LAX History

Just the Facts

October 1,1928 Los Angeles Municipal Airport, originally known as Mines Field, begins operation.
June 1929 The first structure, Hangar No. 1, is built.
June 7,1930 Official dedication
December 5,1946 Commercial airline service begins.
June 25,1961 Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson dedicates the new Jet Age Satellite terminals.
October 1,1978 50th Anniversary of LAX
November 10,1983 Second-level roadway and ticketing connector buildings are completed.
January 23,1984 Terminal 1 is completed.
June 11,1984 Tom Bradley International Terminal is dedicated.
July 1984 LAX welcomes participants and spectators to the XXIII Olympic Games.
July 30,1992 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 8,2000 LAX Lighting Ceremony for pylons. New Gateway to Southern California
October 1,2003 LAX celebrates its 75th anniversary.
October 1,2003 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.
April 2,2007 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 24,2008 New center taxiway opens on the airport’s south runway complex, providing enhanced airfield safety.
June 11,2009 Runway Status Lights installed to increase overall safety of aircraft operations at LAX by reducing likelihood of a runway collision. The pilot program is a partnership between LAWA and the Federal Aviation Administration.
February 22,2010 Construction begins on New Tom Bradley International Terminal Project.
May 24,2010 Taxiway R, which connects LAX’s north and south airfields, opens
July 2, 2010 Renovation of the arched Theme Building is completed and its observation deck reopens.
January 24,2011 New $13.9 million Airport Response Coordination Center opens
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.
September 12, 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.
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 20, 2013 Thousands celebrate during historic preview of the New Tom Bradley International Terminal.
June 22, 2013 Former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley’s bronze bus is rededicated during LAX Appreciation Day.
General Statistics
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the sixth busiest airport in the world and third busiest in the United States, based on number of passengers.
  • In 2013, 66.7 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 processed in 2013 valued at more than $86.9 billion
  • Approximately 75 air carriers serve LAX, including all major airlines. In addition, there are approximately 27 cargo-only airlines.
  • The airport has four east/west parallel runways: 24R/6L is 8,925 feet; 24L/6R is 10,285 feet; 25R/7L is 12,090 feet; and 25L/7R is 11,095 feet. All are 150 feet wide except 25L/7R, which is 200 feet wide.
  • The Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Traffic 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 Administration Building.
  • An economic study in 2011 reported that operations at LAX generated 294,400 jobs in Los Angeles County with labor income of $13.6 billion and economic output of more than $39.7 billion. This activity added $2.5 billion to local and state revenues.
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