Los Angeles International Airport

The Los Angeles International Airport often referred to as LAX, is located at 1 World Way in downtown Los Angeles, California, 90045. This airport is an extremely popular hub for travelers coming from everywhere. In fact, over 20 million people made their way through the Los Angeles International Airport in the year 2021 which is an uptick of 68.26% from 2020. That statistic probably wouldn’t be as impressive if the COVID-19 pandemic hadn’t caused shutdowns in travel all across the globe and 88 million visitors hadn’t passed through in 2019. This was an impressive year for the airport, being the second busiest airport in the U.S.

The airport is a city-government-run facility that is operated by its own branch called the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA.) With four runways parallel to each other, the property is composed of 3,500 acres of land. It was once the third biggest and most traveled-through airport in the entire world since it is a well-known connecting hub and popular travel destination. According to Wikipedia, “LAX serves as a major hub or focus city for more passenger airlines than any other airport in the United States.”[2022] Other airports that serve the Los Angeles area include San Bernardino International Airport, John Wayne Airport (Orange County), Hollywood-Burbank Airport, Ontario International Airport, and Long Beach Airport.

The Los Angeles International Airport can have its history traced back to the creation of Mines Field. An aviation hub was declared necessary by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and the City Council in 1926, and a location was sought out. Real estate agent William W. Mines pushed for the use of the land he was selling to be the place the new airport would be built. Before runways had even begun to be laid, the National Air Races selected the location to host their event in 1928. It opened on the first of October that same year, but the first building would not be constructed until the following year. This building currently remains on the premises and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The airport was given the name Los Angeles Municipal Airport in 1930 after it had undergone some upgrades and improvements. It was not an instant success for its intended purpose to attract commercial travelers as the Burbank Airport, and the Grand Central Airport in Glendale were already much more established. It was mainly used for private pilots and flight schools. During World War II, the airport had to put its marketing efforts to rest as it was taken over by the military in order to be a base in 1942. Plans were made by managers of the airport for it to begin hosting airlines in 1943

The X in the abbreviation of the name was given in 1947 as the growth of the aviation industry rapidly burst and has no further meaning than being an identifier for the facility. Two other transportation entities use this abbreviation, including the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro and Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.

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