Los Angeles International Airport
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Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Los Angeles
OperatorLos Angeles World Airports
ServesLos Angeles metropolitan area
LocationLos 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 / 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
Websitewww.flylax.com
Maps
FAA airport diagram
FAA airport diagram
LAX is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
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Location within the Los Angeles metropolitan area
LAX is located in California
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LAX (California)
LAX is located in the United States
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LAX (the United States)
LAX is located in North America
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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 (2018)87,534,384
Aircraft operations (2018)707,833
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), commonly referred to as LAX (with each of its letters pronounced individually), is the primary international airport serving Los Angeles, California, United States, and its surrounding metropolitan area.

LAX is located in the Westchester neighborhood of Los Angeles in California, 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. 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. LAX has four parallel runways.[4]

In 2018, LAX handled 87,534,384 passengers, making it the world's fourth 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 car