, and general airline memorabilia such as playing cards, china, magazines, signs, even a TWA gate information sign. The museum also offers school tours and a guest speaker program.

The museum's library contains an extensive collection of rare items such as aircraft manufacturer company newsletters/magazines, technical manuals for both military and civilian aircraft, industry magazines dating back to World War II and before, historic photographs and other invaluable references on aircraft operation and manufacturing.[107]

The museum has on display "The Spirit of Seventy-Six," which is a DC-3 (DC-3-262, Serial No. 3269). After being in commercial airline service, the plane served as a corporate aircraft for Union Oil Company for 32 years. The plane was built in the Douglas Aircraft Company plant in Santa Monica in January 1941, which was a major producer of both commercial and military aircraft.[108]

The museum claims to be "the only aviation museum and research center situated at a major airport and the only facility with a primary emphasis on contributions of civil aviation to the history and development of Southern California".[109] There are other museums at major airports, however, including the Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum adjacent to Washington Dulles Airport, the Royal Thai Air Force Museum at Don Muang Airport, the Suomen ilmailumuseo (Finnish Aviation Museum) at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field, the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium at Tulsa International Airport and others.

Other facilities

Hotels next to LAX

The airport has the administrative offices of Los Angeles World Airports.[110]

Continental Airlines once had its corporate headquarters on the airport property. At a 1962 press conference in the office of Mayor of Los Angeles Sam Yorty, Continental Airlines announced that it planned to move its headquarters to Los Angeles in July 1963.[111] In 1963 Continental Airlines headquarters moved to a two-story, $2.3 million building on the grounds of the airport.[112][113] The July 2009 Continental Magazine issue stated that the move "underlined Continental Airlines western and Pacific orientation".[114] On July 1, 1983 the airline's headquarters were relocated to the America Tower in the Neartown area of Houston.[115]

In addition to Continental Airlines, Western Airlines and Flying Tiger Line also had their headquarters at LAX.[116][117]

Accidents and incidents

During its history there have been numerous incidents, but only the most notable are summarized below:[118]









Planned modernization

New Tom Bradley West International Terminal "Bon Voyage" screen that greets travelers about to depart through the expanded concourse

LAWA currently has several plans to modernize LAX. These include terminal and runway improvements, which will enhance the passenger experience, reduce overcrowding, and provide airport access to the latest class of very large passenger aircraft.

These improvements include:[149]

LAWA is also planning to build and operate an automated people mover. This small train will include three stations in the central terminal area and three outside east of the terminals at a new intermodal transportation facility, connecting passengers between the central terminal area and the Metro Green Line, the future Metro Crenshaw Line, and regional and local bus lines and a consolidated car rental facility.[150]

In popular culture

Numerous films and television shows have been set or filmed partially at LAX, at least partly due to the airport's proximity to Hollywood studios. Film shoots at the Los Angeles airports, including LAX, produced $590 million for the Los Angeles region from 2002 to 2005.[151]

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