Los Angeles International Airport forged its way upwards in the global ranking of busiest airports by passenger numbers in 2016, gaining three places to finish at #4 (#2 in the U.S. after Atlanta), with 8% growth – the second highest improvement of the top 10 airports globally.
Los Angeles International, or LAX as it is commonly known, dominates its own urban metropolitan area, one of the largest in North America. It is in stiff competition with San Francisco International Airport for trans-Pacific traffic, and with San Diego as the main hub for Southern California.
But there are many other local rivalries. LAX is the only commercial scheduled service airport under the ownership of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), though that body does also own the Van Nuys general aviation airport. Other metropolitan area airports, such as Hollywood Burbank to the northeast, Ontario to the east, Long Beach to the south and John Wayne Orange County to the southeast, all owned by separate municipalities, are competing with LAX and especially for domestic traffic.
This report looks at present and future growth trends at LAX, local airport statistics, how it matches up to other airports across a range of metrics, at construction activities, and at its ownership.