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Los Angeles airport is the 2nd busiest passenger airport in the United States and the 4th busiest in the world. Skytrax recently named LAX one of the most improved airports in all of the world. In 2016, the airport served more than 80 million passengers which was an 8% increase from 2015. LAX provides over 600 daily non-stop flights to more than 90 US cities. It also provides more than 1200 weekly non-stop flights to more than 70 international destinations in 41 countries.
When it comes to air cargo tonnage processed, it ranks 5th in the United States and 14th in the world. There is more than $101 billion and over 2 billion tons of air cargo that goes through both of the Southern California airports of which LAX is one. The city of Los Angeles owns and operates LAX. The money to operate this huge airport venture does not come from the city’s general fund.
LAX has a huge cargo facility that includes the 57 acre Imperial Complex, the 98 acre Century Cargo Complex and a number of other cargo facilities on the southern side of the airport. For example, Mercury Air Cargo opened a 12,000 ft.² refrigeration facility in 2009. In 2011 they opened up another 16,000 ft.² perishable and refrigeration facility which is the largest among all US West Coast airports.
LAX provides a definite positive economic impact on the city of Los Angeles. It is a dynamic airport that attracts, creates, and supports a variety of economic activities throughout Southern California. A study that was done in 2014 reported that LAX was responsible for generating over 600,000 jobs in Southern California. The labor income for those 600,000 jobs was an incredible $37 billion. Business revenues were even more staggering at $126 billion. The economic activity of LAX added more than $8 billion in federal tax revenues and more than $6 billion for local and state revenues.
The airport has 4 runways that go from East to West. All of the runways are 150 feet wide except for one runway which is 200 feet wide. There are more than 140 aircraft parking spots within the nine passenger terminals. The air traffic control tower is 277 feet tall and it began to operate on April 1, 1996. This unique air traffic control tower was designed to safely service LAX’s 4 parallel runways. Ground controllers are responsible for the 4 runways and the Federal Aviation Administration has employees to control all of the air space above LAX.
There are almost 8000 parking stalls at LAX airport. The stalls are in 8 parking structures which are directly opposite the road that passes in front of the passenger terminals. There are also more than 4000 parking stalls available in Lot C which provides economy parking. You can take a free shuttle bus service from Lot C to the airline terminal. There are also other public transportation options such as door-to-door shuttle vans, airport buses, light rail, rental cars, taxicabs, and limousines.
Not far from LAX is the Los Angeles Office of LAIG. If you are in need of a personal injury attorney for car accidents, bus accident or any other vehicle accident give us a call or visit the website here. In LA county you can also check out the campus of UCLA, one of the top universities in the country.