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October 1, 1928
Los Angeles Municipal Airport, originally known as Mines Field, begins operation.
The first structure, Hangar No. 1, is built.
June 7, 1930
Official dedication
December 5, 1946
Commercial airline service begins.
June 1961
Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson dedicates the new Jet Age Satellite terminals.
October 1, 1978
50th Anniversary of LAX
November, 1983
Second-level roadway and ticketing connector buildings are completed.
January 1984
Terminal One is completed.
June 11, 1984
Official dedication of the Tom Bradley International Terminal
July 1984
LAX welcomes participants and spectators to the XXIII Olympic Games.
June 1991
Hangar No. 1, refurbished in 1990, is accepted as a National Historic Landmark and listed in the Register of Historical Places.
December 18, 1992
Los Angeles City Council designates the Theme Building, built in 1961, as a City Cultural and Historical Monument.
December 5, 1996
50th Anniversary of commercial airline service at LAX.
January 31, 1997
Encounter Restaurant in the Theme Building, with its space-age interior opens.
August 2000
LAX Lighting Ceremony for pylons.
New Gateway to Southern California
October 1, 2003
LAX celebrates its 75th anniversary.
October 2003
LAWA partners with the nonprofit Flight Path Learning Center of Southern California to celebrate the centennial of aviation by opening the Flight Path Learning Center and Museum on the south perimeter of LAX. The center focuses on aviation education and the preservation of the Southland’s aviation heritage.
February 2007
A $700 million interior renovation begins at the Tom Bradley International Terminal to provide travelers with improved convenience, amenities and security.
April 2007
Newly relocated Runway 25 Left/7 Right on the south side of the airport reopens to air traffic. Completion was a major milestone in an overall $333-million South Airfield Improvement Project.
June 2008
New center taxiway opens on the airport’s south runway complex, providing enhanced airfield safety.
June 2009
Runway Status Lights installed to increase overall safety of aircraft operations at LAX by reducing the likelihood of a runway collision.
February 2010
Construction begins on the $1.545-billion Bradley West Project, the largest public works project in Los Angeles history.
May 2010
Taxiway R, which connects LAX’s north and south airfields, improves safety and efficiency of aircraft ground movements, and alleviates periodic airfield congestion, opens. It is the first Category 6 taxiway at LAX constructed to accommodate new large aircraft, such as the Airbus A-380 super jumbo jet.
May 2010
Interior renovation of the Tom Bradley International Terminal is completed.
June 2010
Renovation of the arched Theme Building is completed and its observation deck reopened. The landmark structure is the most recognized building in Los Angeles.
January 2011
New $13.9 million Airport Response Coordination Center opens and is expected to greatly enhance operational efficiency and crisis management capabilities.
June 2011
Special activities mark the golden anniversary of the Jet-Age Airport, dedicated on June 25, 1961 by Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson with guests, including Lisa Halaby who later became Queen Noor of Jordan.
Nearly 25 major Capital Improvement Projects valued at $4.5 billion in construction costs are underway, including: the New Tom Bradley International Terminal Modernization Project; installation of in-line checked baggage screening systems in all terminals; upgrades to all elevators and escalators; renovations in Terminals 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8; airfield taxilane and taxiways; and replacement of the Central Utility Plant.
August 2012
An economic impact analysis reports construction activity at LAX is generating 294,400 jobs in Los Angeles County with labor income of $13.8 billion and economic output of more than $39.7 annually. An additional 19,400 jobs are supported in neighboring counties. This activity added $2.5 billion to local and state tax revenues.
September 2012
The NASA Space Shuttle Endeavour arrives at LAX September 12 on its way to its final destination at the California Science Center in Exposition Park. The shuttle remains housed in a United Airlines hangar until October 12, when it begins a two-day trek on city streets to its new display pavilion. The exhibit opens to the public on October 30.
June 2013
Thousands of visitors, well-wishers and participants celebrated during the historic preview of the New Tom Bradley International Terminal TBIT) on June 20. Elected officials, airport officials, business leaders, local celebrity chefs and media from around the world participate in a series of unique events designed to showcase LAX and create global excitement for the New TBIT before construction is completed.
June 2013
Former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley’s bronze bus is rededicated during LAX Appreciation Day on June 22. LAX Appreciation Day gave the public a one-day only opportunity to get a sneak-peek at the New Tom Bradley International Terminal.
September 2013
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is joined by three former mayors and other elected officials, airport officials and representatives of airlines, and other airport tenants to commemorate the start of flight operations in the New Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT). The start of flight operations on September 18 marked completion of Phase I of the overall $1.9-billion New TBIT Project.


The airport occupies 3,425 acres (1,386 hectares) within the City of Los Angeles Reference point coordinates are 33o 56' north latitude by 118o 24' west longitude. Elevation is 125.55 feet

General Statistics 

  • LAX is the sixth busiest airport in the world and third busiest in the United States, based on number of passengers.
  • In 2012, 63.7 million passengers used LAX.
  • LAX ranks 14th in the world and fifth in the U.S. in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 1.9 million tons of freight and mail valued at more than $86.9 billion processed in 2012
  • There were 605,480 operations (takeoffs and landings) in 2012.
  • LAX has nearly 8,000 parking spaces in the Central Terminal Area and an additional 4,500 in its nearby Parking Lot C. Free shuttle service is provided from Parking C to the airline terminals.
  • Approximately 75 air carriers serve LAX, including all major airlines. There are nine terminals with more than 140 aircraft parking spots for commercial airlines.
  • The airport has four east/west parallel runways: 24R/6L is 8,925 ft.; 24L/6R is 10,285 ft.; 25R/7L is 12,090 ft.; and 25L/7R is 11,095 ft. All are 150 feet wide except for 25L/7R which is 200 ft. wide.
  • The FAA Control Tower began operation in April 1996. It stands 277 feet above ground and utilizes state-of-the-art equipment. The old Control Tower, built in 1961, is 172 feet tall and served LAX for 35 years. It now serves as the Los Angeles World Airports Clifton A. Moore Administrative Building.

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