Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX, ICAO: KLAX) is the primary international airport serving The City of Los Angeles. It is the largest and busiest airport in both the Los Angeles metropolitan area and in the state of California, second busiest airport in the United States, and one of the largest international airports in the U.S. and the world.
LAX is located in the district of Westchester in the county of Los Angeles, in the California, 18 miles (30 km) southwest of Downtown Los Angeles, between the district of Westchester to its immediate north, the city of El Segundo to its immediate south and the city of Inglewood its immediate east. It is owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, an agency of the government of Los Angeles, formerly known as the Department of Airports. Covering 3,500 acres (1,416 ha) of land, LAX is also notable for its four parallel runways. In 2017, LAX handled 84,557,968 passengers, making it the world's fourth busiest airport by passenger traffic, and the country's second busiest overall after Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta. 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 cargo traffic.