Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX, ICAO: KLAX), is the primary airport serving Los Angeles, California. It is
generally referred to by Californians simply as "LAX", with the letters pronounced individually.
LAX is the busiest airport in the Greater Los Angeles Area, but other airports including Bob Hope Airport, John Wayne Airport, Long Beach Airport, LA/Ontario
International Airport, and Palm Springs International Airport also serve the region. LAX is also the busiest airport in California and the West Coast of the
United States in terms of flight operations, passenger traffic and air cargo activity, leading it to be referred to as the "Gateway to the Pacific Rim".
Today, LAX is in the midst of a $4.11 billion dollar renovation and improvement program to expand and rehabilitate the Tom Bradley International Terminal to
accommodate the next generation of larger aircraft, as well as handle the growing number of flights to and from the Southern California region, and to develop the
Central Terminal Area of the airport to include streamlined passenger processing, public transportation and updated central utility plants. The multi-year projects
are expected to be completed by 2014 and is the largest public works project in Los Angeles history.
The airport is also a major hub for United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, and a focus city for Southwest Airlines, Allegiant Air, Air New Zealand,
Qantas, Virgin America and Volaris. It also serves as an international gateway for Delta Air Lines.