With its deep connections to Asia and Latin America in particular, LAX is also considered to be the premier gateway to the Pacific Rim.making it the world's fourth busiest airport by passenger traffic, and country's second busiest overall after Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta.
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.
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.
The airport is most often referred to by its IATA airport code (and FAA LID) LAX, with the letters pronounced individually.
LAX is in the southwestern Los Angeles area along the Pacific Ocean between the neighborhood of Westchester to its immediate north, the city of El Segundo to its immediate south and the city of Inglewood its immediate east.
The airport holds the claim for "the world's busiest origin and destination (O & D) airport," and has for many years.
Relative to other airports, many more travelers begin or end their trips in Los Angeles than use it as a connection. The airport serves as a focus city for Allegiant Air, Air New Zealand, Qantas, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and Volaris.
1947, and "LA" became "LAX." The letter "X" has no specific meaning in this identifier.
"LAX" is also used for the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro and by Amtrak for Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.
To reduce noise from arriving aircraft during night hours (0000 to 0630), the air traffic pattern becomes "Over-Ocean Operations".
Under "Over-Ocean", departing aircraft continue to take off to the west, but arriving aircraft approach from the west unless otherwise required to approach from the east due to reduced visibility or easterly winds.
At that time, "LA" served as the designation for Los Angeles Airport.