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The LAX sign at the Century Boulevard entrance to Los Angeles International Airport
The LAX control tower and Theme Building

About Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles International Airport is the primary airport serving Los Angeles, California, United States and is the largest airport in the Greater Loas Angeles Area.

It is often referred to by its airport code LAX, with the letters pronounced individually.

With 61,895,548 passengers in 2007, LAX is the fifth busiest airport in the world and is served by direct flights to North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and The Middle East. The airport is a major hub for United Airlines and a focus city for American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Southwest Airlines.


LAX is located in southwestern Los Angeles in the neighborhood of Westchester, 16 mi (26 km) from the downtown core.

The airport occupies some 3,500 acres (5 sq mi/14 kmÂ?) of the city on the Pacific coast.

The airport's coastal location exposes it to fog, during which flights are occasionally diverted to LA/Ontario International Airport in Ontario, San Bernardino County 47 mi (76 km) to the east. LAX is one of the most famous locations for commercial aircraft spotting, most notably at the so called "Imperial Hill" area (also known as Clutter's Park) in El Segundo from which nearly the entire South Complex of the airport can be viewed. Another famous spotting location sits right under the final approach for runways 24 L&R on a small grass lawn next to the Westchester In-N-Out Burger restaurant, and is noted as 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.


LAX, originally known as Mines Field, has been used as aviation field since 1928. Before commercial airline service started in 1946, it was used in World War II for military flights. The current terminal complex was constructed in 1961 and in the early 1980's LAZ added domestic and terminals, along with a second-level roadway.