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.
For the next few years the two runways were 8,500 feet (2,600 m) long.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.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.
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.) 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.
In 2015, LAX handled 74,936,256 passengers, an increase of 6 percent from the previous year, making it the seventh busiest airport by passenger traffic in the world. LAX serves as a hub for American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and Virgin America.
The airport holds the claim for "the world's busiest origin and destination (O & D) airport," and has for many years. The airport serves as a focus city for Allegiant Air, Air New Zealand, Qantas, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines and Volaris. West Coast, LAX is a major gateway to and from Europe, Latin America, Asia and Oceania.
The airport also was the third busiest in the world by aircraft movements. 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 LA/Ontario International Airport, also serve the region. 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. With its deep connections to Asia and Latin America in particular, LAX is considered to be the premier "Gateway to the Pacific Rim." 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.
Furthermore, it is also the only airport to rank among the top five U. The fields of wheat, barley and lima beans were converted into dirt landing strips without any terminal buildings. Mines, the real estate agent who arranged the deal.